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Social inclusion to leave no one behind (LNOB)

UN DESA has a strong mandate to promote socially inclusive development and reduction of inequalities by helping translate relevant international agreements into policy and practice at regional, national and sub-national levels, in the context of the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs. In particular, UN DESA is the custodian of international processes and agreements[1] focused on the inclusion of specific social groups (indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, older persons and youth) that have traditionally been left behind, as well as other focus areas (families, cooperatives and sports for peace and development) and issues critical to furthering social development, such as poverty eradication, reducing inequalities and promoting full and productive employment.


UNDESA can strengthen RC/UNCT knowledge and capacities to advocate and promote social inclusion in their countries.


Building on its extensive experience and expertise on policy and capacity development issues affecting these groups, UN DESA, through its Division for Inclusive Social Development (DISD), has been providing substantive support to Member States and UNCTs on issues related to LNOB. UN DESA can support the RC/UNCT advocacy role and efforts to ensure that no one is left behind in various ways:

  1. Knowledge Platforms: that provide:
    • Information on the global debate on social development in the Second and Third Committees of General Assembly, UN Commission for Social Development (CSocD), Conference of the State Parties for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, ECOSOC Youth Forum, and Interagency Support Groups co-chaired by UN DESA/DISD;
    • Access to technical knowledge and expertise to build national capacity for social inclusion, including research, data and policy analysis on marginalized social groups, inequalities and social protection;
  1. Capacity development – UNDESA can produce guidelines, toolkits, and other learning tools, including training material (e.g. videos, podcast, webinars, etc.) targeting members of UNCTs, representatives of Governments and civil society to raise awareness and transfer knowledge and build national capacity at the country level to include marginalized social groups in national policies to reduce inequalities and promote social protection systems, cooperatives, sport for development and peace, and the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of inclusive social policies. Training material could also be developed in collaboration with RCs/UNCTs in selected countries to contextualize it in the country context. Methodology and guidelines for social inclusion could also be developed for the CCA and UNSDCF roll-out in 2021.



Indigenous Peoples


 Social Protection

[1] The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; the Political Declaration and the Madrid Plan of Action on Ageing.