¿Why is this community created?
To facilitate dialogue and participatory learning processes, the Social Development Community of Latin America and the Caribbean has implemented a discussion section on various issues related to social development on a regional level. In this section, Member States, as well as civil society, academia, the private sector and other United Nations agencies will be able to participate.
This guide seeks to respond to the frequently asked questions that users may have, to solve doubts and make it easier to participate in the debates with the aim of enriching the dialogue and facilitating the exchange of experiences.
How can I register in the Community?
At the registration section (link) you will be able to complete your application to join the community. In order to do this, you must fill out the online registration form. After sending your application to the community, the administrator committee will evaluate and respond within a maximum of three working days. The community has various groups, and some of them are private. Access to private groups is only through invitations from the managers and it responds to the type of institution that the user represents.
How is a comment or new topic generated?
To propose a new topic, it is necessary to be registered as a community member. Registered representatives of the Member States, NGOs, academia, private sector and other United Nations agencies can propose new topics. Users who log as individuals will be able to view the public topics but won’t be allowed to make comments on them or propose new topics.
The Community has various groups, some of them are public and others private. The possibility of viewing or commenting on topics depends on which group the user belongs to. Thus, if an user does not belong to a private group, he/she will not be able to view or comment on the topics in that group. Public topics will be visible to the whole community.
To propose a new topic:
- You must enter your request in the community form (link). As a general rule, it is requested not to create new topics in conversation threads that already started. Before proposing a new topic, it is recommended that you do a search and if the topic you want to raise is already being discussed, join that discussion.
- When proposing a new topic, you must clearly indicate the title, and which will be its content. It is recommended to be descriptive but concise.
- Once your request has been sent, the community managers will evaluate its relevance and will accordingly answer the request.
Example: it would be better to title a new discussion thread “Good practices in sustainable development”, instead of “Below there is a list of successful practices to achieve sustainable development”.
- 4. It is recommended to be proactive in the way the issues are stated, in order to promote the debate and exchange of ideas.
How is a comment generated?
In order to comment you must be registered as a community member and have the necessary permissions. Public issues can be commented by registered representatives of Member States, NGOs and civil society organizations, academia, the private sector, cooperation agencies and other United Nations agencies. Users registered as individuals will be able to view the topics, but not comment them.
Once registered and with the corresponding privileges, you must enter the topic you wish to comment on and select the comment button. A window will be displayed where you can make your intervention, the system also allows you to upload additional content such as: projects, reports, publications, images, among others (see the User´s Manual of the Social Development Community of Latin America and the Caribbean for details on the types of documents and their characteristics).
It is recommended to supplement the comments with relevant information, for example: links to official information in the public domain; documents released by official entities that support the statement proposed; academic information; or official publications of the United Nations organisms.
It is recommended to be proactive in the way comments are presented in order to encourage debate and the exchange of ideas.
Why was my comment edited or deleted?
All registered users of the Social Development Community of Latin America and the Caribbean have accepted the User´s Manual of this community (link). If your comment infringes any of the rules established there, it will be edited or deleted. Repeated non-compliance by any member of the community, as well as serious misconduct, may lead to the cancellation of the offending user´s registration.