The 58th session of the Commission for Social Development took place from 10- 19 February 2020, with the priority theme of “Affordable housing and social protection systems for all to address homelessness”.
The Commission also reviewed relevant United Nations plans and programmes of action pertaining to the situation of social groups, the social dimensions of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development. The Commission commemorated the twenty-five anniversary of the World Summit for Social Development, per GA resolution 74/122 (para 66), by focusing the Ministerial Forum on “Twenty-five years of the World Summit for Social Development: Addressing emerging societal challenges to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda”. In addition, the Commission held a high-level panel discussion on the priority theme, a multi-stakeholder forum to share solutions to homelessness, and an interactive dialogue with senior officials of the United Nations system on the priority theme.
The Commission adopted three draft resolutions on: Social dimensions of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development; Affordable housing and social protection systems for all to address homelessness; and Modalities for the fourth review and appraisal of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, 2002; all of which were recommended for adoption by the Economic and Social Council. The Commission decided that the priority theme for the fifty-ninth session would be “Socially just transition towards sustainable development: the role of digital technologies on social development and well-being of all”.