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UN Commission for Social Development, 6-15 February 2023

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The rising cost of living and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on livelihoods have exacerbated inequalities in the labor market. The 61st session of the UN Commission for Social Development, from 6 to 15 February at UN Headquarters in New York, will determine concrete measures for fostering full, productive and decent employment for all, as underpinned in Sustainable Development Goal 8.

70 per cent of the world’s people live in countries where income inequality has risen since 1990. Over 2 billion workers around the world are in the informal economy and lack access to social protection. Moreover, with slow economic recovery in emerging markets and developing economies expected to further widen inequalities between countries, effective policies and strategies must be put in place to create jobs and stimulate growth.

The Commission will host six high-level panel discussions, including the fourth global review of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing.  More than 50 side events have been organized that will focus on employment, social protection and other relevant areas.


“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.”


Ministers, senior UN officials, experts from academia, the private sector, civil society organizations and local innovators.

The opening session on Monday, 6 February, will include statements by:

  • UN Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres;
  • President of the Economic and Social Council, Ms. Lachezara Stoeva;
  • Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Mr. Li Junhua;
  • Director of the Division for Inclusive Social Development, UN DESA, Ms. Daniela Bas;
  • Chair of the 61st session of the Commission for Social Development, Ms. Alya Ahmed Saif Al-Thani;
  • Chair of the NGO Committee on Social Development, Ms. Jean Quinn;
  • Youth representative and founder and Executive Director of Building Blocks for Peace Foundation, Mr. Rafiu Lawal

WHEN:     6-15 February 2023, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm EST


Conference room 4, UN Headquarters in New York

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Hashtag: #CSocD61

Media Contacts:

Sharon Birch, UN Department of Global Communications | Email:

Helen Daun Rosengren, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs | Email:

Amine Lamrabat, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Inclusive Social Development | Email:

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