GFDD and FUNGLODE’s Policy Statement to be Presented during United Nations’ 52nd Session of the Commission for Social Development

January 23, 2014

Between February 11-21,2014 Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE) have been approved to make an oral statement before the 52nd Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSD), which is taking place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, the same week. The high-level annual CSD is being organized by Civil Society and Outreach Unit, Division for Social Policy and Development, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs,  and is being held under the priority theme “Promoting empowerment of people in achieving poverty eradication, social integration, full employment and decent work for all.” This year will be devoted to adopting the action-oriented policy recommendations on the above mentioned priority issues.

Chaired by Ms. Sewa Lamsal Adhikari, Chargé d’Affaires of the Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations, the event will bring together heads of state, and senior government officials, as well as representatives from non-governmental organizations and the private sector. In the framework of the Session, GFDD and FUNGLODE will come out in force with the presentation entitled “Boosting local productivity, social cohesion and education opportunities on a local level as keys to poverty eradication and decent work for all.”

With the intervention, the Foundations will call for a new approach to sustainable development — a local development paradigm — and state that small businesses are a core source of dynamism for the development of a nation’s economy. “It is vital to promote local businesses, through the support and empowerment of both existing and new local entrepreneurs. It is important to create policies that foster innovation, creativity and the incubation of new businesses,” GFDD and FUNGLODE will announce during the debate.

This statement will be supported by some successful stories from Latin America about initiatives dedicated to the creation of innovative enterprises that are seeking to reduce income inequality and social disparity. The centerpiece of the Foundation’s presentation will be the eleboration on a local development paradigm and the parts it
is made of, including education, engagement of local communities and development of local economies, that altogether ensure the promotion of sustainable development in both developed and developing countries across the world.

About the Commission for Social Development
The Commission for Social Development has been in existence from the very inception of the United Nations, advising the Economic and Social Council and
Governments on a wide range of social policy issues and on the social perspective of development. Functioning under a broad mandate, the Commission for Social Development has met at various intervals and at different locations during its 50 years of existence, with a membership that has varied in size and geographical composition. It has adapted its agenda and its methods of work periodically to enable it to provide, in changing circumstances, relevant expert advice to the Council, to multilateral funds and programmes supporting operational activities in the social field, and to Governments seeking technical guidance in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of national policy. Each year, the Commission has taken up key social development themes as part of its follow-up to the outcome of the Copenhagen Summit. The Commission’s Programme of Work contains all documentation of the Commission for each of its sessions since the Summit.

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