Past Event: Civil Society Forum

February 1-2, 2016
United Nations Headquarters, New York

2016.02 CSocD fishbowl panel

Fishbowl-style panel: (from left) LaNeice Collins, Daniela Bas, Maryann Braxton, Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Jasmin Burgermeister, Michael Cichon and Beulah Walker.

On the occasion of the 54th session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD), FES New York co-organized a two-day forum for civil society representatives that aimed to prepare civil society participants to meaningfully engage with the Commission through a better understanding of its work regarding the 2030 Agenda. The Civil Society Forum’s topic this year centered on inequalities and the 2030 Agenda and contributed to the main theme of the CSocD54: “Rethinking and strengthening social development in the contemporary world”.

The Civil Society Forum brought together a diverse group of activists from around the world, as well as experts from academia and the United Nations System for a dynamic conversation about experiences, and a fruitful exchange of advice on ways forward. Among many others, speakers included Michael Cichon, Professor of Social Protection at the United Nations University (UNU MERIT); Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Professor at the New School; Maryann Broxton, Activist with International Movement ATD Fourth World, and Beulah Walker, Activist with the Detroit Water Brigade.


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