GCSPF at the 59th Session of the Commission for Social Development

e-GCSPF # 49 – February 2021 – CSocD59
 

GCSPF at the 59th Session of the Commission for Social Development

The 59th session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD59) will address the Priority Theme “Socially just transition towards sustainable development: the role of digital technologies on social development and well-being of all”. The CSocD59 will take place from 8th to 17th February 2021 in an hybrid (in-person and digital) format.

The list of side events is here. Side events organized by members of the GCSPF are listed below.
Read the information of the virtual side event “Building Roofs and Raising Floors Through Inclusive Digital Technologies and A Global Fund for Social Protection”, co-organized by the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors (GCSPF) and Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP).

The NGO Committee for Social Development that follows and echoes the work of the UN Commission for Social Development, amplifying the many voices that are left behind and highlighting local examples of resilience, solidarity and hope moving forward communities in spite of the systemic obstacles they face everyday. Click here to read and sign the Civil Society Declaration.

The NGO Committee will hold a 5-days Virtual Civil Society Forum (CSF 2021) that will include an all virtual Orientation and Networking event, three Thematic Sessions and a Closing Session. Please register separately for each event of the CSF 2021.

 
   
 

Migration, Displacement & their Cross-cutting issues in the Context of Digital Technology & Just Transitions

   
 

Migration and displacement in practice and purpose are a depiction of transition. Heavily influenced by digital technology, in the modern world ensuring this experience is not plagued with cross-cutting issues such as forced displacement, climate change and inequalities is integral, if we as a global community are to build a just, sustainable future. This event, organized by UNANIMA International, will not only holistically explore and address the Commission’s theme in the context of migration and displacement but will also provide concrete links between the priority theme of CSocD59 and its past priority themes, particularly that of CSocD58, which was focused on social protection floors and homelessness. The dialogue will give an opportunity for members of the panel to discuss drivers, outcomes, policies, preventative solutions, and good practices for services. Staying true to our mantra “don’t talk about us, without us,” this event will host a number of conversations between different types of experts on a common theme.
The flyer is here and the concept note is here. Please register here.
The virtual side event will take place on 9 February, 8:30 am – 9:45 am EST.

   
   
 

Social Inclusion through digital inclusion in the context of sustainable development: trends and challenges

   
 

The side-event coorganized by the International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW) in cooperation with other partners will to explore the pre-requisites and core activities necessary to ensure that all individuals and communities, including the most disadvantaged, have access to and use of information and communication technologies (ICT) and are fully capable of improving the terms of their participation in society through wider opportunities and access to resources, including digital resources. The presenters will address the existing challenges, as well as good practices that contribute to shaping the most appropriate models of digitalization focused on social well-being and welfare promotion.
The concept note is here. Please register here. To participate click here (Access code 631894).
The virtual side event will take place on 9 February, 10 am – 11:15 am EST.

   
   
 

Digital inclusion in Education and Social Protection for all

   
 
The First Thematic Panel on “Digital Inclusion in Education and Social Protection for All”, as part of the Civil Society Forum 2021, CSocD59.
Digital technology is not neutral. Big data, algorithms, and artificial intelligence are informed by existing human biases and reinforce stereotypes, perpetuating discrimination, and inequity. Disparities are also pervasive among existing users of digital technology. Gender biases contribute to compromised technological literacy in women, resulting in fewer women in STEM fields and less participation in innovation. Access and literacy are inextricably linked and together have the power to connect the most vulnerable communities to social benefits, culture, healthcare, and education, among much more.
Further information is available here. Please register here.
The virtual event will take place on Tuesday 9 February, 10:30 am – 12 pm EST.
   
   
 

Digital Technology at the Service of Ending Homelessness

   
 

In this event, we will offer several perspectives about ways digital technology can alleviate or help end homelessness. A youth will provide their experience. We will hear from two digital technology companies about their means of using technology with regard to homelessness. Ideas about using technology to count homelessness (so that it can be addressed) willbe offered. And a speaker will discuss using technology to provide education to persons without homes.
The Congregation of the Mission, the Company of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, the International Associations of Charities (AIC), Sisters of Charity Federation, the International Confederation of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary all are involved in a variety of efforts to end homelessness.
The flyer is here and the concept note is here. Please register here.
The virtual side event will take place on 9 February, 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm EST.

   
   
 

The Economy of Wellbeing: A Holistic Approach to achieve the Agenda 2030 goals

   
 

Economy of Wellbeing (EoW) is a policy orientation and governance approach that places people and their wellbeing at the center of policy and decision- making. This Virtual Side Event aims at global discussion on the EoW by bringing together speakers from Europe, Africa and Asia to explore the characteristics and conditions for EoW, and linking it with “just transition”.
The concept note is here. Please register here.
The virtual side event will take place on 11 February, 8:30 am – 9:45 am EST.

