Seeking input on empowerment

What does empowerment mean to you? The Division for Social Policy and Development of DESA (DSPD/DESA) has launched an online survey from 8 August to 5 September and wants to hear from you

Take the survey now and make sure that your recommendations are heard by the Commission for Social Development (CSocD).

Empowerment is not new to the United Nations. But what does empowerment mean? There is a growing consensus that it involves two things: active participation and the institutional structure that makes this happen. But when we say active participation, we mean something very specific. People who are not free to participate in their economies and do not receive equal benefits nor control their own destinies. What we mean by empowerment is participation of people in decision-making, about their futures, their current conditions and the environment in which they live.

Because of its importance, the Commission for Social Development (CSocD) has selected promoting empowerment of people in achieving poverty eradication, social integration and full employment and decent work for all as its priority theme for 2013-2014.

To promote and support this theme, DSPD/DESA has launched an online survey until 5 September 2012 for you to make recommendations to the work of the 51st session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD).


More details on the survey, an upcoming expert group meeting and related online events on empowerment are also highlighted in the DESA News story Empowering people to advance development

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