52nd Session of the Commission for Social Development

At its fifty-second regular session, held from 11 to 21 February 2014, which was the policy year of the two-year review and policy cycle, the Commission for Social Development (CSocD52) considered the priority theme, “Promoting empowerment of people in achieving poverty eradication, social integration and full employment and decent work for all”. The Commission also reviewed relevant United Nations plans and programmes of action pertaining to the situation of social groups and the social dimensions of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development.

The opening of the Commission was addressed by, inter alia, the Vice President of the Economic and Social Council and the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs. During its eight-day session, in addition to its general discussions, the Commission convened three high-level panel discussions: one on the priority theme; one on the emerging issue of social drivers of sustainable development; and one in observance of the twentieth anniversary of the International Year of the Family.

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In connection with its review of the relevant United Nations plans and programmes of action pertaining to the situation of social groups, the Special Rapporteur on disability presented his report to the Commission.

It was noted that Governments could adopt an empowering approach to policymaking and policy implementation by establishing and strengthening participatory mechanisms and institutions while investing in social services to improve the capabilities of individuals and communities. Transparency and accountability, good governance and civic engagement were highlighted as core elements of this approach. Effective social protection, access to quality education and decent work for all were underlined as proven strategies for people’s empowerment. Member States shared good practices and successful policy measures at the national and regional levels. As the policy outcome of the two-year cycle, the Commission adopted a resolution on the priority theme.

The emerging issue of social drivers of sustainable development emphasized the importance of looking at sustainable development through a social lens. This was seen as essential to formulating an integrated and inclusive post-2015 development framework.

The Commission also held general discussions on issues related to social groups. The need for increased and effective participation by youth in decisionmaking processes at all levels, including in the post-2015 processes, was highlighted. The Commission discussed youth employment challenges, especially mismatches between young people’s qualifications and the skills required for the labour market, and Member States shared a number of initiatives in tackling those challenges.

Various policy initiatives for older persons were discussed and the need to promote and protect their rights was noted. Among the issues highlighted were agebased discrimination, active ageing, awareness-raising to move away from a medical/ welfare approach to a rights-based one, and the need to advance discussions of an international legally binding instrument.

The important role families play in development was affirmed, and it was proposed to include a family focus in the post-2015 development agenda and discuss “family and development” in the Economic and Social Council.

The Commission adopted six draft resolutions and two draft decisions which are recommended for adoption by the Economic and Social Council. The Commission also adopted one resolution and one decision which are brought to the attention of the Council.



Final Report on the fifty-second session, E/2014/26–E/CN.5/2014/10:
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Members of the Bureau

Function Name Country
Ms. Sewa Lamsal Adhikari, Chargé d’Affaires of the Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations
Ms. Julia Thallinger
Ms. Larysa Belskaya
Ms. Amira Fahmy
  H.E. Mr. Carlos García González El Salvador

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