At this meeting the States members of the United Nations took part in the appraisal and follow-up to the objectives of the World Summit on Social Development and set the following challenges: to confirm each country's responsibility in relation to the Copenhagen accords; convincing the North-South axis of the need for a solid system of basic social services; sound principles for social policies; particular attention to the role of women in social policy; and the role of civil society as a critical partner in the quest for solutions.
World events in the mid-1990s formed the backdrop for the World Summit for Social Development. The discussion revolved around globalization, dramatic changes in the world economy, poverty, unemployment and social disintegration. These phenomena highlighted the need to give renewed priority to the social aspects of development, with emphasis on the least developed and most isolated countries.
In order to achieve these commitments, the Summit participants proposed a Programme of Action based on the three main themes of poverty eradication, expansion of productive employment and reduction of unemployment, and social integration. The Member States also adopted the Copenhagen Declaration.