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Commission for social development

Since the convening of the World Summit for Social Development (WSSD) in Copenhagen in 1995, the Commission for Social Development (CSocD) has been the main UN body for the implementation of the Copenhagen Declaration and Programme of Action (A/CONF.166/9).

The Commission consists of 46 members elected by ECOSOC.

More on the Commission

The individual documents from the Commission for Social Development carry the following symbols:

E/ Economic and Social Council

-/CN.5 Commission no 5 = Commission on social Development


-/sequential number

Ex. E/CN.5/2004/7 Economic and Social Council, Commission for Social Development, 2004, document no 7

UN documents and publications in catalogues and databases

  • United Nations Digital Library. UN official documents and open access publications, UN maps, UN voting data and speeches.
  • UN iLibrary. UN publications online covering different topics.
  • ODS. UN documents published from 1993 onward and scanned documents published between 1946 and 1993 in the official languages of the UN.
  • Daily list of documents (ODS). Documents published for the day, with full text links, can be found in the United Nations full text database ODS.
  • UNBIS Thesaurus is a multilingual database of the controlled vocabulary used to describe UN documents.
  • Index to proceedings is an annual bibliographic guide to the proceedings and documentation of the major UN organs. The index includes:
    • a list of all documents
    • a comprehensive subject index
    • an index to speeches
    • a voting chart of resolutions


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