The Economic and Social Council
The Economic and Social Council is at the heart of the United Nations system to advance the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental. It is the central platform for fostering debate and innovative thinking, forging consensus on ways forward, and coordinating efforts to achieve internationally agreed goals. It is also responsible for the follow-up to major UN conferences and summits.
ECOSOC links a diverse family of UN entities (Organigram) dedicated to sustainable development, providing overall guidance and coordination. The entities include regional economic and social commissions, functional commissions facilitating intergovernmental discussions of major global issues, and specialized agencies, programmes and funds at work around the world to translate development commitments into real changes in people’s lives.
NEW POLITICS OF PROTECTION OF TANGIBLE AND INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE IN WAR ZONES
Cultural heritage has always been considered as the preserved root of our civilization made by our ancestors. It expresses the elementary progress of our abilities and growth of our values. By its conservation, we revere the past acts and moreover support its educational purposes. It is too complex to certainly describe its value, however what we come to agree is its protection in any circumstances. This is becoming still more challenging with war and terrorism spread including more powerful forces. Even with generally accepted war laws, conventions for the protection of cultural heritage, or the help of NGOs, which will be mentioned in further chapters, it is apparent, that the politics led so far is insufficient. The aim of ECOSOC is hence clear – to develop efficient and sustainable safeguarding plan to protect both, tangible and intangible cultural heritage in case of war or any armed conflict.