Commission For Social Development

The Commission for Social Development is one of the functional commissions of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Its primary purpose is to advance social development and formulate policies and recommendations to address global social issues.

The Commission for Social Development focuses on topics such as poverty eradication, social inclusion, and the promotion of equitable and sustainable development. It provides a platform for member states to discuss and coordinate efforts to improve social well-being and development worldwide.

This Commission typically takes place annually at the United Nations headquarters in New York. During its sessions, member states, international organisations, and civil society representatives come together to discuss and address various social development issues. The commission’s agenda includes reviewing and analysing progress made in areas like poverty reduction, social inclusion, and the implementation of international development goals. Participants engage in policy dialogues, share best practices, and make recommendations to promote social development at both the national and global levels. The commission’s discussions and outcomes contribute to shaping policies and initiatives aimed at improving the well-being of individuals and communities worldwide.

Read: SI’s Written Statement for CSocD62

Watch: SI’s CSocD61 Written Statement

Watch below the video from SI’s Written Statement being read out in the UN at CSocD61 in February 2023.

Read: CSocD Blogs and Articles

Looking back on…. CSocD

The 61st session of the Commission on Social Development (CSocD) took place 6-15 February 2023, at the United Nations Headquarters in NY. Under the chairmanship of Ambassador Alya Ahmed Saif Al-Thani of Qatar the session was held entirely in person for the first time since 2020. The priority theme for

Our Voice at the UN

Although many restrictions remain in place, and most events are virtual or hybrid, the United Nations centers are slowly opening their doors again, and Soroptimist International representatives from across the globe remain unwavering as they advocate for the rights for women and girls. In this edition of Our Voice at

Together We’re Stronger

Blog by Sharon Fisher, Immediate Past President, Soroptimist International. "In the spirit of sharing the work of Soroptimist International and how we eradicate poverty and hunger and achieve wellbeing and decent work we were invited to participate with other NGOs in a collaborative session during the Commission on Social Development. 


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