U.N. Commissions on Social Development and the Status of Women

A Recap and Preview

Once a month, NCFR will round up resources from the United Nations (U.N.) and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relevant to family research.

Recap: Commission for Social Development


The 56th Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD56) was held Jan. 29–Feb. 7, 2018 at U.N. Headquarters. NCFR's U.N. Representatives, Mihaela Robila and Bahira Sherif Trask, were in attendance. The agenda included reviewing U.N. plans and programs of action on the following topics: family issues and policies, aging, disabled persons, and youth.

You can read draft resolutions, statements, highlights, and more from the 56th Session, as well as view webcasts, photos, and videos, on the CSocD56 website.

Of particular interest to family professionals is a video recording of “The Role of Family Policies in Eradicating Poverty: An Evidence and Policy-based Approach to Empowering Families.” Watch the video below or on this page. You can also download the detailed program notes (PDF).


Preview: Commission on the Status of Women


The 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) will take place at the U.N. on March 12–23, 2018. The priority theme is the empowerment of rural women and girls. NCFR's U.N. Representatives, Mihaela Robila and Bahira Sherif Trask, will be in attendance.

Read a statement for CSW62 submitted by the International Federation for Family Development, titled “Tackling Violence and Empowering Rural Women and Girls” (PDF). Additional resources can be found on the CSW62 website.