The Commission for Social Development (CSocD) has been in existence from the very inception of the United Nations, advising the Economic and Social Council and Governments on a wide range of social policy issues and on the social perspective of development. Functioning under a broad mandate, the Commission for Social Development, formerly the Social Commission, has met at various intervals and at different locations during its 50 years of existence, with a membership that has varied in size and geographical composition. It has adapted its agenda and its methods of work periodically to enable it to provide, in changing circumstances, relevant expert advice to the Council, to multilateral funds and programmes supporting operational activities in the social field, and to Governments seeking technical guidance in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of national policy.
The Commission for Social Development (CSocD) is a functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. Since the convening of the World Summit for Social Development in Copenhagen in 1995, the Commission has been the key UN body in charge of the follow-up and implementation of the Copenhagen Declaration and Programme of Action. As a result of the Summit, the mandate of the Commission was reviewed and its membership expanded from 32 to 46 members in 1996. It meets once a year in New York, usually in February.
Each year, the Commission has taken up key social development themes as part of its follow-up to the outcome of the Copenhagen Summit. The Commission's Programme of Work contains all documentation of the Commission for each of its sessions since the Summit.