Our vision, mission & history
ESCWA was established in 1973 to stimulate economic activity in member countries, strengthen cooperation between them, and promote development.
The Commission is the highest body within the organization. It holds a session at the ministerial level once every two years. Reporting to it are 10 subsidiary bodies, namely the Executive Committee and nine specialized subsidiary committees, which help to formulate its programme plan and act as an interface between member States and the secretariat’s substantive experts.
Ms. Rola Dashti
Ms. Dashti is a leading Kuwaiti economist and long-time champion of women’s rights, gender equality and democratic reform.
She served as member of the Supreme Planning Council in Kuwait. From 2012 to 2014, she was Minister for Planning and Development and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs. Ms. Dashti played a pivotal role in advocating for a decree to allow Kuwaiti women to vote and run for parliamentary elections. In May 2009, she and three others became the first women to be elected to the Kuwait parliament.
External relations & communications
The External Relations and Communications Section handles the Commission’s relationships with member States and development partners, and communication with the media and the public.
Resource management & service development
The Resources Management and Service Development Division (RMSDD) is the operations arm of ESCWA. It provides reliable and proactive services to support the Commission in implementing its programmes and fulfilling its mandates to member States. RMSD offers a variety of services to clients and partners, while ensuring high standards of efficiency and effectiveness.
Technical cooperation is aimed at supporting capacity development efforts and advancing the formulation and implementation of sustainable development policies in member States.
ESCWA has partnered with member States, development agencies, intergovernmental organizations, agencies within and outside the United Nations system, civil society organizations and the private sector.
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ESCWA promotes an organizational culture that is family friendly and gender sensitive, reflecting the roles in which female and male employees can manage the demands of work and family.