Centre for Socio-Eco-Nomic Development (CSEND)



The Centre for Socio-Eco-Nomic Development (CSEND) is a non-governmental research and development organisation (NGRDO) registered in Geneva since 1993. CSEND is ECOSOC accredited and holds special consultative status. CSEND’s mission is to promote equitable, sustainable and integrated development through multi-stakeholder dialogues, institutional learning and sustainable development.

Areas of Competence

SDGs. CSEND representatives have provided inputs to the UN DESA HLPF process over the last four years as members of UN DESA  Expert Group on the  future directions and network of scientific contributors (2013), on the Agenda-setting for the high-level political forum on sustainable development implementation (2014), as moderator of HLPF session in 2015 and as members of drafting committees preparing chapter on the science-policy interface and on Chapter 6  with special focus on LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS (2015). http://www.csend.org/publications/negotiation-a-diplomacy/item/382-deliberation-on-post-mdg-2015-development-agenda CSEND is also an active member of the Geneva based SDG eco-system in promoting the awareness and consensus on SDG implementation.

OECD-RBC. Representatives of CSEND are members of the academic network of the OECD Guidelines on Responsible Business Conduct of multinational enterprises.  http://www.csend.org/images/articles/files/20160909-CSEND_Policy_Brief_Nr_16_NCP.pdf

PPPs CSEND representatives are members of the UNECE steering group on PPPs (SDG 17). http://www.csend.org/images/articles/files/PPP_Forum_2016-Provisional_Programme.pdf

PCC. CSEND research focuses on policy coherence issues e.g. CBD vs WTO, TRIPS vs WHO, COP21+ vs WTO, FTA vs Labour Rights, and Right to War vs. Respect of Geneva Conventions and IHL. http://www.csend.org/search?q=interministerial

Diplomacy. Diplomacy Dialogue, a branch of CSEND, specialises on dialogue between state and non-state actors and the different forms of conflict resolution approaches through bilateral, plurilateral, multilateral and multi-stakeholder negotiations.  http://www.diplomacydialogue.org/publications.html

Living Wage. CSEND promotes inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all and contributes to the implementation of SDG 8 of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda through conferences and debates.

Cooperatives. C
SEND  co-organised a panel on cooperatives & trade with ILO’s Coop branch during the 2016 Aid-for-Trade conference, made presentation on hybrid housing cooperatives during the 2016 conference on Coops, Lucerne; gave presentation and wrote paper on organisational growth challenges of cooperatives and their potential contribution to developing countries’ development at Italian Management conference in Naples, 2017.

Contacts & Information:

www.csend.org; www.diplomacydialogue.org
Raymond Saner (saner@diplomacydialogue.org)
Lichia Yiu (yiu@csend.org)