|Description:||At its forty-fourth session, held on 18 February 2005 and from 8 to 17 February|
and 22 March 2006, the Commission for Social Development considered the priority
theme ?Review of the first United Nations Decade on the Eradication of Poverty
(1997-2006)?, and the review of relevant United Nations plans and programmes of
action pertaining to the situation of social groups.
On the priority theme, the Commission heard a keynote address by Clare Short
of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and held a panel
discussion. The Commission decided to transmit the Chairperson?s summary of the
discussion to the coordination segment on ?Sustained economic growth for social
development, including the eradication of poverty and hunger? of the 2006
substantive session of the Economic and Social Council.
Also under the priority theme, the Commission heard a presentation by the
Division for Social Policy and Development on a technical cooperation project
?Tackling poverty together: the role of young people in poverty reduction?.
The Commission adopted a resolution on ?Social dimensions of the New
Partnership for Africa?s Development?, according to in which the Council would
recommend that the Commission continue to give prominence to the social
dimensions of the New Partnership during its forty-fifth session.
In connection with its review of plans and programmes of action pertaining to
the situation of social groups, the Commission adopted a resolution on modalities for
the first review and appraisal of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing,
2002. To promote wider awareness of the first review and appraisal, a panel
discussion was organized in order to bring before the Commission experts with indepth
knowledge of ageing issues and bottom-up participatory methodologies. The
Chairperson?s summary of the discussion is contained in the annex to the present
The Commission also recommended to the Economic and Social Council the
adoption of a resolution on a comprehensive and integral international convention to
protect and promote the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities and a
resolution on promoting youth employment.
The Commission addressed the subject of the further review of the methods of
work of the Commission, and recommended to the Council that the theme for the
2007/2008 review and policy cycle would be ?Promoting full employment and
decent work for all?, taking into account the interrelationship between employment,
poverty eradication and social integration.
In accordance with General Assembly resolution 60/227 on international
migration and development, the Commission decided to transmit, through the
Economic and Social Council, to the high-level dialogue on international migration
and development, planned in September 2006 during the sixty-first session of the
General Assembly, the Chairperson?s summary of the panel discussion on
?International migration and migrants from a social perspective?, held during the
forty-second session of the Commission.