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Economic and Social Councils throughout the World

Economic and social councils are widely disseminated and acknowledged throughout the world as institutions that foster participation and dialogue. Despite differences regarding the composition and designation of its members, legal competences, operating structures and work strategies, more than 70 countries have established similar councils or institutions. Their main purpose is usually to bring government and society closer in the processes of public policy formulation and improvement.

Councils of several countries have established bilateral partnerships and launched international networks for the exchange of experiences with the objectives of disseminating the culture of dialogue and enriching internal debates. These initiatives also seek the sharing of views, joint positioning on issues of common interest, the exchange of good practices on consensus building, and on strategies to increase the incidence and effectiveness of councils.

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