UNDESA DSPD Civil Society

NGO Participation at the Fifty Fourth Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD54)

The Fifty Fourth Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD54) will take place from 3 to 12 February 2016 at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The Priority Theme of the session is “Rethinking and strengthening social development in the contemporary world".

In addition to the priority theme, the session will include review of relevant United Nations plans and programmes of action pertaining to the situation of social groups such as: disabled persons, youth, ageing, and the family.

On 1-2 February 2016, a Civil Society Forum will be convened at UN Headquarters. The Forum is hosted jointly by UNDESA-DSPD, the NGO Committee for Social Development and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. Please note that the outcome of the Forum will be presented at the first plenary meeting of  the Commission, immediately following the introduction of the Priority Theme. For information and registration to attend the Civil Society Forum, please contact the NGO Committee for Social Development.

Participation of NGOs at CSocD54


Integrated Civil Society Organizations (iCSO) System

NGOs are strongly encouraged to UPDATE their organizational profile (before pre-registering for our events) using the integrated Civil Society Organizations (iCSO) System developed by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) to facilitate interactions between civil society organizations and DESA.


DESA has also developed CSO Net - the Civil Society Network, a web portal that facilitates online pre-registration to UN conferences open for civil society participation.