The difference with the UN is unbridgeable - these are two distinct animals. To begin with, the UN's personnel is extremely large by comparison to the G-20 and it is active on the ground, with financing from UN members countries (that pay their membership dues) and from the private sector (for example, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation). So, at ECOSOC, meetings are not intended just for talk but to try and oversee what happens in the field as UN agencies go ahead and run assistance projects and programmes. ECOSOC has the task of keeping all that world-wide field activity (that takes place in many countries that in fact do not belong to the G-20) within the boundaries of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that have been agreed to by the UN General Assembly (GA) in New York in 2000 (this guiding framework of "goals" will be now rediscussed in New York in September at the upcoming GA since the MDGs are ending in 2015 and have to be re-conducted in the form of Sustainable Development Goals, as you know).
However the work of the G-20 is not totally lost on ECOSOC and does have echoes there: some of the same governments are very active in both and of course they work to the same agenda (their own!). But I'm getting ahead of my next post here!
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