Finland participates in the 60th session of the UN Commission for Social Development — priority theme for this year is eradicating poverty and hunger worldwide
The 60th session of the UN Commission for Social Development (CSocD) will be held in a hybrid format, that is, both in New York and virtually, from 7 to 16 February 2022. The priority theme of the session is ‘Inclusive and resilient recovery from COVID-19 for sustainable livelihoods, well-being and dignity for all: eradicating poverty and hunger in all its forms and dimensions to achieve the 2030 Agenda’.
Finland will participate in the session virtually. The Finnish delegation consists of multiple actors and is led by Minister of Social Affairs and Health Hanna Sarkkinen. It has representatives from ministries, the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare and various civil society organisations. Minister Sarkkinen will deliver the Nordic countries’ address at the session , and she will also attend two high-level discussion forums.
“By ensuring that children have opportunities for health, wellbeing and education we will invest in the future in a sustainable manner and prevent poverty,” Minister Sarkkinen says in her address. Minister Sarkkinen also emphasises the importance of reducing inequality and strengthening social wellbeing as part of the implementation of the Agenda 2030.
Finland will participate in two side events. The side event organised by the International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW) will focus on food and nutrition policies. Ministerial Adviser Sirpa Sarlio from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health will give a speech at the event. The side event organised by the UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) will discuss a new eco-social contract and a just and green recovery from COVID-19. The Finnish speakers at the event include Professor of Social Policy Liisa Häikiö from the ORSI project.
In 2015, the UN Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals that will guide the promotion of sustainable development in 2016–2030. They aim at eradicating poverty from the world and at securing wellbeing in an environmentally sustainable manner.
The UN Commission for Social Development is the key UN body dealing with the social dimension of sustainable development. The main task of the Commission is to monitor the implementation of the outcome of the Copenhagen World Summit for Social Development (1995). It also participates in monitoring the UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. Finland is a member of the Commission for a fixed period.
For more information about the session, please visit the UN website. The decision to appoint the Finnish delegation is available in Finnish on the website of the Finnish Government.
Jiri Sironen, Special Adviser to the Minister, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, tel. +358 40 4509 077, [email protected]
Elina Häkkinen, Specialist, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, tel. +358 295 163 119, [email protected]