Renate Heinisch (DE) Group 3 member, consultative representative (BAGSO) at the UN took part at the 56th Session of the Commission for Social Development
The Fifty-sixth session of the Commission for Social Development(CSocD56) took place at the United Nations Headquarters in NewYork from 29 January to 7 February 2018

Priority Theme for the 2018 Policy Cycle: Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all

The 80 year olds from Japan and Germany are discussing Digital Competences

The Commission is the advisory body responsible for the social development pillar of global development.

This year, the CSocD56 concluded with the adoption of measures by government officials and civil society leaders, including the creation of social protection systems, that would help lift the millions of people still living in poverty, especially those in vulnerable situations. "At the global level, we have experienced impressive reductions in extreme poverty. Significant progress has also been made in improving access to schooling and healthcare, promoting the empowerment of women, youth, persons with disabilities, older persons and indigenous populations," said UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed at the opening of the Commission. "However, the drop in extreme poverty remains uneven across regions, within countries and between various social groups," she noted

The Commission approved a draft resolution titled "Third review and appraisal of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, 2002" , by whose terms the Council encourage Member States to further strengthen their implementation of that Plan. Among other things, it would recognize the potential of older persons and their essential contributions to societies and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development's implementation. The Council encourage States to take into account the multidimensional nature of the vulnerability of older persons to poverty and economic insecurity, including through the promotion of good health, care and well being in their implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals at the national level. Expressing concern that growing older presented a significant additional risk of vulnerability to economic insecurity and poverty, the Council encourage States to adopt measures and policies aimed at providing economic and social security and health care to older persons.

GR3 member Renate Heinisch flanked by German representative BMFSFJ Mark Kamperhoff and UN Youth Delegates

"Whenever you want to take an important decision take a moment to rest and think: Have I consulted with the generation that this decision will affect? Have they been at the negotiating table and are they part of the decision making process? If you can answer all questions with an undoubtful YES - congratulations. If not - ADJUST and take action to get the missing perspectives on board. They are worth it!", Mio Kuschick and Anaick Geißel (German Youth Delegates)

"Combating poverty is closely linked with peace, economic development and environmental sustainability. These challenges can only be met through international co-operation.

The fact that we all have cut extreme poverty in half since 1990 has shown that the world has accepted these challenges.

Reaching the first of the 17 sustainable development goals would send out a strong global signal.

It is up to us - every country on its own and the countries of the world together. The Commission for Social Development has an important role to play and needs to fulfil this mandate",so Mark Kamperhoff.