UN Commission on Social Development

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The 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.

The 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.

Click on the left to access the Commission's reports from 1995 to date.

Click below for more information about the Commission and its work:

 

Background

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.

Work Programme

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:

Multi-year programme of work

1997: Follow-up to the World Summit for Social Development

Theme: "Productive employment and sustainable livelihoods". Under this theme the following specific topics will be considered:

1998: Follow-up to the World Summit for Social Development

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 considered:

1999: Follow-up to the World Summit for Social Development

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 Social Development

Theme: "Contribution of the Commission to the overall review of the implementation of the outcome of the Summit".

Membership and Secretariat

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 states.

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 web-site.

 

 

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