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The present report provides an overview of how civil society organizations (CSOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were involved in the work of the 49th Session of the Commission for Social Development, which was held in 2011 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. By highlighting how CSOs and NGOs can be involved in the substantive work of the Commission, the report intends to offer guidance to new NGOs on how to work with the United Nations on social development issues. The report comprises two main sections relating to the participation of NGOs in the Commission for Social Development.It contains annexes listing the members of the Bureau of the Commission, members of the NGO Committee for Social Development, its participants and UN-DESA online tools for NGOs
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  • 1. 11-57645December 2011 The present report provides an overview of how civil society organizations (CSOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were involved in the work of the 49th Session of the Commission for Social Development, which was held in 2011 at the United Nations Headquarters in NewYork.By highlight- ing how CSOs and NGOs can be involved in the substantive work of the Commission, the report intends to offer guidance to new NGOs on how to work with the United Nations on social development issues. The report comprises two main sections relating to the partici pation of NGOs in the Commission for Social Development. It contains annexes listing the members of the Bureau of the Commission, members of the NGO Committee for Social Development, its participants and UN-DESA online tools for NGOs. Department of Economic and Social Affairs Division for Social Policy and Development 2 United Nations Plaza, DC2-1320 NewYork, NY 10017 http://social.un.og Civil Society Participation in the 2011 Commission for Social Development: An Overview Poverty Eradication CivilSocietyParticipationinthe 2011Commisionfor SocialDevelopment:AnOverview

2. i CivilSocietyParticipationinthe 2011Commisionfor SocialDevelopment:AnOverview United Nations Copyright United Nations, 2011 All rights reserved Civil Society Participation in the 2011 Commission for Social Development: An Overview Poverty Eradication 3. iii CivilSocietyParticipationinthe 2011Commisionfor SocialDevelopment:AnOverview Table of Contents Preface ..................................................... vii Civil Society Forum ............................................. 1 1. Civil Society Declaration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 2. Statements: H.E. Jorge Valero . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Mr. Jomo Kwame Sundaram . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Mr. Werner Puschra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Ms. Jane Stewart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Mr. Martin Lees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 3. Workshops. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Debt Cancellation Human Dignity Demands It!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Microfinance Human Dignity Demands It! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Decent Work Human Dignity Demands It! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Commission for Social Development (CSocD)........................ 23 1. Chairs Summary on the priority theme: Poverty Eradication. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 2. Executive Summary on Promoting Social Integration: Voices from the Grassroots. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 3. NGOs Written Statements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 4. NGOs Oral Statements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 5. Side Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Conclusion ................................................... 31 1. Rethinking the Role of Civil Society in Eradicating Poverty: Innovative solutions to fight global poverty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 2. Looking Forward to the 50th Session of the Commission for Social Development: An NGO Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Annexes ..................................................... 35 List of Bureau Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Members of the NGO Committee for Social Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Provisional List of Governments and UN Agencies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Provisional List of NGOs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Online Tools and Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 4. DESA http://www.un.org/desa/ The Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) of the United Nations Secretariat is a vital interface between global policies in the economic, social and environmental spheres and national action.The Department works in three main interlinked areas: (i) it compiles, generates and analyses a wide range of economic, social and environmental data and information on which States Members of the United Nations draw to review common problems and take stock of policy options; (ii) it facilitates the negotiations of Member States in many intergovernmental bodies on joint courses of action to address ongoing or emerging global challenges; and (iii) it advises interested Governments on the ways and means of translating policy principles developed at United Nations con- ferences and summits into programmatic frameworks at the country level and; through technical assistance, it helps build national capacities. CSOU-DSPD http://social.un.org/index/ The Civil Society and Outreach Unit (CSOU) of the Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) of DESA serves as an interface between DSPD and non- governmental organizations. It acts as a gateway for NGOs interested in build- ing a strong working relationship with the Division in advancing social progress and development. The main responsibility of the Unit is to: (a) provide advisory services to representatives of NGOs on the various aspects of the work of DSPD; (b) hold briefings for representatives of NGOs on mandates and core issues relating to social development and to the work of the Division; (c) encourage a more active involvement of NGOs in the substantive work of the Division; (d) contribute to promoting social policy and development among civil society organization by conducting briefings, seminars and workshops and participates in activities carried out by NGOs. Commission for Social Development (CSocD) http://social.un.org/index/CommissionforSocialDevelopment.aspx The Commission for Social Development (CSocD) is a functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. It consists of 46 members electedbyECOSOC.SincetheconveningoftheWorldSummitforSocialDevelopmentin Copenhagen in 1995, the Commission has been the key United Nations body in charge of the follow-up and implementation of the Copenhagen Declaration and Programme of Action. It meets once a year in New York at the United Nations Headquarters, usu- ally in February and takes up key social development themes as parts of its follow-up to the outcome of the World Summit for Social Development. The terms of references 5. v CivilSocietyParticipationinthe 2011Commisionfor SocialDevelopment:AnOverview of the Commission are to (a) improve international understanding on social develop- ment through, inter alia, the exchange of information and experience; (b) integrate, within the framework of the follow-up to the World Summit for Social Development, consideration of issues relating to the situation of social groups, including review of relevant United Nations programmes of action related to such groups, and considera- tion of other sectoral issues; (c) identify emerging issues affecting social development that require urgent consideration, and make substantive recommendations thereon; (d) advise ECOSOC on social policies of a general character and give particular atten- tion to policies designed to promote social progress, to the establishment of social objectives and programme priorities and social research in areas affecting social and economic development; (e) advise ECOSOC on measures needed for the coordina- tion of activities in the social field and for the recording and exchange of experience among Governments in the formulation and execution of social development poli- cies; (f) advise ECOSOC on such international agreements and conventions on any of these matters, as may be required, and on their execution; (g) make recommendations regarding social development to ECOSOC; (h) elaborate practical measures aimed at furthering Summit recommendations. NGO Committee for Social Development http://www.ngosocdev.net The NGO Committee for Social Development is dedicated to raising aware- ness and holding discussions on social development issues taken up by the United Nations (UN) System and in particular by the Commission for Social Development. The Committee advocates on social development issues in other forums such as the Commission for Sustainable Development, the Commission on the Status of Women, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and the General Assembly. The members of the Committee one another inform and deliver group statements to the United Nations voicing ideas and positions on key social development issues. In addition, the Committee is focused on reviewing the outcome of the World Summit for Social Development. The Committee is a substantive committee of the Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CONGO). 6. vii CivilSocietyParticipationinthe 2011Commisionfor SocialDevelopment:AnOverview Preface During its forty-ninth session this year, the Commission for Social Development reviewed global efforts to eradicate poverty when it met at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, from 9to 18February 2011. The present report highlights how c

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