Commission to focus on empowering people

The Fifty-First Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD) will be convened in New York on 6-15 February under the priority theme “Promoting empowerment of people in achieving poverty eradication, social integration and full employment and decent work for all”

Commission to focus on empowering peopleCSocD is a functional commission of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Since the World Summit for Social Development took place in Copenhagen in 1995, the Commission has been the key UN body in charge of the follow-up and implementation of the Copenhagen Declaration and Programme of Action. As a result of the Summit, the mandate of the Commission was reviewed and its membership expanded from 32 to 46 members in 1996.

Meeting once a year in New York, the Commission has addressed key social development themes as part of its follow-up to the Copenhagen Summit and the Programme of Work contains all documentation of the Commission for each of its sessions since the Summit.

This year, the event will feature a high-level panel discussion on 6 February, focusing on the priority theme and aiming to deepen knowledge and understanding of the link between empowerment and other critical elements of social policy to reduce poverty, promote social integration and full employment and decent work for all.

Panel discussions will also be arranged with events focusing on aging on 7 February; on the emerging issue of the social dimension of the global development agenda beyond 2015 on 11 February; and reviewing the implementation of the World Programme of Action for Youth on 11 February.

The Special Rapporteur on Disability, Mr. Shuaib Chalklen, will also give a presentation during the evening session on 8 February.

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Fifty-First Session of the Commission for Social Development

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