CSocD46 Side Events

Wednesday 6 February 2008

 

“STRONGER PARTNERSHIPS FOR EXTENDING SOCIAL PROTECTION COVERAGE”

Speakers: Vladimir Spidla, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, European Commission; Sudha Pillai, Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment, India; Carlos Tomada, Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Protection, Argentina; Assane Diop, Executive Director, ILO; Tavengwa Nhongo, Regional Director of HelpAge International in Africa, Mrs Romana Tomc on behalf of the Slovenian Presidency of the European Union

This high-level side event aims at highlighting the importance of promoting social security and social protection as part of the decent work agenda with special emphasis on strengthening the consensus on the feasibility and the added value of setting up/reinforcing social protection as part of the decent work agenda; emphasizing the stronger social protection is necessary for equity and efficiency; underscoring that a social protection system is feasible and affordable if well-designed and employment-friendly; raising awareness that social protection should be part of development strategies.

Statements:

  •  European Commission by Mr. Vladimir Spidla (French version)
  •  Experience including best practices in India in promoting Employment and Decent Work by Ms. Sudha Pillai
  •  Statement by Dr. Carlos Tomada, Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Protection, Argentina (Spanish version)
  •  Intervention of the State Secretary at the Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia Mrs Romana Tomc on behalf of the Slovenian Presidency of the European Union
  •  Decent work and Development cooperation – view of civil society by Mrs. Erina Bainganina, Uganda Reach the Aged Association (URAA)
  •  Remarks by H.E. Lila Hanitra Ratsifandrihamanana, Ambassador Permanent Representative of the African Union to the United Nations on behalf of H.E. Adv. Bience Gawanas, Commissioner for Social Affairs African Union Commission

“FULL EMPLOYMENT AND DECENT WORK FOR ALL – WHERE ARE THE YOUTH?”

By: UN Programme on Youth, Christian Children’s Fund and Baha’i International Community

Speakers: Moderator: Patience Stephens (UN Programme on Youth); Elena Gastaldo, International Labour Organization; Devorah Miller, Christian Children’s Fund; Neissan Alessandro Besharati, Baha’i International Community; and Mario Barbosa, Ministry of Work and Employment of Brazil


“INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ KNOWLEDGE AND FULL EMPLOYMENT”Speakers: Ms. Sonia Smallacombe, Moderator Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Mr. Djankou Ndjonkou Representative and Director, ILO Office for the UN Ms. Julia Yana National Secretary of Rural Women’s Organization “Bartolina Sisa,” Aymara People, Bolivia

Topics for discussion include:

• ILO Conventions that protect indigenous and tribal populations
• Recognizing indigenous peoples’ community based natural resource management as legitimate forms of work
• Recognizing indigenous peoples traditional knowledge as a contribution to full employment

 

Thursday 7 February 2008

 

“A GLOBAL SOCIAL FLOOR”

Chair: Jean-Pierre Gonnot, Chief, Social Perspective on Development Branch, UN DESA.

Speakers: Michael Cichon, Director, Social Security Department, ILO; Isabel Ortiz, Senior Policy Advisor, UN DESA; Sylvia Stefanoni, Director, HelpAge, Government representative; Kenapeta Mupaine, Director, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, Namibia, Sansanee Sahussarungsi, Minister Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Thailand to the UN

Global Social Floor consisting of a set of social security benefits for all citizens is a powerful tool for poverty reduction. The event will present this ILO initiative and explore current universal social security provisions and their impact on poverty eradication.

Statements:

 

Friday 8 February 2008

 

“WORLD YOUTH REPORT 2007: YOUNG PEOPLE’S TRANSITION TO ADULTHOOD – PROGRESS AND CHALLENGES”

Speakers: Karoline Schmid (ECLAC); Christopher Gronstad (EYF); Sherrin Saadallah (UNFPA);

Moderator: Patience Stephens (UN Programme on Youth)

Statements:


“ARE POVERTY REDUCTION AND SOCIAL INCLUSION BEING ACHIEVED? TOOLS FOR ASSESSING NATIONAL AND SECTOR DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES”

Chair: Jean-Pierre Gonnot, Chief, Social Perspective on Development Branch, Division for Social Policy and Development, UN DESA

Speakers: Isabel Ortiz, UN DESA; Caroline Kende-Robb, Sector Manager, theWorld Bank; Elizabeth Stuart, Senior Policy Advisor, Oxfam International, Government representative.

This event will highlight the importance of distributional analysis as a tool in building equitable national and sector development strategies. It will present progress and effectiveness of Poverty and Social Impact Analysis and options for its future applications.

Statements:

  •  UN DESA: Distribution Analysis Poverty and Social Assessments by Ms. Isabel Ortiz
  •  The World Bank: Poverty and Social Impact Analysis: Is it Working in the World Bank? by Ms. Caroline Kende-Robb
  •  Oxfam International
  •  Mr. Ebenezer Odotei, Deputy Director of the National Planning Commission, Government of Ghana

“Evidence-Based Policy on Ageing”

Chair: Sergei Zelenev, Chief of the Social Integration Branch, Division for Social Policy and Development, UN DESA

Speakers: Mr. Vusi Madonsela, the Director-General of Social Development from the Government of South Africa, Dr. Rogelio Fernandez-Castilla, the Director of the Technical Support Division of UNFPA, Dr. Stephen Kidd, the Director of Policy and Communication for HelpAge International, Dr. Ruth Finkelstein, the Vice President for Policy at the New York Academy of Medicine, and Dr. Astrid Stuckelberger from the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics and Chair of the NGO Committee on Ageing at the United Nations in Geneva.

The panel discussion on Evidence-Based Policy Making to Implement the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing was organized by the Government of South Africa, the United Nations Department of Social and Economic Affairs and UNESCO’s Management of Social Transformation (MOST) Programme, and was moderated by Dr. Sergei Zelenev, Chief of the Social Integration Branch, DSPD/DESA.

 

Monday 11 February 2008

 

“REDUCING POVERTY THROUGH EMPLOYMENT GENERATION: THE ROLE OF COOPERATIVES”

Chair: Her Excellency Ochir Enkhtsetseg, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Mongolia to the United Nations.

Speakers: Johnston Birchall, Stirling University; Maria Elena Chavez Hertig, ILO; Paul Hazen, President & CEO, National Cooperative Business Association, International Cooperative Alliance; Tadesse Meskela, General Manager, the Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union.

The panel discussion will highlight the role of cooperatives in development and, in particular, how their potential in reducing poverty and generating employment can be promoted and utilized fully. Evidence on the contribution of cooperatives to alleviating poverty and generating employment in diverse fields from different regions as well as policy and legislative challenges facing cooperatives will be discussed.

Statements:

 

Wednesday 13 February 2008

 

“Creating an Inclusive Society: Practical Strategies to Promote Social Integration”

Moderator: Mr. Sergei Zelenev, Chief Social Integration Branch, Division for Social Policy and Development, UNDESA

Speakers: Mr. Ronald Wiman, Senior Social Development Advisor, Department for Development Policy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland; Ms. Helene- Marie Gosselin, Representative to the United Nations and Director, UNESCO New York office; Ms. Axumite Gebre-Egziabher, Director of the New York Office, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT); Ms. Gay Rosenblum-Kumar, Governance and Public Administration Branch, PADM, UNDESATBA

The panel discussion on “Creating an Inclusive Society: Practical strategies to promote social integration” was organized by the Division for Social Policy and Development/DESA in cooperation with the Government of Finland, the Offices of UNESCO and UN-HABITAT in New York.

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