Social integration is the priority theme of the 48th session of the Commission for Social Development to be held from 3-12 February in New York
This year will be the policy session in the two-year cycle of the Commission’s work and its deliberations will focus on policy options and practical measures to implement the goal of enhancing social integration and to overcome challenges in that area as well as its relationship with poverty eradication, full employment and decent work for all. The outcome is expected to be an action-oriented resolution addressing policy measures for promoting social integration.
The Civil Society Forum will take place on 2 February and the outcome of the meeting will be presented to the opening session of the Commission.
There will be two high-level panel discussions. The first panel in the afternoon of 3 February will be devoted to commemorating the 15th anniversary of the World Summit for Social Development and will focus on framing the way forward for the social development agenda given the mixed progress that has been made in achieving the Summit goals. The second panel on the priority theme in the morning of 4 February will address the challenges and lessons learned from promoting social integration and its linkages with the goals of eradicating poverty and promoting full employment and decent work.
The Commission will also discuss emerging issues with the theme “Policy responses on employment and the social consequences of the financial and economic crisis, including its gender dimension.”
In addition, the Commission will review the relevant United Nations plans and programmes of action pertaining to the situation of social groups, especially youth, persons with disabilities, the family and older persons, namely the modality of the second review and appraisal of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing. The Special Rapporteur on Disability will make a presentation.
It will also consider future organization and methods of work of the Commission and will make a decision on a priority theme for the 2011-2012 review and policy cycle.
A number of side events have also been planned throughout the two-week period.
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