The 45th session of the Commission for Social Development will review the priority theme “Promoting full employment and decent work for all” and evaluate plans and programmes of action for social groups, including older persons, youth and persons with disabilities. Jose Antonio Ocampo, Under Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, will open the session.
During the first week, the three panels include:
- Macroeconomic policy for full employment and decent work, moderated by Jose Antonio Ocampo, featuring Dr. Marion Williams, Governor, Central Bank of Barbados, Mustapha Nabli, Chief Economist, World Bank’s Middle East and North Africa region and Jean-Paul Tricart, Head of Unit for International Affairs, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities in the European Commission.
- Labour mobility, youth and families, moderated by Jomo Kwame Sundaram, featuring Ndidi Nwuneli, Founder/CEO of LEAP Africa, Bagher Asadi, Senior Expert, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Iran, Magatte Wade, member of the High-level Panel on Youth Employment and Bharat Wakhlu, President, Tata Inc., U.S.
- Good Practices for promoting employment and decent work, moderated by Jose Manuel Salazar, Executive Director, Employment Sector, ILO, featuring Sonia Rocha, Senior Researcher at IETS, Brazil, Zephania Kameeta, Bishop and leader in campaign for basic income grant, Namibia, Santosh Mehrotra, Planning Commission, Government of India and Sylvia Beales, Policy Development Manager, HelpAge International.
- During the second week, there will be two panel discussions:
- Implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing: highlights of progress , moderated by Johan Scholvinck, featuring Hon. Mrs. Sheilabai BAPPOO, Minister of Social Security, National Solidarity & Senior Citizen Welfare and Reform Institutions Republic of Mauritius; Professor Frederick Fenech, Director, International Institute on Ageing, Malta; Martha B. Pelaez, Ph.D., International Consultant on Ageing; and Mary Ann Tsao, President and Chief Executive Officer, Tsao Foundation, Singapore.
- Presentation of the World Youth Report 2007 , moderated by Johan Scholvinck, featuring Jane Lowicki-Zucca, Adjunct Faculty member at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies for the Center for Global Affairs; David Gordon, Centre for the Study of Poverty and Social Justice, University of Bristol; Professor Julio Carrion, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations, University of Delaware; and Dabesaki Mac-Ikemenjima, Executive Director, Development Partnership International.