Special committees

The ECOSOC has established a number of subsidiary organs - special committees, in order to perform its tasks and functions. Over the years there has been a considerable increase of such subsidiary organs and other additional intergovernmental bodies in the economic, social and humanitarian fields.

Apart from Functional Commissions and Regional Economic Commissions, there are

  • Permanent Committees
  • Expert Committees for important tasks
  • Ad-Hoc Committees.

A few examples are Special Committees for:

More on Special Committees

  • ECOSOC Subsidiary Bodies. A web portal to the Special Committees of the Economic and Social Council.
  • Full text documents can be accessed through the websites of the subsidiary bodies.
  • The subsidiary bodies submit an annual report to ECOSOC in the documentary series Supplements to the Official Records of the Economic and Social Council.
  • Recent supplements are posted as reports at the ECOSOC website.

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Last modified: 2021-12-03