DSPD Focal Point on Cooperatives is organizing an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) and Capacity-building Workshop on “The Role of Cooperatives in Sustainable Development: Contributions, Challenges and Strategies”. The EGM is an opportunity for the exchange of ideas on how cooperatives are helping to build sustainable societies, and also a good occasion for capacity-building of cooperative leaders/trainers in Africa. The results will serve to raise awareness as to how best to leverage the cooperative model as a viable means of sustainable living.
DSPD Focal Point on Ageing, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the Asia-Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF), with the support of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), HelpAge International and the International Federation of Ageing, are jointly organising a Workshop on the Social Integration and Rights of Older Persons in the Asia-Pacific region, to foster a regional dialogue towards building consensus around promoting social integration and rights of older persons.
At its 52nd session, in February 2014, the Commission for Social Development chose “Rethinking social development in the contemporary world” as the priority theme for the 2015-2016 review and policy cycle. To this end, the Expert Group Meeting on “Rethinking and Strengthening Social Development in the Contemporary World: Progress in Advancing Social Development and Lessons Learned” is bringing together a small number of experts to review progress made in social development and to discuss whether and under which conditions progress has been most significant.
The Expert Group Meeting on sexual health and reproductive rights was organized following a decision by the Economic and Social Council, authorizing a three day international expert group meeting. The results of the meeting was reported to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at its thirteenth session in May 2014.
UNDESA DSPD and UNESCO will organize an Expert Group Meeting at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, under the theme “Youth Civic Engagement: enabling youth participation in political, social and economic life.” The meeting will bring together experts and representatives of youth organizations, academia, representatives of Member States, United Nations entities, and intergovernmental organizations to discuss the ways in which youth civic engagement can be an enabler for political, social and economic participation, as well as to examine current opportunities and challenges affecting such potential.