The Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) launched the United Nations Social Development Network (UNSDN) in August 2012.
UNSDN provides a global platform for sharing knowledge, experiences and best practices in social development from around the world.
With more than half of the world’s Internet and mobile phone users located in developing countries, and with social networking sites expanding rapidly, the potential to share information and good practices, as well as cooperate to promote social development, is greater than ever before.
UNSDN will simplify the dissemination of information and knowledge produced by the United Nations system in the area of social development with particular attention tothe three core issues of poverty eradication, employment generation and social integration in order to assist Member States in the development of policies and practices that promote the goals of the World Summit for Social Development. UNSDN will promote greater awareness of social development areas, including ageing, civil society, cooperatives, disability, employment, family, indigenous peoples, poverty eradication, social integration, technology and youth.
UNSDN serves as a unique global portal for social development that:
- Provides a one-stop shop that provides information and knowledge on social development;
- Provides an interactive platform for stakeholders to share documents, lessons on best practices and develop joint work platforms;
- Showcases new and innovative projects in social development;
- Promotes capacity-building in developing countries and economies in transition by promoting knowledge and information in the area of social development;
- Assists Member States to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Link to the United Nations Social Development Network (UNSDN):