Delegation of Udisha attends CSocD 54 as Observers
The CSocD54 took place at UN Headquarters in New York from 3 to 12 February 2016 under the priority theme “Rethinking and strengthening social development in the contemporary world”. Udisha had sent three representatives to attend CSocD54 for two days that is 11th and 12th February 2016, they were Ms. Himani Priya, Mr. RP Singh and Ms. Sushma Singh. They attended one side event and the closing session. The side event was organised by ‘Legion of Goodwill’ with theme ‘Education for Sustainable Development of the World’. The event had various civil society members sharing personal experiences with others, the challenges and the solutions were also discussed. Closing session on 12th February was also attended by the representatives of Udisha.
A Report on CSocD 54 by Ms.Himani Priya
The CSocD54 was an important one, as it was the first session after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.Since the World Summit for Social Development in Copenhagen in 1995, the Commission for Social Development (CSocD) has been the key United Nations body in charge of the follow up and implementation of the Copenhagen Declaration and Programme of Action.
Originally known as the Social Commission but renamed in 1966, CSocD was established by ECOSOC res. 10 (II) (1946). Its purpose was to advise ECOSOC on social policies of a general character and, in particular, on all matters in the social field not covered by the specialised inter-governmental agencies. The Commission’s mandate was further developed by ECOSOC resolutions 830J (XXXII) (1961), 1139 (XLI) (1966) and 1996/7. Since 2006, the Commission has taken up key social development themes as part of its follow up to the outcome of the Copenhagen Summit.
CSocD meets annually in New York, usually in February. The Commission for Social Development concluded its fifty fourth Session (CSocD54), approving three draft resolutions for adoption by the Economic and Social Council with one on Africa’s development, traditionally endorsed by consensus, requiring a rare vote to address the United States’ concerns over language around trade issues, and more generally, “the right to development”.
In closing remarks, Commission Chair Ion Jinga (Romania) said the Commission had taken stock of achievements and challenges in countries, regions and around the world in reducing poverty and inequality and creating jobs. “Poverty continues to be the greatest global challenge of our time,” he said, stressing that millions of workers continued to fall behind and too many people lacked access to education, gender equality and climate change mitigation services. He had been impressed with the resolve to strengthen the Commission in the follow-up to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
To create momentum, he said, the session had called for integrated economic and social policies, devised with the engagement of a broad range of stakeholders to give life to a shared vision. With that, he thanked participants for their spirit of cohesion and solidarity.