Economic and Social Council
The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), established in 1945, represents one of the principal organs of the United Nations. The Council serves as the main forum for discussion of international economic, social, cultural and health issues, as well as human rights and fundamental freedoms. It also coordinates the work of the 14 United Nations specialized agencies, 9 functional as well as 5 regional commissions. The Council holds regular meetings with prominent academics, business sector representatives and more than 3,200 non-governmental organizations, of which majority (2,869) have a consultative status.