Social development and sustainability, employment and decent work on the agenda of UN CSocD session
The 61st session of the UN Commission for Social Development (CSocD61) will be held in New York from 6 to 15 February 2023. Finland will be represented at the session by Minister of Social Affairs and Health Hanna Sarkkinen and Youth Delegate Hung Ly. Finland, the International Labour Organization ILO, the African Union and UN Women will organise a side event focusing on social protection and the effects of climate change.
The priority theme for the 61st session of the UN Commission for Social Development will be creating full and productive employment and decent work for all as a way of overcoming inequalities to accelerate the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The session will also address the social impacts of multifaceted crises.
”Social sustainability is an essential part of the goals of the 2030 Agenda. Strengthening it is important in the current global situation marred by numerous crises,” says Minister of Social Affairs and Health Hanna Sarkkinen.
Perspectives of young people on employment, decent work and education
Minister Sarkkinen and UN Youth Delegate of Finland Hung Ly will deliver Finland’s address in the general discussion.
“The opportunities for the most vulnerable people to access education and find decent work must be actively improved. We need multi-level cooperation and targeted programmes now more than ever to guarantee security and opportunities for everyone. It is a human rights and security issue,” says Youth Delegate Hung Ly.
The side event organised jointly by Finland, the International Labour Organization ILO, the African Union and UN Women will discuss social protection as a way of supporting those poor and vulnerable people who are losing their livelihood or income as a result of climate change.
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 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Finland is a member of the Commission for a fixed period.
Finland’s UN Youth Delegates work as links between young people in Finland and the UN, represent young people at the UN General Assembly and promote the visibility of UN matters.
Jiri Sironen, Special Adviser to the Minister, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, [email protected]
Timo Voipio, Senior Specialist, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, [email protected]
Hung Ly, UN Youth Delegate [email protected]