The CSocD62 adopts resolutions for a more just and united world

In the heart of the United Nations headquarters, the 62nd Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD62) drew to a close, leaving behind a trail of deliberations, resolutions, and aspirations for a more inclusive and equitable world. As delegates from around the globe convened for the final day, discussions ranged from promoting care and support systems to addressing the social dimensions of Africa’s development. However, amidst the discourse, challenges of consensus and differing perspectives emerged, underscoring the complexity of navigating issues of social development and discrimination on a global scale.

One of the central concerns raised during the session was articulated by Mexico, which pointed out the misalignment between the priority themes of CSocD and the broader agenda of the High-Level Political Forum and ECOSOC. Proposing solutions to bridge this gap became imperative as delegates grappled with drafting resolutions that could effectively address pressing social challenges while aligning with overarching global goals.

A significant milestone was marked with the adoption of Draft Resolution ECN 52024 L5, which underscores the importance of care and support systems for all individuals. The resolution urges member states to explore the benefits of implementing such systems, recognizing them as vital pillars for social development. However, not all resolutions sailed smoothly through the session. Draft Resolution ECN 52024 L6, focusing on the social dimensions of the new partnership for Africa’s development, faced hurdles due to late publication and subsequent lack of substantive discussion.

The intricacies of language and terminology also emerged as points of contention, with multiple delegations expressing reservations or disassociations with certain terms used in the resolutions. Disputes over phrases like “multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination” and “women and girls in diverse situations and conditions” highlighted the challenges of achieving consensus in a diverse global landscape. The Holy See, for instance, reaffirmed its understanding of “gender” based on biological sex and expressed reservations about terminology that could potentially dilute the universality of human rights.

Despite the hurdles, the session underscored the importance of respectful dialogue and flexibility in finding common ground. As the transcript reveals, the journey toward consensus on resolutions addressing sensitive issues requires patience, understanding, and unwavering commitment to upholding individual positions while striving for collective progress.

In his closing remarks, the President of the Economic and Social Council reiterated the significance of addressing social development challenges and reforming international financial structures for a more inclusive future. Meanwhile, the Chair of the Commission commended specific discussions, emphasizing the need for increased financial resources and recognizing the family as a cornerstone of social development.

Looking ahead to the 63rd session, the theme of “Strengthening solidarity, social inclusion, and social cohesion” sets the stage for continued deliberations on accelerating the delivery of commitments outlined in the Copenhagen Declaration on Social Development and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. With the election of Kristoff Maria Sty from Poland as the new Chair, alongside Vice-Chairs Julia Abel from Austria and Paula Andrea Morris Gerido from Guatemala, the stage is set for renewed collaboration and concerted efforts toward a more just and equitable world.

As the curtains draw on CSocD62, the echoes of dialogue and diplomacy resonate, reminding us of the collective responsibility to build a future where no one is left behind. In the intricate tapestry of global social development, the threads of consensus and collaboration remain indispensable, weaving together the aspirations of nations and the hopes of humanity.

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Olivier Noudjalbaye Dedingar

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