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Commission for Social Development special session, 21-31 May 1996
At its special session of 1996, the Commission for Social Development considered two
main items: review of the functioning of the Commission and strategies and actions for the
eradication of poverty.
In accordance with Economic and Social Council resolution 1995/60 of 28 July 1995 and
General Assembly resolution 50/161 of 20 December 1995, the Commission reviewed its
mandate, its terms of reference, the composition of its membership, the scope of its work
and the frequency of its sessions, and elaborated a multi-year programme of work.
The Commission recommended to the Council the expansion of its membership from 32 to
46, as well as the annualization of its sessions. It developed a multi-year programme of
work built around the follow-up to and review of the implementation of the Copenhagen
Declaration on Social Development and the Programme of Action of the World Summit for
Social Development, incorporating also the review of relevant United Nations plans and
programmes of action pertaining to the situation of social groups. The Commission also
recommended that the Council ensure high-level representation in the Commission and the
participation of experts to contribute to its work through panel discussions at future
Under the item on strategies and actions for the eradication of poverty, the Commission
considered the report of the Secretary-General on the subject (E/CN.5/1996/3) and gave
special attention to the three sub-themes: formulation of integrated strategies; meeting
the basic human needs of all; and promotion of self-reliance and community-based
initiatives. The Commission adopted a resolution in which it called for the implementation
of agreed measures to eradicate poverty and for strengthened international cooperation to
that end. It stressed the need for the implementation of sound and stable macroeconomic,
micro-economic and sectoral policies that encouraged broad-based, sustained economic
growth and development. The Commission called on the international community to seek to
mobilize additional financial resources that were both adequate and predictable to
contribute to poverty eradication.
The Commission held three panel meetings with invited experts, as well as a dialogue
with the chairpersons of the Administrative Committee on Coordination (ACC) inter-agency
task forces on follow-up to recent major international conferences, on issues related to
the item on strategies and actions for the eradication of poverty.
Finally, the Commission recommended that the Council approve its revised provisional
agenda and the documentation for its thirty-fifth session, in 1997.
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