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Chile at the head of the UN Economic and Social Council: recognition of commitment to sustainable development

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For the fifth time, our country presides over this organization, which is responsible for promoting the realization of sustainable development in the economic, social and environmental spheres.

On July 27, Chile's permanent representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Paula Narváez, assumed the presidency of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

In the opinion of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alberto van Klaveren, this responsibility, which will be exercised for one year, will be key to giving continuity to the country's foreign policy: "it will be an intermediary to continue fostering and promoting a culture of peace, tolerance and respect".

ECOSOC, established in 1945, is the main body for coordination, policy review, policy dialogue and recommendations on economic, social and development issues, and ensures the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda.

In this matter, one of the upcoming challenges is the celebration of the SDG Summit, to be held in New York on September 18 and 19, a meeting that will be attended by Heads of State to review the implementation of the aforementioned agenda and its 17 goals for sustainable development. They will also discuss the transformative and urgent actions that will lead to the fulfillment of the goals by 2030, culminating in a political declaration.

This is the fifth time that Chile will assume the presidency and Narváez is the first Chilean woman permanent representative to the United Nations to do so. She was preceded in previous instances by Ambassador Hernán Santa Cruz in 1950-1951, and Ambassador Juan Somavía in 1993 and 1998.

"This presidency reaffirms Chile's appreciation of the United Nations as the most relevant multilateral forum that the international community has provided to promote the maintenance of peace, international security and the well-being of peoples," said Ambassador Narvaez.

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