UN Social Development Commission elects Ruchira Kamboj its Chair for 62d session

PTI, Feb 18, 2023, 9:02 AM IST

India's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ruchira Kamboj (Credit: ANI / File)

Washington DC: The UN Commission for Social Development has elected India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ruchira Kamboj as its chair for the 62nd session.

Kamboj was elected chair by acclamation at the first meeting of the 62nd session of the UN Commission for Social Development at the UN headquarters in New York this week.

It also elected Jon Ivanovski from North Macedonia, Carla María Carlson from the Dominican Republic, and Thomas Lammar from Luxembourg as the Vice-Chairs of the 62nd session.

Earlier, the Commission for Social Development on the final day of its 61st session forwarded four draft resolutions to the UN Economic and Social Council for adoption.

Adopting by consensus among the draft resolutions included one focused on creating full employment and decent work for all to overcome inequalities and accelerate the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Commission during its last meeting of the 62nd session approved the text ”Future organization and methods of work of the Commission for Social Development”, in which the UN Economic and Social Council would decide that the priority theme for the 62nd session of the Commission will be ”Fostering social development and social justice through social policies to accelerate progress on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to achieve the overarching goal of poverty eradication”.

Among other things, it would also decide that the Commission shall adopt a decision at its 62nd session to establish the priority theme for its 63rd session, in accordance with the provisions of the present resolution, according to the minutes of the meeting.

The Commission in its draft resolution ”Creating full and productive employment and decent work for all as a way of overcoming inequalities to accelerate the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” said the pandemic has raised the number of those living in poverty, widened inequalities, increased unemployment and has continue to disproportionately impact people in vulnerable situations.

The draft resolution stressed the need to address challenges faced by those working in informal or vulnerable jobs, by investing in the creation of more decent work opportunities.

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