President of ECOSOC discusses Council’s priorities and opportunities for further collaboration with Heads of Regional Commissions

In a meeting on 11 February, the President of ECOSOC and the Executive Secretaries of the UN Regional Commissions discussed priory areas for the Council this year  in which the RegComs can lend their support and expertise, in particular the response to COVID-19 with a focus on promoting equitable distribution of the vaccines and increasing the fiscal space to developing countries to allow them to pursue effective response and recovery through regional initiatives and international cooperation to provide liquidity, address debt vulnerability, and pave the way for an inclusive, resilient and sustainable recovery.  The discussions also stressed the need to strengthen the interaction between ECOSOC and the regional platforms of the RegComs notably relating to FfD, as well as between the RFSDs and the HLPF including through active participation by the President and the Bureau in the relevant regional platforms and RFSDs as well as through concrete actions to strengthen the regional dimensions at HLPF.