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Expert Group Meeting on Economic and Social Councils (ESCs)
Start Date: Jul 24, 2008
End Date: Jul 25, 2008
Venue: United Nations, Vienna, Austria
Description: This Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on Economic and Social Councils (ESCs) intends toprovide a platform for Presidents and senior officials from various ESCs worldwide and international organizations on ESCs, to discuss key concepts and issues on civic participation and the role of ESC as a tool for civil society engagement in governmental policy-making, in pursuit of the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

For more information on UNDESA's Programme of Work on ESCs, please visit:



  • Welcome Statement by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Alexander Michael Graf Von Schwerin, Vice President, EESC  
  • Civic Engagement in Policy Development and Implementation, M. Adil Khan, Expert on Participatory Governance (powerpoint)
  • Some Aspects of Social Dialogue from an ILO's Standpoint, Georges Minet, Senior Labour Law Specialist, Social Dialogue, Labour Law and Labour Administration Department, International Labour Organization (paper)
  • Social Partnership and Civil Dialogue in Austria : Participatory Alongside Parliamentary Democracy, Thomas Delapina, Secretary-General,Austrian Social Partners' Advisory Council for Economic & Social Affairs(powerpoint) (paper)
  • The Economic and Social Council of Spain : Fifteen years promoting citizen participation, Beatriz Martin-Nieto, Head of the Department of Analysis & Evaluation of Activities, Economic & Social Council, Spain (paper)
  • Social Dialogue & Economic and Social Council : Slovenian Case, Igor Antauer, Deputy President, Economic and Social Council (powerpoint)
  • Economic and Social Council of Portugal, Renata Mesquita, Economic Advisor to the President, Economic & Social Council (powerpoint) (paper)
  • The Dutch Social and Economic Council : Some Special Features, Steven Duursma, Deputy Secretary-General, Socio-economic Council (powerpoint) (paper)
  • The Social Economic Council of Aruba, Ben Marapin, Secretary-General, Social Economic Council (powerpoint) (paper)
  • Tripartite Commission for Social and Economic Affairs, Agata Oklinska, Senior Specialist, Social Dialogue & Partnership Department, Ministry of Labour & Social Policy, Poland (powerpoint) (paper)
  • The CES Link Project : A Communication Tool Between the Economic and Social Councils in the European Union, Martha Theodorou, Head, Public and International Relations, Economic & Social Council, Greece (powerpoint)
  • The Role of Economic & Social Council of Bulgaria for the Development of a New Model of Civil Dialogue & Consultations, Lalko Dulevski, President Economic & Social Council (powerpoint) (paper)
  • Hungarian Economic & Social Council, Janos Toth, President, Economic& Social Council (powerpoint)(paper)
  • The Council of Economic & Social Agreement, Czech Republic, Lubomir Baros, Senior Counsellor, External Relations (paper)
  • Analyzing Intensity Levels of Civil Participation : The Case of ESCs in Eastern European Countries, Jacinto De Vera & Silke Eisenbeiss (paper)
  • Capacity Building Initiatives for Economic & Social Councils, Efrain Velazquez, President, National Economic Council, Venezuela (paper) (powerpoint)
  • State of the Economic and Social Councils in Africa, Simone Zoundi, Vice President, Economic & Social Council, Burkina Faso and Gustabe Nebie, Interregional Advisor, UNDESA (French) (English)
  • Innovative Experiences & Best Practices : Economic & Social Council, Guinea (French) powerpoint
  • UNDESA's Development Account Project, Jacinto De Vera, EGM Chair (powerpoint)
  • UNDESA's Work Programme on Economic and Social Councils, Jacinto De Vera, EGM Chair (powerpoint)
  • UNDESA's Database on Economic and Social Councils (ESCs) and Report on UNDESA's Survey on ESCs,          Mary Christine Ong-Reyes, EGM Coordinator (powerpoint)
Created By: DPADM / UNDESA
Organizers: Socio-economic Governance and Management Branch, DPADM
Participation Requirements: By Invitation
  • Mr. DE VERA, Jacinto
    Chief, Policy Analysis and Coordination Unit, Socio-Economic Governance & Management Branch, DPADM, UNDESA
    SGMB / DPADM, United Nations

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