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Slovak UN envoy elected new president of Economic and Social Council (2)

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09:45, January 11, 2012

"I strongly believe that ECOSOC is well-placed and well- equipped to become the central place for follow-up to Rio +20," he said. "No other body, whether existing or new, has the wherewithal for integrating the economic, social, and environmental pillars."

The Rio conference will review progress made towards sustainable development goals and attempt to renew political will.

"At the last Rio summit we dreamed big, this time around ambition is maybe more modest," Koterec said. "If Rio+20 is to make the right impact it must instead set its sights on changing the terms of debate from neutralizing human influence on the planet to better managing and mitigating its impact."

The new ECOSOC president said that in the 2012 term, the council will be engaged in helping create new paths to international development.

"As for ECOSOC's role in shaping the post-2015 development framework, influence again demands visionary thinking," he noted.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of eight international development objectives that UN member states have pledged to meet, will expire in 2015. Koterec said that the new framework should retain the best elements of the MDGs, like " simplicity and time-bound targets" while also adopting "a sharpened focus on outcomes and delivery."

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