Commission for Social Development

Since the World Summit for Social Development in Copenhagen in 1995, 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 NGO Committee on Social Development is dedicated to raising awareness and holding discussions on social development issues taken up by the UN System and in particular by the UN Commission for Social Development. The committee holds a Civil Society Forum and other capacity-building and outreach events on the occasion of the Commission.

Civil Society Forum

The Civil Society Forum is hosted jointly by UNDESA-DSPD, the NGO Committee on Social Development and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Foundation. The Forum is a time for NGOs worldwide to learn about each others’ work, to prepare for the Commission, including by work on position papers and interventions.


The 2019 Civil Society Forum was archived on UN WebTV and can be viewed here.

The 2018 Civil Society Forum can be viewed here.

Although the Civil Society Forum was not archived in 2017, you can view the NGO Committee Chair, Daniel Perell, speaking at CSocD55 following the Forum here.

The 2016 Civil Society Forum was archived on UN WebTV can be viewed here. Images from the Forum can be viewed on UN DESA’s Flicker Page here

Civil Society Declaration

In the months leading up to the Commission, the NGO Committee on Social Development facilitates an inclusive process to draft a Civil Society Declaration. This document is a formal input read at the start of the Commission. It attempts to capture Civil Society’s greatest concerns in social development and calls on Member States to respond to these issues. Click here to see past declarations.