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 61st session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD61) will take place from 6th to 15th 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.

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 networking 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 Briefing Nº1

7th February, 2023 | Tuesday | 09:00 am – 09:20 am EST

NGO CSocD Facilitator: Winifred Doherty

Morning Briefing Nº2

9th February, 2023 | Thursday | 09:00 am – 09:20 am EST

NGO CSocD Facilitator: MaryAnn Dantuono

Morning Briefing Nº3

15th February, 2023 | Wednesday | 09:00 am – 09:20 am EST

NGO CSocD Facilitator: Angela Reed

General Program

Being one of the first years in which we can attend in-person since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will divide our sessions in different days and they will be organized by hours and by theme, based on the principles of the Copenhagen Declaration followed by the Civil Society Declaration 2023

Overview of the Civil Society Forum Sessions


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 61st session.

The Networking Session will continue on for a fun and dynamic way to interact with one another ahead of the official start of the Commission for Social Development. Icebreakers and introductions between participants will be facilitated around the Priority Theme.


The opening panel of the Civil Society Forum will convene high-level stakeholders on the priority theme of CSocD61:

“Creating full and productive employment and decent work for all as a way of overcoming inequalities to accelerate the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”


Working Toward Concrete Solutions for Marginalized Young People Facing Unemployment.

For most marginalized youth living in poverty, their work does not mean earning a living wage. It means exploitation, very low pay, and forced layoffs. This panel will look at how work should enable youth to live in dignity and be recognized as useful members of society.


Rethinking the Dominant Economic Paradigm- Ensuring Social Protections and Just

The extent to which workers are inadequately protected is the reflection of a system that prioritizes progress at the expense of people. This panel will explore ways of rethinking this dominant economic paradigm and help pave the way for dialogue on creating societies that prioritize social protections.


This session will conclude the 2023 Civil Society Forum with reflections shared by the leadership of the NGO Committee for Social Development, as well as hear from the outcomes of Regional Groups that gathered earlier during the Forum.