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UN Commission on Social Development
United Nations Commission on Social Development is the body monitoring the
implementation of the agreements made at the World Summit for Social
Development, Copenhagen 1995.
Commission meets every year at UN Headquarters in New York (spring time). Its
draft resolutions and decisions go through the UN Economic and Social Council
(early summer) and through the UN General Assembly (autumn) for approval.
on the left to access the Commission's reports from 1995 to date.
below for more information about the Commission and its work:
The "Social Commission" was
established as a functional commission of the Economic and Social Council
(ECOSOC) in 1946.
As a result of a comprehensive reappraisal of the role of the Commission it was
renamed in 1966 and became the Commission for Social Development, in order to
clarify its role as a preparatory body of the Council in the whole range of
social development policy.
According to its current terms of reference, the Commission is to meet annually
for a period of eight working days.
At its special session in May, 1996, the Commission for
Social Development decided that the primary substantive item of its agenda for
its future sessions would consist of the follow-up to the World Summit for
Social Development. This item would include:
- Consideration of subjects identified in the multi-year
programme of work (set out below), including the situation of social groups;
- Review of relevant United Nations plans and programmes
of action pertaining to the situation of social groups, as necessary;
- Emerging issues, trends and new approaches to issues
affecting social development, as necessary.
Multi-year programme of work
1997: Follow-up to the World Summit for
Theme: "Productive employment and sustainable
livelihoods". Under this theme the following specific topics will be
- The centrality of employment in policy formulation,
including a broader recognition of work and employment;
- Improving access to productive resources and
- Enhanced quality of work and employment.
1998: Follow-up to the World Summit for
Theme: "Promoting social integration and
participation of all people, including disadvantaged and vulnerable groups and
persons". Under this theme the following specific topics will be
- Promoting social integration through responsive
government, full participation in society, non-discrimination, tolerance,
equality and social justice;
- Enhancing social protection, reducing vulnerability and
enhancing employment opportunities for groups with specific needs;
- Violence, crime and the problem of illicit drugs and
substance abuse as factors of social disintegration.
1999: Follow-up to the World Summit for
Theme 1: "Social services for all";
Theme 2: "Initiation of the overall review of the
implementation of the outcome of the Summit".
2000: Follow-up to the World Summit for
Theme: "Contribution of the Commission to the overall
review of the implementation of the outcome of the Summit".
The Commission consists of 46 members elected
by ECOSOC for terms of office of four years on the following basis: 12 from
African states; 10 from Asian states; 5 from Eastern European states; 9 from
Latin American and Caribbean states; and 10 from Western European and Other
Secretariat of the United Nations Commission
for Social Development
United Nations Plaza, Room DC2-1370
New York, New York 10017 USA
Telephone: + 1 212/963 6763
Fax: + 1 212/963 3062
For more information about the CSocD, its
work programme, membership, etc. please visit the Commission's