March 24, 2017
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. Read more
February 13, 2017
In Africa, as in other regions, persons with disabilities are disproportionately likely to live in poverty and, too often, lack access to education, health care, employment opportunities, housing, social protection systems, justice, cultural expression and participation in political life. The ability of persons with disabilities to participate in society is often frustrated because physical environments, transportation and information and communications systems are not accessible.
In this context, a Toolkit on Disability for Africa has been developed by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD). It is comprised of 14 modules focused on various topics of socio-economic development related to disability issues in Africa. Read more
November 10, 2016
In adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, world leaders committed themselves to leaving no one behind in pursuit of the eradication of extreme poverty and protection of the planet. Through concerted efforts galvanized by the MDGs, the world has made progress in reducing poverty, but social exclusion persists in both developed and developing countries. At the same time, some countries have been able to effectively promote inclusion even at low levels of income and development. Read more
October 21, 2016
By 2050, it is expected that about 6.25 billion people, 15 per cent of whom are persons with disabilities, will be living in urban centres. Urbanization has the potential to be an engineer for achieving sustainable and inclusive development for all. This new publication on “Good Practices of Accessible Urban Development” illustrates and encourages more initiatives and concrete actions from both developing and developed countries in advancing urban development to be accessible and inclusive to all, including persons with disabilities and other special needs. Read more
July 19, 2016
The World Youth Report on Youth Civic Engagement was launched in UN Headquarters, New York on 15 July 2016. The Report explores young people’s participation in economic, political and community life, responding to growing interest in, and an increased policy focus on, youth civic engagement in recent years among Governments, young people and researchers. The Report provides thematic insights on economic, political and community engagement, coupled with expert opinion pieces so as to provide robust and varied perspectives into youth engagement. Read more