ICSW and the United Nations (UN/ONU)

For over half a century the International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW) has represented peak organisations in over seventy countries. Thus tens of thousands of civil society organisations have been represented through ICSW at the UN. As an organisation with UN consultative status, ICSW is involved in global discussions concerning issues of social development, social welfare and social justice.

This involvement is especially with UNESCO, ECOSOC, UN Commission for Social Development and the UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD). ICSW in its monthly newsletter Global Cooperation draws attention to UNRISD publications and research. To visit UNRISD directly go to www.unrisd.org.

Sergei Zelenev

Sergei Zelenev
ICSW Special Representative to the United Nations in New York

Bio: Sergei Zelenev

Sergei Zelenev

Sergei Zelenev (MBA, PhD) is the Special Representative of the International Council on Social Welfare to the UN in New York. Until May 2019 he served as the Executive Director of ICSW.

Before assuming his position at the ICSW in 2012, Dr. Zelenev for almost three decades worked for the United Nations, both at Headquarters in New York and in the field, in Africa (twice) and in the Caribbean. His international career with the UN Secretariat involved a range of assignments, with progressively widening responsibilities, in the analytical and intergovernmental policy fields. He has written widely in the areas of socio-economic policy, ageing, youth and intergenerational relationships and directed numerous UN studies on key policy issues. He also participated in many international events, symposia and conferences, making key-note presentations on social issues of international significance.

Dr. Zelenev is a graduate of MGIMO-University in Moscow and New York University (NYU). He taught courses at Cornell University and NYU in the US, and has been a visiting professor at MGIMO- University since 2013.

Odile Frank

Odile Frank
Special Representative of ICSW at the UN Office in Geneva and the Specialized Agencies in Geneva

Bio: Odile Frank

Odile Frank

Dr Odile Frank has worked on health issues at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Population Council, the World Health Organization, the United Nations (as Chief, Social Integration in the Department for Social Development, DESA), the International Labour Organization (as Senior Research and Policy Adviser & Chief, Research and Policy Analysis Unit in the Global Programme on HIV/AIDS and the World of Work) and most recently at Public Services International (as the Health and Social Services Officer). She holds a Doctorate of Science from Harvard University, where she specialized in the public health, medical and social sciences and Master’s degrees in Population Sciences and in Counselling Psychology. Dr. Frank has authored numerous papers and articles in technical areas of international development.

She was also President, NGO Forum for Health - a consortium of health organizations founded in 1978 and committed to the rights-based design and implementation of global health policy.

This section highlights ICSW submissions to the UN.


2019

ICSW Statement at the 2019 annual meeting of the Social Protection Inter-Agency Cooperation Board (SPIAC-B)

Founded in 1928, the International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW) https://www.icsw.org/ is an international non-governmental organization singularly committed to inclusive social development from the perspectives of social work, social services and social research driven by a range of actors with a shared mission to eliminate poverty and enhance human welfare through advocacy, knowledge-building and technical assistance at national and international levels.

ICSW’s membership unites over 100 national and international organizations as well as country-based organizations in more than 70 countries working in ICSW’s nine regions: Central and West Africa, East and Southern Africa, Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, South East Asia and the Pacific, North East Asia, Europe, North America and the Caribbean, and Latin America. ICSW’s national member organizations together represent tens of thousands of locally-based organizations.

ICSW is a founding voice for the U.N.’s 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda Goal to achieve national social protection systems - based on the universal right to social security - as a major means for poverty eradication. ICSW is a core group member of the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors http://www.socialprotectionfloorscoalition.org/.

As a participant on the SPIAC-B, ICSW is pleased to report continuing work on Social Protection in two areas:

  • 1. advocacy through the national member organizations, with a particular emphasis on universality as a fundamental principle and an essential modality of Social Protection systems; and
  • 2. promotion of any and all opportunities to monitor and evaluate components of Social Protection that are in place, being proposed or developed, to ensure that actions taken can be critically assessed for their benefits and replicability.

As a founding and core group member of the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors, ICSW is pleased to report continuing contributions to:

  • 1. the Global Coalition’s advocacy for Social Protection at global level; and
  • 2. the Global Coalition’s technical assistance to civil society partners with respect to the actions they undertake at national level.

