United Nations General Assembly Second Committee

The United Nations General Assembly Second Committee (also known as the Economic and Financial Committee or ECOFIN or C2) is one of the six main committees of the United Nations General Assembly. It deals with global finance and economic matters.

United Nations General Assembly Second Committee
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AbbreviationECOFIN, C2
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HeadquartersNew York, United States
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Parent organization
United Nations General Assembly
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The Second Committee meets every year in early October and aims to finish its work by the end of November. All 193 member states of the UN can attend.


The work of the Committee falls under eleven thematic clusters:[1]

  1. Macroeconomic policies
  2. Operational activities for development
  3. Financing for development
  4. Groups of countries in special situations
  5. Globalization and interdependence
  6. Eradication of poverty
  7. Sustainable development
  8. Information and communication technologies for development
  9. Agriculture development, food security and nutrition
  10. Human settlements and sustainable urban development

Current stateEdit

In its 75th Session, the Committee will focus on:[2]

  • Promotion of sustained economic growth and sustainable development in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the General Assembly and recent United Nations conferences
    • Information and communications technologies for sustainable development
    • Macroeconomic policy questions
    • Follow-up to and implementation of the outcomes of the International Conferences on Financing for Development
    • Sustainable development
    • Global Code of Ethics for Tourism
    • Follow-up to the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and strengthening of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme
    • Globalization and interdependence
    • Groups of countries in special situations
    • Eradication of poverty and other development issues
    • Operational activities for development
    • Agriculture development, food security and nutrition
  • Maintenance of international peace and security
    • Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources

Reporting bodiesEdit

The Committee has five main bodies that report through it to the General Assembly. Two programmes: the United Nations Environment Programme and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, as well as the governing bodies of the three Rio conventions: the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).[1]

Working methodsEdit

The work of the Committee usually begins in early October and ends sometime by the end of November, though extensions are often granted to allow the Committee to continue its work until early to mid-December.[1] Its work is split into two main stages: (1) general debate and (2) action on individual items. The first stage, the general debate, lasts up to one week and begins with a keynote address by an invited speaker. The second stage last around four weeks, and is usually when negotiations on draft proposals are conducted.

The Committee also meets annually in a joint meeting with the Economic and Social Council.[1]


The following make up the bureau of the Second Committee for the 75th Session of the General Assembly:[3]

Name Country Position
H.E. Amrit Bahadur Rai     Nepal Chairperson
Rosemary O'Hehir   Australia Vice-Chair
Christine Bailey   Jamaica Vice-Chair
Maria Danielcakova   Slovakia Vice-Chair
Diamane Diome   Senegal Rapporteur

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d The GA Handbook: A Practical Guide to the United Nations General Assembly (PDF) (2nd ed.). New York: Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations. 2017. ISBN 978-0-615-49660-3.
  2. ^ United Nations General Assembly Session 75 Annex 1. Allocation of agenda items to the Second Committee A/C.2/75/1 18 September 2020. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  3. ^ "Economic and Financial Committee (Second Committee): Bureau of the 75th Session". General Assembly of the United Nations. United Nations. n.d. Retrieved 29 September 2020.

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