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World Summit for Social Development
PrepCom for Copenhagen +5
New York, 3-14 April 2000
Highlights from Monday, 3 April
The PrepCom met in a morning Plenary session to adopt the provisional agenda and to hear introductory remarks. All three Working Groups met to begin work on the Draft Political Declaration and the Commitments. Working Group I discussed Commitment I on enhancing an enabling environment for social development, Working Group II discussed Commitment II on promoting further initiative for eradicating poverty, and Working Group III addressed the Draft Political Declaration.

Click here for photos and RealAudio from "Progress and Priorities for the WSSD", including remarks from PrepCom Chair Maquieira, who outlined priority issues being addressed by the PrepCom

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)

Click here for the Draft Political Declaration

Click here for the overall reveiw and appraisal of the outcome of the WSSD: draft agreed concusions of the CSD (E/CN.5/2000/L.8)

Click here for the compiliation of the summaries and proposals for further action provided by the UN system


John Langmore, Director, Division of Social Policy and Development, DESA

John Langmore introduced the draft political declaration and a compilation of reports prepared by agencies of the UN system. He said the effort was a striking example of effective cooperation within the UN system. He hoped the June session would be remembered as a "Special Session on social justice." He underscored the aim of increasing the security, equality, freedom and capacity for personal initiative of all people and the degree of opportunity and justrice of all societies.

John Langmore and Christian Maquieira

PrepCom Chair Maquieira is also Chair of Working Group I

PrepCom Chair Christian Maquieira (English Translation) Chair Maquiera urged delegates to uphold a spirit of consensus building and to act not only as country representatives, but as people who will be proud of their contributions towards ending poverty, unemployment and social inequities.

Zola Skweyiya, Chair of the Commission for Social Development, (right) presented the Overall Review and Appraisal of the Implementation of the Outcome of the WSSD (A/AC.253/L.5/Rev.2/Part II) He highlighted the agreed conclusions, grouped under: poverty eradication; full employment; social integration; Africa and the Least Developed Countries; mobilization of resources for social development; and capacity building to implement social policies and programmes. He highlighted issues that created difficulties and slowed negotiations, such as unilateral economic sanctions, and said the PrepCom negotiations should be informed by ethics of care and the need to build a people-centered, sustainable development process

Working Group III began negotiations on the Draft Political Declaration
Working Group III Chair Ambassador Bagher Asadi (Iran), Chair of Working Group III (right) consults with members of the G-77/China. On language referring to inequalities in income and opportunity defeating social justice and increasing social disintegration, the G-77/China preferred stating such inequalities have hindered the achievement of social justice for all and increased social disintegration. He called for reference to extending social and economic benefits in text on marginalization. On achievements being assessed in terms of economic activity and, inter alia, the security of people and social justice, the EU proposed a reference to human well being. The G-77/China called for reference to achievements being made not only through economic activity but also through equitable distribution of wealth and, inter alia, guaranteeing social justice and equity between women and men. The Group also suggested deleting language on an effective regulatory structure set by transparent and accountable government.

Working Group I began work on Commitment 1 on enhancing the enabling environment for social development
The G-77/China consulting in Working Group I on proposed textual changes. On a reference to reinforcing peace, security, human rights and fundamental freedoms, the G-77/China proposed insertion of text referring to the right to development by, inter alia, promoting peace and respect for diversity. The Group also offered new text on respecting human rights and the right to development, and suggested adding a reference to religious and cultural values.

Working Group II began discussion on Commitment 2 on promoting further initiatives for eradicating poverty

Working Group II Chair Koos Richelle, the Netherlands

Under Commitment II, the G-77/China proposed text on further initiatives for poverty eradication based on POA language. The EU and the G-77/China said they would reconsider language, including references to social development instead of policy-making, and to cooperation with civil society. The group accepted a reference to reducing poverty with a view to eradicating it. On ways to integrate references to poverty eradication strategies, goals and targets, Canada called for retaining language on sustainable and pro-poor growth strategies that enhance the ability of men and women to take advantage of world markets.

Working Group II, Commitment 2: Delegates agreed on action paragraphs on: ensuring access for all to basic social services; encouraging sustainable rural development; developing and promoting institutional capacities; and ensuring a gender equality perspective at all levels. Delegates also accepted a G-77/China proposal on targeting vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, but disagreed on restructuring public expenditure policies to make them more efficient, transparent and accountable. Delegates agreed on references to ensuring community participation in poverty reduction strategies and to acknowledging civil society's role in delivering social services. They also agreed on assisting developing countries with poverty-related data analysis and encouraging decentralization of basic social services. Delegates did not reach consensus on improving social systems and extending coverage to, inter alia, vulnerable groups.

Side Event: Progress and Priorities for the World Summit for Social Development
This panel discussion was cosponsored by the Division for Social Policy and Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and the International Council on Social Welfare.

Julian Disney, President, International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW)
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Michel Thierry, Chairman of the French National Committee for the Followup of Copenhagen and Head of the French Delegation

(Part 1) PrepCom Chair Christian Maquieira said the process has reached a moment of political will, noting the review and assessment were complete, the draft declaration was being negotiated, and the question of new initiatives was now being tackled. He discussed: the question of the pact on poverty;and the employment agenda, including the rights of work to social responsibility of the private sector; and the ILO's concept of "decent work"
(Part 2) He also discussed the issue of Africa and the least developed countries, highlighting the linkage between TRIPs and getting medication to Africa to combat HIV/AIDS, and said the epidemic was serious enough to warrant attention in the Security Council because of its threat to international peace.

Linkages Coverage of the World Summit for Social Development in Copenhagen
A summary of the major issues
Agenda for the Second Session of the PrepCom

Secretariat web site with official documents and information for NGO participants
Secretary-General's Report on the Implementation of the Outcome of the WSSD
Summary of the WSSD agreements
Information on the WSSD+5 Special Session
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