 

Commission for Social Development
The written statement delivered by the ICSW at the 57th Session of the Commission for Social Development. The ICSW statement can be accessed in all languages of the UN. All other statements and links could be found on the Commission for Social Development Session 2019 page

2018

Commission for Social Development
The written statement delivered by the ICSW at the 56th Session of the Commission for Social Development. The ICSW statement can be accessed in all languages of the UN. All other statements and links could be found on the Commission for Social Development Session 2018 page

2017

Commission for Social Development
The written statement delivered by the ICSW at the 55th Session of the Commission for Social Development. The ICSW statement can be accessed in all languages of the UN. All other statements and links could be found on the Commission for Social Development Session 2017 page

2016

Commission for Social Development
The written statement delivered by the ICSW at the 54th Session of the Commission for Social Development. The ICSW statement can be accessed in all languages of the UN. All other statements and links could be found on the Commission for Social Development Session 2016 page

2015

Commission for Social Development
The written statement delivered by the ICSW at the 53rd Session of the Commission for Social Development. The ICSW statement can be accessed in all languages of the UN. All other statements and links could be found on the Commission for Social Development Session 2015 page


2014

Commission for Social Development
The written statement delivered by the ICSW at the 52nd Session of the Commission for Social Development. The ICSW statement can be accessed in all languages of the UN. All other statements and links could be found on the Commission for Social Development Session 2014 page


2013

Statement at the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing
A statement by ICSW delivered by the Executive Director - Sergei Zelenev, at the fourth working session on the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing, New York, 12-15 August 2013.

Statement at the NGO Forum
Statement by Mr. Michael Cichon, ICSW President, on "Social Protection and Empowerment: The Role of Civil Society" at the NGO Forum in New York on February 5th 2013.

ICSW at the 51st Session of the Commission for Social Development
New York, 6-15 February 2013

The written statement delivered by the ICSW at the 51st Session of the Commission for Social Development. The ICSW statement can be accessed in all languages of the UN. All other statements and links could be found on the Commission for Social Development Session 2013 page.

Statement by Sergei Zelenev, ICSW Executive Director, at the 51st session of the Commission for Social Development on February 12th 2013.


2012

Statement to the UN - working group on ageing
A statement made on behalf of ICSW at the Third session of the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing at the UN Headquarters. ICSW participation in the relevant activities of the United Nations provides an opportunity to get our views presented before international community at large, making our collective voice heard.

International Labour Organisation (ILO)
30 civil society organisations including ICSW have prepared a statement wholeheartedly support the International Labour Organisation's intention to adopt the recommendation on national social protection floors at the 101st session of the International Labour Conference in June 2012. Read the statement in French, English and Spanish below.

Commission for Social Development
2012 ICSW presented in February its statement to the UN Commission for Social Development. The statement focussed on poverty eradication. The Commission examines a subject over two years. 2012 was the second year for poverty eradication. The statement can be found in all UN languages at:
http://social.un.org/index/CommissionforSocialDevelopment/Sessions/2012/NGOsStatements.aspx


2011

2011 ICSW presented in February its statement to the UN Commission for Social Development. The statement focussed on poverty eradication. The Commission examines a subject over two years. 2011 was the first year for poverty eradication. The statement can be found in all UN languages at:
http://social.un.org/index/CommissionforSocialDevelopment/Sessions/2011/NGOsStatements.aspx


2010

On UN Social Work Day held on 28th March Helen Clark of the United Nations Development Programme called on social workers to speak up and get involved with the UN agendas and to challenge inequality and injustice.

ICSW presented in February its statement to the UN Commission for Social Development. The statement focussed on the impact of the global financial crisis on social integration. The statement can be found in all UN languages at www.un.org


2009

ICSW has prepared a statement on social integration for the UN Commission for Social Development that meets in February 2009. There are two documents - a complete statement and a shorter one that meets the UN maximum word limit of 2000 words.

A new deal for people in a global crisis - social security for all
Social Security for All. During the 2009 47th Session of the Commission for Social Development an excellent workshop in social security was held. The speakers from UN, ILO and UNICEF presented well researched arguments for a basic social floor of social security benefits. ICSW supports the adoption by all countries of a global social floor.


2008

The UN has made many commitments to full employment and decent work. In 1995 117 world leaders signed the Copenhagen Declaration. It is time to remind member governments of the UN of their adherence to their own commitments.


2007

ICSW's statement to the UN on promoting full employment and decent work for all arises from the fact that global unemployment is rising. This is despite the impressive growth in global gross domestic product (GDP). Economic growth is not translating into new jobs. ICSW draws attention to the poor conditions of work for many employed people.


2006

The ICSW statement is a review of the first UN Decade for the Eradication of Poverty 1997-2006. The findings show that, despite a decade of poverty eradication, there remains a large gap between the commitments, goals and targets for the Decade and the outcomes of current trends on income and human poverty.


2005

ICSW's statement focuses on the World Summit for Social Development (WSSD) that concentrated on four core issues - poverty alleviation, unemployment, social exclusion and an enabling environment for social development.