44th Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD44)

44th Session of Commission for Social Development - Review of the first United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty

Priority Theme “Review of the first United Nations Decade on the Eradication of Poverty (1997-2006)”

The 44th Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD44) took place from 8 to 17 February 2006 at UN Headquarters in New York. The priority theme was “Review of the first United Nations Decade on the Eradication of Poverty (1997-2006)” and the review of relevant United Nations plans and programmes of action pertaining to the situation of social groups.

On the priority theme, the Commission heard a keynote address by Clare Short of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and held a panel discussion. The Commission decided to transmit the Chairperson’s summary of the discussion to the coordination segment on “Sustained economic growth for social development, including the eradication of poverty and hunger” of the 2006 substantive session of the Economic and Social Council.

Also under the priority theme, the Commission heard a presentation by the Division for Social Policy and Development on a technical cooperation project “Tackling poverty together: the role of young people in poverty reduction”.

The Commission adopted a resolution on “Social dimensions of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development”, according to in which the Council would recommend that the Commission continue to give prominence to the social dimensions of the New Partnership during its forty-fifth session. In connection with its review of plans and programmes of action pertaining to the situation of social groups, the Commission adopted a resolution on modalities for the first review and appraisal of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, 2002. To promote wider awareness of the first review and appraisal, a panel discussion was organized in order to bring before the Commission experts with indepth knowledge of ageing issues and bottom-up participatory methodologies. The Chairperson’s summary of the discussion is contained in the annex to the present report.

The Commission also recommended to the Economic and Social Council the adoption of a resolution on a comprehensive and integral international convention to protect and promote the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities and a resolution on promoting youth employment. The Commission addressed the subject of the further review of the methods of work of the Commission, and recommended to the Council that the theme for the 2007/2008 review and policy cycle would be “Promoting full employment and decent work for all”, taking into account the interrelationship between employment, poverty eradication and social integration.

Final Report on the Forty Fourth Session of the Commission for Social Development, E/2006/26 (SUPP)
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Members of the Bureau

Function Name Country
Chairperson
H.E. Mr. Javier Loayza Barea
Bolivia
Vice-Chairpersons
Ms. Valerie Bruell-Melchior
Monaco
 
Mr. Victor Leu
Republic of Moldova
 
Ms. Nina Djajaprawira
Republic of Indonesia
 
Mr. Luvuyo Lonsdale Ndimeni
South Africa
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