27-29 May. New York, USA
Every year, ECOSOC will convene the Integration Segment for three days in May on the main theme of the Council. The outcome will be a summary by the ECOSOC Vice-President highlighting the main policy recommendations arising from the discussions and providing guidance on integrating the three dimensions of sustainable development.
Sustainable urbanization as an integration tool
In 2014, the Economic and Social Council will focus on the overall theme of “Addressing on-going and emerging challenges for meeting the Millennium Development Goals in 2015 and for sustaining development gains in the future”. One area that poses both challenges and opportunities for achieving the MDGs in 2015 and for sustaining development gains in the future is urbanization. Recognizing the importance of this issue, in 2012, the Economic and Social Council invited Governments to further promote sustainable cities and the role of local authorities in their national development policies and programmes and to consider the environmentally sustainable, socially inclusive and economically productive roles of cities in the post-2015 United Nations development agenda (Resolution 2012/27). In this connection, the Integration Segment could focus on sustainable urbanization to address the main theme in an integrated and focused way.