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Commission for Social Development 35th session, 10-20 February 1998
At its thirty-sixth session, the Commission for Social Development considered two
topics under its restructured agenda and multi-year programme of work, namely the priority
theme "Promoting social integration and participation of all people, including
disadvantaged and vulnerable groups and persons"; and review of relevant United
Nations plans and programmes of action pertaining to the situation of social groups.
With regard to the priority theme, the Commission adopted a resolution in which it took
note of the report of the Secretary-General on the subject and decided to adopt agreed
conclusions on promoting social integration and participation of all people, including
disadvantaged and vulnerable groups and persons, and to transmit them to the Economic and
Social Council for the Council's consideration at its substantive session of 1998 and
appropriate follow-up action, as well as to the Preparatory Committee for the special
session of the General Assembly in 2000 for an overall review and appraisal of the
implementation of the outcome of the World Summit for Social Development, including the
Committee's organizational session (19-22 May 1998) and to the Commission on Narcotic
Drugs acting in the capacity of the preparatory body for the June 1998 special session of
the Assembly devoted to the fight against the illicit production, sale, demand, traffic
and distribution of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances and related activities, at
its second session from 16 to 20 March 1998.
The agreed conclusions contain recommendations for action at local, national, regional
and international levels in the areas of 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; and violence, crime and the
problem of illicit drugs and substance abuse as factors of social disintegration.
In connection with its review of plans and programmes of action pertaining to the
situation of social groups, the Commission considered the report of the Secretary-General
on the options for the future review and appraisal of the implementation of the
International Plan of Action on Ageing and decided to consider these matters further at
its thirty-seventh session on the basis of additional information.
The Commission also recommended to the Economic and Social Council the adoption of a
draft decision by which the Council would expand the mandate of the ad hoc informal
open-ended support group to assist the Commission for Social Development in the
preparations for the International Year of Older Persons and change the name of the
support group to the Consultative Group for the International Year of Older Persons,
keeping the informal and open-ended nature of the Group.
The Commission heard special presentations by national representatives on follow-up to
the World Summit for Social Development. It held two panel meetings with invited experts
and two dialogues with non-governmental organizations on the priority theme. There was
also an exchange of views with the Executive Director, Office for Drug Control and Crime
Prevention of the United Nations Secretariat.
Finally, the Commission recommended that the Economic and Social Council approve the
provisional agenda and documentation for its thirty-eighth session in 1999.
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