Advancing social development worldwide

The fiftieth session of the Commission for Social Development (CSD) will convene at UN Headquarters in New York on 1-10 February

CSD is a functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the UN. Since the convening of the World Summit for Social Development in Copenhagen in 1995, it has been the key UN body in charge of the follow-up and implementation of the Copenhagen Declaration and Programme of Action.

During its fiftieth session, the Commission will focus on the priority theme of poverty eradication and, in this context, will also review relevant plans and programmes of action pertaining to the situation of youth, families, older persons, and persons with disabilities.

It will also feature a special event on Financing for Social Development, scheduled for Friday, 3 February at 3:00 pm. The event will highlight effective strategies for mobilizing resources for social development and feature panellists from various regions in the world.

Also under discussion during the current session is the emerging issue related to youth poverty and unemployment. An expert panel has been put in place for 6 February to facilitate an interactive dialogue on this topic.

The Commission for Social Development (CSD) will consider the following recommendations with respect to its primary theme in accordance with the report of the Secretary-General on poverty eradication prepared for CSD:

(a) The creation of full and productive employment and decent work for
all should be at the centre of policies. Countries are encouraged to implement the principles and objectives of the Global Jobs Pact […];

(b) Countries with large agricultural sectors should focus on raising
smallholder agricultural productivity and output quality in a sustainable
manner. Increasing the productivity of smallholder farmers requires enabling their access to fertilizers, high-yielding seeds, infrastructure, information and markets[…];

(c) Recognizing that universal access to basic social protection is
necessary to break the cycle of poverty and reduce inequality, Governments may wish to consider implementing national social protection floors consistent with national priorities and circumstances;

(d) In strengthening social protection systems, and reducing
intergenerational transmission of poverty, Governments should actively pursue family-focused social transfer programmes, paying particular attention to women, children, the elderly, persons with disabilities and indigenous groups;

(e) Countries must address society-wide patterns of social and economic inequality and discrimination by ensuring that poor women and men have access to land, credit and other productive resources, housing, fair inheritance rights and justice, and that all segments of society participate in decision-making processes;

(f) The international community should support national efforts to
eradicate poverty by creating a favorable international environment and
ensuring greater coherence among macroeconomic, trade and social policies.

See the report of the Secretary-General on poverty eradication prepared for CSD

For further information and access to relevant documentation:
http://social.un.org/index/CommissionforSocialDevelopment/Sessions/2012.aspx