2016 Civil Society Participation Evaluation Report
UNDESA Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) launched the 2016 Civil Society Participation Evaluation Report based on a CSocD54 post-participation survey, that asked registered representatives about the quality of their participation.
The 54th session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD54) took place from 3-12 February 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, under the priority theme “Rethinking and Strengthening Social Development in the Contemporary World”. A total of 320 representatives from 124 ECOSOC accredited organizations attended the session. The regional distribution of participants was disproportional with 71 percent of participants coming from North America and 11 percent from Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean sent a combined 18 percent participants.
To increase representation, it is recommended that Member States include civil society members in their delegations and take a more active role in the Commission. For UNDESA DSPD, improving outreach and better data collection of participation should be implemented to increase civil society engagement with Member States. NGOs are encouraged to reach out to other organizations and representatives to promote the Commission, encourage younger members to participate and to engage in cross-issue collaboration of written and oral interventions as well as side events.