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World Summit for Social Development
PrepCom for Copenhagen +5
New York, 3-14 April 2000
   
 

Highlights from Wednesday, 5 April
Working Group I met in morning and evening sessions to continue debate on Commitment 1 on an enabling environment for social development, including paragraphs on strengthening capacities of developing countries to participate in the globalizing economy and on measures to reduce the negative impacts on social development of international financial institutions. Working Group II continued discussions on Commitment 3 on employment, including paragraphs on the ILO's Global Programme of Decnt Work and on ILO Conventions. Working Group III, on the Political Declaration, discussed paragraphs on: globalization; poverty eradication, employment and social integration; and on agreed effective implementation of the Copenhagen Declaration and POA being necessary at national and international levels.

John Langmore, Division of Social Policy and Development, and PrepCom Chair Christian Maquieira

Click here for coverage of UNICEF side event

Click here for the Chairman's working draft text on review and appraisal of the implementation of the outcome of the WSSD (A/AC.253/L.5/Rev.2)
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Click here for the overall review and appraisal of the outcome of the WSSD: draft agreed conclusions of the CSD (E/CN.5/2000/L.8)
Click here for the compilation of the summaries and proposals for further action provided by the UN system


 

On Commitment I, enabling social development, and regarding a subparagraph on financial speculation under a list of measures to reduce the negative impacts on social development of international financial turbulence, the G-77/China added reference to developing, strengthening, and enforcing regulatory frameworks for monitoring financial operations. On a subparagraph on improved measures to address short-term capital flow volatility, the Group proposed text listing improved preventative measures, including a temporary debt standstill.

Chair Maquieira led morning and evening sessions on an enabling environment for social development

 

Pakistan intervenes in support of reference to ratification of the ILO Convention on the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor

Brazil spoke on behalf of the G-77/China

On employment, regarding a paragraph referring to the ILO's Global Programme of Decent Work, the G-77/China proposed language on promoting opportunities for decent and productive work, and inserted text from the review and assessment document agreed by CSD-38 that referred to, inter alia, prohibitions on child and forced labor.

On the employment commitment, the EU proposed a paragraph on ratifying and implementing core ILO conventions on: worker's rights of association and collective bargaining; eliminating forced and child labor; and ending occupational discrimination.
Eddy Lee, ILO, was called upon throughout the Working Group II debate on employment to provide clarification on, inter alia, ILO Conventions on child labor and migrant workers

Good Practices in Social Policy: Lessons from High-Achieving Countries
This side event was organized by DESA, UNICEF and UNDP. Santosh Mehrotra, Senior Economic Adviser, Innocenti Research Center, UNICEF, presented results of a study, which looked at health and education indicators and focused on 10 high-achieving countries, all of which have responsive governments committed to social development. The countries are Barbados, Cuba, Costa Rica, Kerala (India), Sri Lanka, Botswana, Mauritius, Zimbabwe, Korea, Republic of Korea, and Malaysia. The results of the study are reflected in a book Development with a Human Face: Experiences in Social Achievement and Economic Growth, which is available from the UN Bookshop: www.un.org/Pubs/bookshop

Kul Gautam, Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF, John Langmore, Director, Division for Social Policy and Development, and Santosh Mehrotra, Senior Economic Adviser, Innocenti Research Center, UNICEF, Florence
Santosh Mehrotra outlined seven policy lessons: state provision of basic social services; high macroeconomic priority to health/education, equity of expenditures and efficiency of spending; adjustment with a human face; timing of social investment-early in the development process; sequencing-investment in basic education which preceded or simultaneous with breakthrough in infant mortality rates; key health and education interventions; and women's "agency" role.

 

Kul Gautam, Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF

Richard Jolly, Senior Adviser to the Administrator, UNDP



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Summary of the WSSD agreements
Information on the WSSD+5 Special Session
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