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Economic and Social Council: Meetings Coverage


Ministers and other high-level officials spotlighted ways in which their Governments are promoting digital technology, education and innovation for girls and women, while also ensuring online safety to narrow the gap in the gender digital divide, as the Commission on the Status of Women continued its sixty-seventh session today.


Highlighting the new opportunities digital technology is creating for women and girls around the world, speakers renewed calls for investments to bridge the gender digital divide, ensure a safe digital environment and ensure the full participation of women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and math, as the Commission on the Status of Women opened its annual session today.


​​​​​​​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.


​​​​​​​To fully realize the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, the international community must intensify and strengthen its commitments to the well-being and rights of older persons, a senior United Nations official told the Commission for Social Development today during its high-level panel discussion on the Plan’s fourth review and appraisal.


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Stronger cooperation, solidarity between nations, targeted action and a human-rights-based approach are essential to not only recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, but necessary to tackle rising inequality, ministers and senior Government officials stressed today, as the Commission for Social Development continued its sixty-first session.


With the pandemic, climate crisis and geopolitical conflicts exacerbating inequalities in access to health, education and jobs, countries must create productive employment and decent work and ensure the social protection of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups, speakers emphasized today, as the Commission for Social Development opened its sixty-first session.