Wide range of social issues addressed

Member States call for inclusive and equitable development, the eradication of poverty and respect for human rights during the working session of the Third Committee that took place from 3 October to 23 November 2011

When the Committee met to discuss social development during the 66th Session of the General Assembly, many issues were put on the table for consideration. The general discussion focused on the role of volunteerism, youth, persons with disabilities, older persons, families, social integration, cooperatives, and MDGs among others.

Seven resolutions were approved and one decision taken with the over arching message that economic and financial recovery and sustainable socio-economic development could not be achieved without the full and effective participation of all groups in society, the elimination of systemic inequality through respect for human rights and the promotion of inclusive social and economic policies.

The draft resolution on policies and programmes involving youth emphasized the importance of addressing youth employment issues and ensuring the full and effective participation of young people in society as a means not only for supporting youth development, but for effecting sustainable development as a whole.

Similarly, the resolutions on ageing, family, persons with disabilities and follow-up to the World Summit for Social development, emphasised the centrality of the equality of individuals and social inclusion to strong social and economic development at all levels.

Special emphasis was placed on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in social development efforts, and the General Assembly has called for a High level Meeting on the Realization of the Millennium Development Goals and other internationally agreed development goals for person with disabilities. This event will take place on 23 September 2013, before the start of the general debate of the 68th session.

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