58th Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD58)

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The Commission for Social Development (CSocD58) is the advisory body responsible for the social development pillar of global development within the United Nations. The commission is currently holding its 58th Session at the United Nations headquarters in New York from February 10- 19th2020. Also, as a highlight during the 2020 session, the Commission for Social Development is celebrating its 75th anniversary, and the 25th anniversary of the Copenhagen Declaration for Social Development.

The theme for the 58th Session of the Commission for Social Development is “Affordable housing and social protection systems for all to address homelessness

During the first meeting of the 58th Commission for Social Development, H.E. Mr. Wulfran announced the newly elected officers, and vice presidents in different regions. United nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Mr. Zhenmin, in his remark showed the follow-up to the World Summit for Social Development and the twenty-fourth extraordinary session of the General Assembly with the Priority theme: “Affordable Housing and Social Protection Systems for All to Address Homelessness”. He mentioned the novel Corona virus, which is impacting China, and spreading all around the world. Global efforts to prevent the novel corona virus is necessary for social protection. The effort for china in global health and support to outbreak the novel Corona virus soon. Provision of adequate, safe and, affordable housing, expansion of social impact, adoption of climate change, partnership with government, and civil society is the priority theme for social protection, development, and policy.

Chair of the NGO Committee for Social Development, Mr. Perell recognized that the implementation of the Copenhagen Declaration and the Programme of Action, the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, Action for Youth, four the objectives of the International Year of the Family and their follow-up processes. He also highlighted the role of non-governmental organizations, civil society actors, in advancing the implementation of the Copenhagen Declaration and the Programme of Action and, in this respect, the work of the Commission. The important thing is encouraging the member state to find the tool and take advantage to consider a new approach for the decade of action delivery for social hosing development with the universal definition for homelessness, academic study, and policy declaration.


Representative in Youth, Ms. Tan Ja Yi recognized the homeless social protection services with member state commitment to invest prioritize and underrate and lifelong system for youth. She pointed out providing to every child in the same line is need able to give good nutrient food, financial aid for high education, etc. According to UNICEF reports, the government programs still challenge to provide education to all children go the school and need some resources to analyze. She talked about the review of relevant United Nations plans and programs of action about the situation of social groups, especially youth and women.

Director of DESA’s Division for Inclusive Social Development, Ms. Bas briefly emphasized the Social dimensions of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union’s Agenda have triggered progress and shifted the way African governments and their development partners consider about the gap’s challenges related to social, economic, and political transformation in Africa. For the National dimension of a new partnership in African, we should produce social progress, political development of Africa, improve the living standard and going forward to prioritize their policy for sustainable growth, and universal education or health.

She pointed government leaders and decision-makers at national level should continue to champion sound governance and focus on the provision of public goods and services. She also highlighted the policy tool for portable housing can affect society and show the result by implementing the social framework. United Nations system organizations and African Union institutions should continue to establish more formal and consistent coordination.

Meeting: 58th session of the Commission for Social Development

Date/Location: Monday 10th February 2020; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm; Conference Room 4, United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY

H.E. Mr. Gbolié Desiré Wulfran IPO, Chairperson of commission for social development

Mr. Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs 

Daniel Perell, Chair of the NGO Committee for Social Development.

Olivia Tan Ja Yi, Representative in Youth and Yale University

Daniela Bas, Director of DESA’s Division for Inclusive Social Development

Written By: WIT Representative Huijun Edelyn Park

Post-2015 Global Governance in International Development

downloadThe first item of the 24th meeting of the incumbent session of the ECOSOC centered on the future of governance of international development, and also touched on the future categorization of least developed countries. Mr. O’Connor briefed the council on the current progress in the mainstreaming of the three aspects of sustainable development, namely environmental, economic and social sustainability, into the medium or long-term agenda of international entities such as the Bretton Wood institutions and UN agencies. He suggested that the way forward is to accelerate the effort of mainstreaming and to ensure coherence in policies of different institutions, and these goals are best achieved if a social and environmental statistics and assessment repository is to be established in the UN Data platform.

Mr. Ocampo added on the need of reform of member states’ participation in governing international development, particularly in form of giving developing countries a voice. With reference to the lack of international fiscal cooperation involving developing countries, he stated that governments’ resources to implement poverty reduction are significantly curtailed because of the asymmetry in participation of global governance on international development.

Mr. Ocampo also drew the council’s attention to methodology behind categorizing countries as least developed countries. He pointed out that the benchmarks for graduating from the category must be prudently set, for standards too easily met may mean losing preferential treatment on trade for those countries. Without a smooth national transition strategy, countries graduating from the category may be victims of their own successes. To this end, he stated that the Committee on Development Policy reviewed the methodology behind the human asset index and economic vulnerability index, both of which are indicators of a country’s development. Mr. Lee spoke on Korean support on the Committee‘s report, and tabled a draft resolution for the council’s consideration.

Meeting Title: 24th Meeting of 2014 Session of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC): Agenda 1 – Presentation on the sixteenth session of the Committee for Development Policy and dialogue with the Chair of the Committee
Speakers: Mr. Oh Joon, Vice-President of the UN ECOSOC Session 2014; Mr. David O’Connor, Division of Sustainable Development of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs; Mr. Jose Antonio Ocampo, Chairman of the Committee on Development Policy; Mr. Lee Tung, Representative from the Permanent Mission of Korea.
Location: Economic and Social Council Chamber, United Nations Headquarters
Date: 13th June, 2014
Written By WIT representative: Harrison Chung