Paris, June 3, 2013
Ambassador Nestor Osorio, in his capacity as Chairman of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), participated in the Eighth Global Conference on "Planet Workshops" at UNESCO headquarters in Paris and took part in the opening session titled "Has the transition been set in motion?". In his speech, Ambassador Osorio noted the important role of ECOSOC in achieving a balanced integration of the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.
He also highlighted the need to provide a platform for dialogue between the various stakeholders to produce specific and effective solutions, in developing initiatives to strengthen equitable dissemination of sustainable innovations. For this reason, he referred to last Alliances Forum Economic and Social Council on "Partnerships for Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Development," which attracted more than 350 senior representatives of the private sector and foundations, as well as representatives of NGOs and academia.
Similarly, he suggested that the definition of a new development agenda is an excellent opportunity to align the interests of the business community with the goals of the UN to have a unified view of the way forward beyond 2015. Finally, said Rio +20 had laid the foundation to define a plan of action, but that it was essential for governments to include civil society, the private sector, academia and community-based organizations to work together and guided by a common agenda and aspiration that ties the three dimensions of sustainable development. See more »
May 29, 2013
Ambassador Nestor Osorio, in his capacity as Chairman of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), chaired the ECOSOC Special Meeting on International Cooperation in Tax Matters, which took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The meeting was attended by the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters, representatives of national tax authorities, representatives of international and regional organizations dealing with international cooperation in tax matters, and members of academic institutions, civil society and private sector. During his speech, Ambassador Osorio made reference to some of the major contributions of the Committee as the review of the Convention of the United Nations Model Double Taxation between Developed and Developing Countries, highlighting the important role played by UN international cooperation in tax matters. During the meeting, was also launched the Practical Manual of the United Nations on Transfer Pricing for Developing Countries, which seeks to explain the principle of "market prices" for developing countries and their practical application in line with its priorities and circumstances. Ambassador Osorio mentioned that the effective mobilization of domestic resources to key sectors for sustainable development require modern tax systems, a more efficient tax collection, and an effective measures to combat tax evasion, and in that regard highlighted the role of international cooperation in tax matters as part of the funding strategy for sustainable development. See more »
H.E. Mr. Juan Manuel Santos Calderón
Minister of Foreign Affairs
H.E. Mrs. María Ángela Holguín Cuéllar
UN Ambassador of Colombia
H.E. Mr. Nestor Osorio