States must adapt national plans, forge wide partnerships for greater progress, CSocD55 hears

CSocD55 Opening SessionWhile the Copenhagen Declaration had helped countries make great strides in improving living conditions, the international community must now align its work with modern reality, speakers told the Commission on Social Development today, with some calling on the 40-member body to revise its work programme and end duplication.

Concluding debate on the priority theme “strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all”, representatives of Governments, non-governmental organizations and United Nations agencies alike offered prescriptions for creating more just, inclusive and equal societies 22 years after the 1995 World Summit on Social Development in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Decrying the Commission for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with an “outdated” worldview, the United States representative cautioned that if it did not evolve, it would become vestigial body of the Economic and Social Council. 

“We must be tactical in our demands of the Secretariat and practical in our alignment of the mandates established by the Commission with the work of the 2030 Agenda,” he said, suggesting a revision of its work programme. Similarly, Mexico’s delegate urged the United Nations to eliminate duplication and strengthen its mechanisms for delivering better results.  He also recalled that his country would host the first regional follow up meeting on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

Throughout the debate, a number of delegates discussed national strategies to eradicate poverty.  Japan’s representative pointed to its cooperation with a wide range of stakeholders, including non-governmental organizations, academia and the private sector.  There was a need for a holistic approach and sharing of best practices, he emphasized.

“No one should be left invisible,” said Colombia’s delegate, stressing that Governments must monitor, evaluate and reform development agendas and initiatives as necessary.  It was essential to avoid “one-size-fits-all” solutions.

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