United Nations Headquarters, New York, 8-17 February 2021

The Bureau of the Commission for Social Development normally allocates time for NGOs to speak depending on the schedule of the day and the number of Member States on their speakers' list. The number of NGOs permitted to speak is at the discretion of the Bureau. At previous Commissions was time for 15-20 NGOs to speak.

NGO’s in consultative status with ECOSOC (General or Special Status) can choose to speak on one of the following agenda items:

Priority Theme: 
Socially just transition towards sustainable development: the role of digital technologies on social development and well-being of all.

Review of relevant United Nations plans and programmes of action pertaining to the situation of social groups:

(i) Outcome document of the high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the realization of the Millennium Development Goals and other internationally agreed development goals for persons with disabilities: the way forward, a disability-inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond;
(ii) World Programme of Action for Youth;
(iii) Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, 2002;
(iv) Family issues, policies and programmes;

(c) Emerging issues: Social policy to promote a more inclusive, resilient and sustainable recovery: building back better post-COVID-19 for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda in the context of the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development.

Time limit:

NGO representatives will be permitted to speak for a maximum of 3 minutes (approx. 350 words). The time limit will be strictly enforced.

The selection criteria for NGOs to be included on a speakers list will be based on the following criteria:

1. Adherence and relevance to the priority theme, and focus on the role of digital technologies on social development and well-being of all.
2. NGOs speaking on behalf of a group, network or committee;
3. Representation of a balance of regional groups.

The order of NGOs on the speakers list will be based on:

a) NGOs speaking on behalf of a group, network or committee
b) Regional grouping, alphabetized
c) Most convenient time for the NGO representative(s)

NGOs who have requested to speak and are not on the final speakers list can still make interventions after high-level panels when the Bureau ask for questions from the floor. 

NGO oral statements cannot reproduce content that was submitted in a written statement to CSocD59.

On the day you are invited to speak, you will need to identify yourself to a UNDESA staff member who will notify the Secretary of the Bureau of your presence and ability to speak. If you are not present the NGO next on the list will be called, and should you wish to speak at another time, you can make a DESA staff member aware of your presence on the floor.

The deadline for submission is 25 January 2021.

For more information about the CSocD59, please visit: http://bit.ly/un-csocd59

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* 6. First and Last Name of the NGO Representative who will make the oral statement:

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* 9. Please provide the full name of your organization (Please note that your organization should be in consultative status with ECOSOC (General or Special):

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* 10. To which agenda item does your statement relate?

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* 11. Please input your oral statement below, noting that there is a strict enforcement of the 3-minute time limit (approx. 350 words):

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* 12. Are you speaking on behalf of an NGO Group, Network or Committee? Please list all organizations represented: