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57th session of the UN Commission for Social Development - Side-event on "Social protection to reduce inequalities"

When, local time: 
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 -
1:15pm to 2:30pm
United States of America, New York
Type of Event: 
Meeting by Member States or Institutions
Cecilie Golden,

In the context of the 57th session of the United Nations Commission for Social Development, UNESCO's Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme will organize a side-event on "Social protection to reduce inequalities and enhance social inclusion in countries affected by conflict" on 13 February 2019.

The side-event will focus its discussion on:

1) the critical role of social protection in reducing inequality and promting social inclusion

2) additional challenges faced by in-conflict and conflict affected countries in the Arab region in delivering social protection; and

3) the importance of knowledge based policymaking, and the need for involving social science community in policy making processes so that they could contribute to achieving social protection for all.

As a contribution to the priority theme of the 57th session of the Commission “Addressing inequalities and challenges to social inclusion through fiscal, wage and social protection policies”, the outcome of the MOST Ministerial Forum co-organized by the League of Arab States and UNESCO in December 2018, under the theme of “Social Protection Policies in Conflict and Conflict Affected Arab States”, as well as research findings and civil society actions in this area will be shared.

The objective of the side event is to present the importance of policymaking based on knowledge, including social science, in the area of social protection and its role in reducing inequalities, promoting social inclusion and enhancing social cohesion in countries in conflict and affected by conflict. Several of the recommendations in the Report of the Secretary-General for the Commission (Doc. E.CN/5/2019/3) are also in line with the discussions at the MOST Ministerial Forum co-organized by the League of Arab States and UNESCO in December 2019.

Ms Daniela Bas, Director, Division for Inclusive Social Development, UNDESA

Other speakers:
Mr Paul Ladd, Director, UNRISD

Mr Mohamed Gad, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Egypt to the United Nations

Mr Timo Voipio, Co-Director, Capacity Development and Partnership, EU Social Protection Systems Programme, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland

Ms Valentina Calderon-Mejia, First Economic Affairs Officer, Emerging and Conflict Related Issues Division, ESCWA

Ms Wendy MacClinchy, Senior Policy Advisor, UNHCR, New York

Ms Cecilie Golden, Programme Specialist, UNESCO-MOST