New York City, 26 July 2022 (TDI): The new president of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)  Lachezara Stoeva issued her inaugural statement highlighting and addressing the Covid-19 challenges.

Lachezara Stoeva, the new President of ECOSOC, outlined the main agenda for the Council in the upcoming months. The main objective in the coming term will be to counter the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to the new President, there will be chances to undo the disastrous effects of the pandemic on several SDGs. The pandemic is still very much alive.

The pandemic continues to have a significant negative influence on many nations. This is overloading their social mechanisms of protection, rolling back years of advancement.

Additionally, the Ukrainian war has influenced food instability, electricity shortages, and financial crisis all over the world.

Lachezara Stoeva, President of ECOSOC states that her first priority, as ECOSOC President, will be to ensure that ECOSOC and the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) provide solid, evidence-based, innovative, and actionable policy guidance to curb and address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the SDGs.

7 Priorities enlisted by the New President 

The inaugural speech of the new president comprised a list of seven priority-based agendas. These agendas include, firstly, overcoming Covid-19 impacts. The second priority of the President is “to help bridge the great finance divide identified in the 2022 Financing for Sustainable Development Report”.

The third and fourth priorities are; efficient contributions from ECOSOC and HLPF in the upcoming preparations for the September’23 SDG Summit. And to build on the success of the Humanitarian Affairs Segment, respectively.

The fifth priority will be to follow up on the Secretary-General’s recommendations addressed to ECOSOC in his report on Our Common Agenda. The sixth priority will be to make ECOSOC more interactive with the youth and other stakeholders.

Last, but not least, the seventh priority of the New President will be to implement the new recommendations for the ECOSOC and HLFP, by the General Assembly.

Ambassador Lachezara Stoeva

Ambassador Stoeva is a career diplomat from Bulgaria and was the Permanent Representative of Bulgaria to the UN. Before assuming this position, Ambassador Stoeva was leading the  Department of Economic, Financial, and Administrative Affairs of the United Nations, in Bulgaria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Earlier she also served as Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 2016 to 2019, prior to which she was Acting Deputy Permanent Representative and Counsellor, responsible for issues including international security and disarmament.

Before coming to New York, Stoeva headed the Foreign Ministry’s Department of Arms Control and Non-Proliferation from 2013 to 2014, and the Department of International Development Cooperation from 2012 until 2013.

She first joined the Ministry in 2002 and has worked extensively on international security issues with an emphasis on arms control, non-proliferation, and United Nations issues.

Ambassador Stoeva holds master’s degrees in European politics and government from the London School of Economics and in political science from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. For more read here.