INCLUDE platform member Rolph van der Hoeven has been elected to the United Nations Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC’s) Committee for Development Policy. Rolph is em. professor of Employment and Development Economics at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University (EUR) and member of the Netherlands Advisory Council on International affairs. He has been engaged with INCLUDE knowledge platform from the start.
ECOSOC is one of the six main organs at the centre of the UN system. It provides overall guidance and coordination for UN entities in three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental. As such, it is the central platform for fostering debate and innovative thinking on sustainable development towards achieving internationally-agreed goals. It is also responsible for following up on major UN conferences and summits. Rolph van der Hoeven was nominated for the position by the UN General Secretary, Antonio Guterres. He replaces Teresa Rivera from Spain and will hold the position from 1 January 2019 until 31 December 2021. The INCLUDE Secretariat, on behalf of all platform members, would like to congratulate Rolph on his election to the committee.