[Dateline: New York | Author: DESA}
This year marks the first observance of the World Day of Social Justice, established by the General Assembly in 2007.
The official launch of the Day, organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) in cooperation with the International Labour Organization (ILO), will take place in conjunction with the 47th session of the Commission for Social Development, on 10 February 2009, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Conference Room 4 at Headquarters.
The inter-active panel discussion will focus on the three core areas of social development as identified by the World Summit for Social Development, namely poverty eradication, full employment and social integration.
The event will be opened by H.E. Mr. Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, President of the 63rd session of the General Assembly and will be moderated by Ms. Rachel Mayanja, Assistant Secretary-General in DESA. The panelists include: Mary Robinson – Founder and President of Realizing Rights and Member of The Elders, Former President of Ireland and High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002); Renana Jhabvala – Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) and Lucas Benitez – Co-Director, Coalition of Immokalee Workers.
To mark the Day on 20 February, the ILO, in collaboration with the Department of Public Information (DPI) and the Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS) will hold a panel discussion, "Realising Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative" from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. in the Economic and Social Council Chamber.