Commission for Social Development


The international community’s multiple and simultaneous crises can be summarized as “inequality”, requiring a redoubling of efforts to rescue the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially in States that are struggling, delegates told the Commission for Social Development today as it concluded its general discussion.


Rapid technological changes, urbanization, demographic shifts and climate change have impacted families in profound ways, a senior United Nations official told the Commission for Social Development today during a panel discussion marking 30 years since the General Assembly established the International Year of the Family.


Inclusive economic growth is key to social development and poverty eradication, requiring policies and programmes created by collaboration, such as economists strategizing alongside mothers, corporate executives engaging with the unemployed and political leaders consulting youth, speakers told the Commission for Social Development at the opening of its sixty-second session.


​​​​​​​The Commission for Social Development, acting by consensus on the final day of its sixty-first session, decided to forward four draft resolutions to the Economic and Social Council for adoption — including one focused on creating full employment and decent work for all to overcome inequalities and accelerate the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.


​​​​​​​Calling attention to widening inequality gaps and crises in the labour market exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, both United Nations senior officials and speakers alike stressed in an interactive dialogue that urgent action was needed to generate decent work and support recovery and social protection programmes, as the Commission for Social Development’s sixty-first session continued today.