On 21 July 2020, member states of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), elected by acclamation the Republic of North Macedonia as a member of the UN Commission for Social Development for the 2020-2024 period.
The Commission for Social Development is one of the ten functioning commissions established by ECOSOC. As an advisory body, it is in charge of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals at global level and is the key UN body in charge of follow up and implementation of the Copenhagen Declaration and the Programme of Action. It consists of 46 members elected on the principle of equitable geographical distribution of UN member states.
North Macedonia is among five member states from the Eastern Europe group, which at this moment also includes the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria.
The election is an acknowledgement of the achievements of the Republic of North Macedonia in the past period, which are in line with the Copenhagen commitments, particularly the creation of an economic, political, cultural and legal environment that enables social development of the individual, reduction of poverty and social cohesion, increase of employment, human rights-based social integration, achieving gender equality, as well as development of education and healthcare.
The membership of North Macedonia in this Commission will provide an opportunity for broader international promotion of these accomplishments, as well as a contribution to international efforts for implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.