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

Highlights from Tuesday, 4 April
The PrepCom met in a morning Plenary session to adopt the Secretary-General's note on the regional symposium on socioeconomic policies during macroeconomic stabilization in countries with economies in transition (A/AC.253/15), and the accreditation of additional NGOs to the Special Session (A/AC.253/26). Following Plenary, Working Group I continued work on Commitment 1 on enhancing the enabling environment for social development. Working Group II completed initial discussion on Commitment 2, promoting further initiatives for poverty eradication, and began negotiations on Commitment 3, promoting further initiatives for full employment. Working Group 3 continued debate on the draft political declaration.

PrepCom Chair Christian Maquieira gavels through the decisions as adopted by Plenary

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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 review and appraisal of the outcome of the WSSD: draft agreed conclusions of the CSD (E/CN.5/2000/L.8)
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John Langmore, Director, Division for Social Policy and Development and Kate Newell, Secretariat


Chair Maquieira speaks with delegates from Libya (left) and Algeria (right)

Eddy Lee, Director, International Policy Group, International Labor Organization (ILO), intervened regarding the issue of definitions of productivity and efficiency that measure the effectiveness of employment of labor and show the cost of unemployment and poverty

Working Group 3 Chair Bagher Asadi, Iran

Working Group 2 Chair Koor Richelle (the Netherlands)
In Working Group II, the EU discussed Commitment 2, on poverty eradication, the EU proposed to replace subparagraphs on ways to extend social protection system coverage and overcome social exclusion, with a bis paragraph, which invites the International Labor Organization (ILO ) and others to extend social protection systems to the unprotected

ILO Side Event
Integrating Social and Economic Development: the roles and responsibilities of the public and private sector

Eddy Lee, Director, International Policy Group, ILO, PrepCom Chair Christian Maquieira, and Janelle Diller, Head of the Voluntary Private Initiatives, ILO

Eddy Lee discussed decent work and poverty reduction in the global economy and the need for greater policy integration and coherence, emphasizing that "the integrated problems of sustainable economic growth and social development cannot be tackled with sectoral solutions," a message that should emerge from the Special Session of the General Assembly. He said the ILOs notion of decent work is an attempt to apply an integrated approach to policies. He said the ILO's programme on decent work aims at achieving the following four objectives: employment creation; promoting basic rights at work; improving social protection; and promoting a social dialogue.


Janelle Diller discussed the ILO's Private Voluntary Initiatives Programme, which works to translate the principles underlying ILO's standards and activities into company practices that promote decent work and life. It builds on the common ground between efforts to promote decent work, and initiatives in business social responsibility, particularly across global supply and service chains. The Programme offers a framework to equip enterprises to take responsibility and builds capacity to promote decent work through knowledge sharing, research, technical services, education, and advocacy. Services include: access to up-to-date information; virtual and conventional training modules; and field projects. The Programme serves as the ILO Secretariat for UN Global Compact, an effort within the UN system that promotes universal values in business operations worldwide. Visit the Global Compact website at:
For further information on private voluntary initiatives, e-mail: [email protected]

UNDP Side Event: Overcoming Human Poverty: UNDP Poverty Report 2000
UNDP launched its report at a side event today. The report finds that five years after the commitments of the WSSD, nations with genuine action plans to end poverty, remain in the minority. The report concludes that good economic policies and growth are not enough for poverty reduction, and that "the 'missing link' between poverty and its reduction in developing countries and economies in transition is effective governance institutions. When governments are unaccountable or corrupt, poverty reduction programmes have little success in targeting benefits. The report's authors say that a major job of multilateral assistance is to help countries put effective governance in place.
Stephen Browne, Director of UNDP's Social Development and Poverty Elimination Division (SDPED), Mark Malloch Brown, UNDP Administrator, Eimi Watanabe, Assistant Administrator, and Terry McKinley, Coordinator, UNDP Poverty Report 2000
Mark Malloch Brown, UNDP Administrator, said that the aim should be to help build up the capacities of governments, at both national and local levels, to assume control and direct their own poverty initiatives, and that this was the vitally important capacity-building agenda for external assistance.

Terry McKinley, Report Coordinator

The main messages of the report are: commitments to poverty reduction; developing national anti-poverty plans; linking poverty to national policies; linking countries' international policies to poverty; responsive and accountable institutions of governance; pro-poor local governance; self-organization of the poor at the community level; focusing resources on the poor; integrating poverty programmes; and monitoring progress against poverty.

Eimi Watanabe, UNDP Assistant Administrator, and Stephen Browne, UNDP

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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