   
   
 

Building Roofs and Raising Floors Through Inclusive Digital Technologies and A Global Fund for Social Protection

   
 

The virtual side event co-organized by the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors and Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) with bring together speakers from the Governments of Finland and Belgium, the United Nations, civil society, academia, and lived experience. Speakers will explore the diverse and interconnecting perspectives on social protection and homelessness, and discuss why the Global Fund for Social Protection is necessary to ensure that all have the right to social protection. Speakers will specifically consider how digital technology can extend social protection floors to those who are living without roofs.
The flyer is here and the concept note is here. Please register here.
The virtual side event will take place on Friday 12 February, 08.30 am – 09.45 am (EST).

   
   
 

Behind the Screen: Grassroots experiences accessing social services and education in a digital world

   
 


A diverse panel organized by International Movement ATD Fourth World will bring together activists with a lived experience of poverty—affected by either the digital divide or the digital transformation of public services—academics working on the digital welfare state, and Member State representatives proposing good practices. They will engage in discussion on the intersectional challenges that lie in transforming government services in the digital era while protecting the rights, dignity and wellbeing of all, especially that of individuals and families with lived experience of poverty.
The flyer is here. Please register here.
The virtual side event will take place on Monday 15 February, 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm (EST).

   
   
 

Digital and Financial Equity: Solutions to Ensure Inclusive Post-COVID-19 Recovery

   
 

The State of Broadband 2019 report reveals that global growth in the percentage of households connected to the internet is slowing, rising only slightly to 54.8% from 53.1% last year. In low-income countries, household internet adoption improved by a mere 0.8% on average. While businesses are increasingly offering consumers the option to transact through online and mobile platforms, two major barriers prevent consumers from adopting these digital options: lack of internet connectivity (digital exclusion) and lack of a bank account to receive or make payments (financial exclusion). The experience of COVID-19 has intensified the fundamental weakness in digital inclusion for micro small and medium enterprises, and those in marginalized communities to receive social benefits . The panel -coorganized by Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Loreto Generalate- will explore interlinkages between financial and digital exclusion, regulatory challenges, disparities in broadband connectivity including technology behind internet connectivity and propose solutions.
The virtual side event will take place on Monday 15 February, 1.15 pm – 2.30 pm (EST).

   
   
 

Serving Across the Digital Divide: Catholic Religious Witness to the Role of Digital Technology in Social Inequalities

   
 

In this side event (co-organized by Justice Coalition of Religious: DC, CM, CND, Congregations of St. Joseph, OP, CMF, IBVM & CJ, PBVM, MM, MMS, OMI, CP, RSHM, Salesian Missions, SSND, Sisters of Charity Federation, SND de Namur, RSCJ, UNANIMA International) we will learn from the experiences, perspectives, and visions of several Catholic women and men Religious who are dedicated to service of those on the disconnected side of our current digital divide. They will shine a light on the particular ways the digital divide has impacted the marginalised communities in which they live and minister. They will also offer their insights into what the first steps toward digitalization could look like in their communities and the role they are ready to play in that process.
The concept note is here. The flyer is here. Please register here.
The virtual side event will take place on Monday 15 February, 1.15 pm – 2.30 pm (EST).

   
   
 

Indigenous Peoples’ Social Development Principles

   
 

Indigenous Peoples’ representatives will share issues as well as development principles to remedy or avoid these social concerns. The panel presentations are followed by questions allowing all stakeholders to implement their organizations’ plans with consideration of Indigenous Peoples’ development principles that advance Indigenous Peoples’ continued sustainable social development. Eliminate systemic racism to achieve a socially just transition towards sustainable development incorporating Indigenous Peoples’ development principles shared at this side event. Implement human rights instruments allowing equitable decision-making to ensure digital technologies promote social development and well-being of all. Promote Indigenous Peoples’ development index measuring social development progress with data we own and share in accordance with DRIP to fill data gaps. The event is organized by The Grail.
The concept note is here.
The event will be held on Wednesday 17 February, 8:30 am – 9:45 am (EST).

   
   
 

Youth Perspectives on Family Homelessness and Technology

   
 

“Youth Perspectives on Family Homelessness and Technology” will primarily give voice to the perspectives people with lived experience of homelessness/displacement and University students on how Family Homelessness is affected by technology, including through examination of the role of digital technologies on social development and well-being of all, especially the most marginalized of our world (migrants, refugees, visible and hidden homeless populations). Topics of presentation within this discussion will include inequality as a driver of homelessness, experiences of hidden homelessness, human trafficking, and experiences of displacement. UNANIMA International’s intention is to showcase perspectives which consider gender and social justice lenses, which are particularly relevant to both issues of Family Homelessness and technology. The contributions of lived experience will rightfully place these individuals as experts on the topics which affect them. This event is organized by Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.
The concept note is here. Please register here.
The virtual side event will be held on Wednesday 17 February, 08.30 am – 09.45 am (EST).

   
   

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