On 11-21 February, UNRISD will be using its channels within the UN to connect with government representatives and civil society organizations from UN member states at the Commission for Social Development
, held every year at UN Headquarters in New York. The Commission is the intergovernmental body responsible for the social development pillar of global development.
UNRISD Director Paul Ladd plans to brief Commission participants on the outcomes of the UNRISD conference Overcoming Inequalities in a Fractured World: Between Elite Power and Social Mobilization
in order to raise the profile of the Institute's most recent work on this key topic in UN circles, sharing the latest research results in the field and soliciting feedback. Paul Ladd will also deliver the two-yearly report to the Commission and seek the Commission's nomination of four new UNRISD Board Members.
Side events are also a key vehicle for more targeted interaction with participants at the Commission, and Paul Ladd has been invited to speak at a high-level panel discussion organized by UNESCO and UN-DESA's Division for Inclusive Social Development. The event will take place on 13 February from 13.15 to 14.30 in Room XII in UN Headquarters. Panellists will consider the importance of evidence-informed policy making, and the use of knowledge from the social sciences, in the area of social protection and its role in reducing inequalities, promoting social inclusion and enhancing social cohesion in countries in conflict and affected by conflict.