The Commission for Social Development has been the key UN body in charge of the follow-up and implementation of the Copenhagen Declaration and Programme of Action.

The 60th session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD60) will take place from 7th to 16th February 2022 in a hybrid (in-person and digital) format and will address the following Priority Theme: Inclusive and resilient recovery from COVID-19 for sustainable livelihood, well-being, and dignity for all: eradicating poverty and hunger in all its forms and dimensions to achieve the 2030 agenda.

Watch our Co-Chairs, Monica Jahangir and Maria Fornella, speak at the opening session of the 2022 Commission for Social Development

About the Civil Society Forum

During the UN Commission for Social Development, the NGO Committee is dedicated to raising awareness on the Priority Theme and bringing the voices, experiences, and recommendations from the grassroots. The NGO Committee holds a Civil Society Forum and other capacity-building and network events on the occasion of the Commission.

The NGO Committee runs on a full volunteering program and all events, website & social media platforms are voluntarily managed.

Morning Briefings

Morning briefings are open to all NGOs.

During these briefings, Member States who are part of the Bureau, UN DESA and NGOs come together for twenty minutes to get the latest updates on the Commission’s daily program and to ask questions. For these 3 briefings, the zoom link to connect are the same.

The last briefing is not a morning one, but a lunch time one, as it will take place after the closing of the Commission. We will have Bureau members joining at noon for a debriefing. This meeting will be longer as it will also be our monthly meeting.

Morning Briefing 1

8th February, 2022 | Tuesday | 08:00 am – 08:20 am EST | 01:00 pm – 01:20 pm GMT

Morning Briefing 2

10th February, 2022 | Thursday | 08:00 am – 08:20 am EST | 01:00 pm – 01:20 pm GMT

Morning Briefing 3

16th February, 2022 | Wednesday | 12:00 pm – 01:00 pm EST | 05:00 pm – 06:00 pm GMT

Orientation Session

4th February, 2022 | Friday | 08:30 am – 09:30 am EST | 01:30 pm – 02:30 pm GMT

The objective of the Orientation Session is to introduce participants to the Commission’s organization of work, as well as the Priority Theme that will shape the debate of its 60th session. Presentations will be made by UN DESA representatives and members of the NGO Committee for Social Development, followed by time for Q&A from the audience.

Audience: this digital Orientation session is open to all NGOs (members of the NGO Committee for Social Development and non-members alike) participating in the 60th session of the UN Virtual Commission for Social Development Commission.

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Watch the Orientation Session

Networking Session

4th February, 2022 | Friday | 10:00 am – 11:00 am EST | 03:00 pm – 04:00 pm GMT

The virtual networking session will gather participants in small groups to get to know each other, present their work on the field, and share their expectations regarding the Commission.

Audience: this Networking Session is free and open to all NGOs, Member States and UN agencies.

Setting the Stage: A global overview on poverty, human dignity and well-being

Thematic Session 1

9th February, 2022 | Wednesday | 08:30 am – 09:30 am EST | 01:30 pm – 02:30 pm GMT

This session will provide a global snapshot of the state of poverty and well-being in the world. New groups of people have fallen into poverty because of the global pandemic, adding to the 1.3 billion already living in multidimensional poverty. It will look at how poverty, social exclusion and the lack of well-being impact the dignity of individuals. The objective is to show the importance of listening to those most affected and build upon their experiences when devising new strategies to achieve SDG 1 and 2, and the 2030 Agenda as a whole.

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Watch Session 1

Transitioning from Talk to Action: Towards a Hunger-Free, Green and Just Society

Thematic Session 2

11th February, 2021 | Friday | 08:30 am – 09:30 am EST | 01:30 pm – 02:30 pm GMT

This session will unpack the inter-linkages and synergies in policies aimed at eradicating poverty and hunger, and taking simultaneous action on climate. Concrete examples of policy implementation at regional and national levels, as well as grassroots projects at local level will be presented. The objective is to highlight the need for partnerships and participation and the importance to give decision making power to the grassroots level for the benefit of all.

Watch Session 2

NGO Collaboration Session:

In the spirit of partnerships, what is your organisation doing to eradicate poverty and hunger, and achieve well-being and decent work?

Open to NGOs only

11th February, 2022 | Friday | 10:00 am – 11:00 am EST | 03:00 pm – 04:00 pm GMT

This session is open to NGOs interested in collaboration. It will bring together organizations active on the ground and whose work is focused on the eradication of hunger and poverty and / or inclusive and resilient recovery from COVID-19 for sustainable livelihoods. With the objective of fostering a spirit of partnership and connection among civil society leaders, this collaborative session will place NGOs in small virtual groups to exchange their ideas, concepts and good practices. Participants to this session will be asked to produce concrete outputs in the spirit of SDG 17 (ex: joint blog-posts, webinars, written statements, or new projects and partnerships) to strengthen NGO capacity and visibility.

Watch our NGO Videos!

Nabantia Shome, Senior Program Lead at Kolkata Mary Ward Social Centre

Gouba Ousseni, ATD Fourth World activist

Nelly Soto, Salesian Missions

Let’s put people at the centre of development and pledge to make the eradication of poverty, full employment, and social integration the overriding objectives of development.