Ageing, Older Persons and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Ageing, Older Persons and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable DevelopmentThe 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development sets out a universal plan of action to achieve sustainable development in a balanced manner and seeks to realize the human rights of all people. It calls for leaving no one behind and for ensuring that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are met for all segments of society, at all ages, with a particular focus on the most vulnerable—including older persons.

Preparing for an ageing population is vital to the achievement of the integrated 2030 Agenda, with ageing cutting across the goals on poverty eradication, good health, gender equality, economic growth and decent work, reduced inequalities and sustainable cities. Therefore, while it is essential to address the exclusion and vulnerability of—and intersectional discrimination against—many older persons in the implementation of the new agenda, it is even more important to go beyond treating older persons as a vulnerable group. Older persons must be recognized as the active agents of societal development in order to achieve truly transformative, inclusive and sustainable development outcomes. Read more

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System-wide action plan (SWAP) on the rights of indigenous peoples

System-wide action plan (SWAP) on Indigenous PeoplesThis action plan builds on the momentum and spirit of the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples and to this end will promote partnership and collaboration between the UN system, civil society organizations, and multilateral bodies such as regional development banks and human rights special procedures and commissions.

This system wide action plan will contribute to the fit for purpose agenda by ensuring stronger linkages between the normative and operational work of the United Nations, increasing coordination and coherence in addressing the rights of indigenous peoples. It calls for strengthened United Nations senior level engagement, encouraging work with Member States in a spirit of partnership and cooperation to generate support for the implementation of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. As such this action plan implies the need to advance the rights and well-being of indigenous peoples, in the field and at headquarters, including by shared analysis, common strategies and greater accountability. Read more

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Social Development Brief: Leaving no one behind? Mixed Success

Social Development Brief: Leaving no one behind? Mixed SuccessThe 2030 Agenda’s pledge to leave no one behind demands that progress towards the Agenda’s goals and targets be faster among the most disadvantaged social groups. Without quicker improvements among those who are lagging further behind, the systematic disparities described in the Report on the World Social Situation 2016 (United Nations, 2016) will not decline. While the data needed to monitor progress in all goals and targets for each group that is disadvantaged or at risk are not systematically available, the existing data illustrate the complexity of establishing whether some people are being left behind. Much depends on contexts and on the indicators used to assess progress.

Health inequalities between social groups, for instance, have evolved differently across countries, regions and by group. Read more

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2016 Civil Society Participation Evaluation Report

2016 CIVIL SOCIETY PARTICIPATION EVALUATION REPORTUNDESA 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

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Toolkit on Disability for Africa

Toolkit on Disability for AfricaIn 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

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