The Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) provides Advisory Services to Governments, at their request, and regional organizations aimed at developing capacities in areas within the purview of the sub programme, at the national and regional levels, with special emphasis on the needs of the least developed countries, Africa and small island developing States.
Activities comprise the formulation, execution, monitoring and evaluation of specific technical projects. Assistance is also provided to Governments in devising multidisciplinary operational strategies that promote equitable social and economic development. The Division organizes training workshops and seminars and conducts applied research and field studies, disseminated in both hard copy and electronic formats.
The Division’s approach to technical cooperation strengthens social groups’ capacity to achieve well-being through greater inclusion and more active participation in society.
DSPD Technical cooperation provides an interface between global policies and national action, and between research and policy formulation, thereby translating international agreements into strategies at the country level and feeding experiences gained from the country level to the intergovernmental policy development process through internationally-agreed plans and programmes of action, including:
● Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing
● Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
● Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
● International Year of the Family 1994
● World Programme of Action for Youth