ICSW and the United Nations (UN/ONU)

For over half a century the International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW) has represented peak organisations in over seventy countries. Thus tens of thousands of civil society organisations have been represented through ICSW at the UN. As an organisation with UN consultative status, ICSW is involved in global discussions concerning issues of social development, social welfare and social justice.

This involvement is especially with UNESCO, ECOSOC, UN Commission for Social Development and the UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD). ICSW in its monthly newsletter Global Cooperation draws attention to UNRISD publications and research. To visit UNRISD directly go to www.unrisd.org.

Sergei Zelenev
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ICSW Special Representative to the United Nations in New York.
Odile Frank
Odile Frank

ICSW Special Representative to the United Nations in Geneva.

This section highlights ICSW submissions to the UN.


2015

Commission for Social Development
The written statement delivered by the ICSW at the 53rd Session of the Commission for Social Development. The ICSW statement can be accessed in all languages of the UN. All other statements and links could be found on the Commission for Social Development Session 2015 page


2014

Commission for Social Development
The written statement delivered by the ICSW at the 52nd Session of the Commission for Social Development. The ICSW statement can be accessed in all languages of the UN. All other statements and links could be found on the Commission for Social Development Session 2014 page


2013

Statement at the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing
A statement by ICSW delivered by the Executive Director - Sergei Zelenev, at the fourth working session on the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing, New York, 12-15 August 2013.

Statement at the NGO Forum
Statement by Mr. Michael Cichon, ICSW President, on "Social Protection and Empowerment: The Role of Civil Society" at the NGO Forum in New York on February 5th 2013.

ICSW at the 51st Session of the Commission for Social Development
New York, 6-15 February 2013

The written statement delivered by the ICSW at the 51st Session of the Commission for Social Development. The ICSW statement can be accessed in all languages of the UN. All other statements and links could be found on the Commission for Social Development Session 2013 page.

Statement by Sergei Zelenev, ICSW Executive Director, at the 51st session of the Commission for Social Development on February 12th 2013.


2012

Statement to the UN - working group on ageing
A statement made on behalf of ICSW at the Third session of the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing at the UN Headquarters. ICSW participation in the relevant activities of the United Nations provides an opportunity to get our views presented before international community at large, making our collective voice heard.

International Labour Organisation (ILO)
30 civil society organisations including ICSW have prepared a statement wholeheartedly support the International Labour Organisation's intention to adopt the recommendation on national social protection floors at the 101st session of the International Labour Conference in June 2012. Read the statement in French, English and Spanish below.

Commission for Social Development
2012 ICSW presented in February its statement to the UN Commission for Social Development. The statement focussed on poverty eradication. The Commission examines a subject over two years. 2012 was the second year for poverty eradication. The statement can be found in all UN languages at:
http://social.un.org/index/CommissionforSocialDevelopment/Sessions/2012/NGOsStatements.aspx


2011

2011 ICSW presented in February its statement to the UN Commission for Social Development. The statement focussed on poverty eradication. The Commission examines a subject over two years. 2011 was the first year for poverty eradication. The statement can be found in all UN languages at:
http://social.un.org/index/CommissionforSocialDevelopment/Sessions/2011/NGOsStatements.aspx


2010

On UN Social Work Day held on 28th March Helen Clark of the United Nations Development Programme called on social workers to speak up and get involved with the UN agendas and to challenge inequality and injustice.

ICSW presented in February its statement to the UN Commission for Social Development. The statement focussed on the impact of the global financial crisis on social integration. The statement can be found in all UN languages at www.un.org


2009

ICSW has prepared a statement on social integration for the UN Commission for Social Development that meets in February 2009. There are two documents - a complete statement and a shorter one that meets the UN maximum word limit of 2000 words.

A new deal for people in a global crisis - social security for all
Social Security for All. During the 2009 47th Session of the Commission for Social Development an excellent workshop in social security was held. The speakers from UN, ILO and UNICEF presented well researched arguments for a basic social floor of social security benefits. ICSW supports the adoption by all countries of a global social floor.


2008

The UN has made many commitments to full employment and decent work. In 1995 117 world leaders signed the Copenhagen Declaration. It is time to remind member governments of the UN of their adherence to their own commitments.


2007

ICSW's statement to the UN on promoting full employment and decent work for all arises from the fact that global unemployment is rising. This is despite the impressive growth in global gross domestic product (GDP). Economic growth is not translating into new jobs. ICSW draws attention to the poor conditions of work for many employed people.


2006

The ICSW statement is a review of the first UN Decade for the Eradication of Poverty 1997-2006. The findings show that, despite a decade of poverty eradication, there remains a large gap between the commitments, goals and targets for the Decade and the outcomes of current trends on income and human poverty.


2005

ICSW's statement focuses on the World Summit for Social Development (WSSD) that concentrated on four core issues - poverty alleviation, unemployment, social exclusion and an enabling environment for social development.