Economic and Social Council
As economic and social issues the Council considers promoting higher standards of living, full employment and the conditions of social and economic progress and development. The committee also aids at finding the solutions of international economic, social, health and related problems. Nevertheless it supports international educational and cultural cooperation and universal respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms without distinction as to race, sex, language and religion. Responsibility for discharging these functions is vested in the committee. The ECOSOC serves as the central forum for discussing international economic and social issues, and for formulating policy recommendations addressed to member states and the United Nations system. Through these discussions, the Council plays a key role in fostering international cooperation for development and in setting priorities for action.
In short: the ECOSOC is responsible for coordinating the international economic, social, health, educational, cultural and related matters and make recommendations for the purpose of promoting respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms for all.