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Older persons have the right to health and need to be counted

14. Dezember 2018 - 17:41

Health is an essential human right that evolves throughout the life cycle. Providing affordable, quality and accessible health services can safeguard the basic and essential needs of people at the margins, such as older persons.

In celebration of the International Universal Health Coverage Day, 12 December, 2018, HelpAge International and AARP International launched the Global AgeWatch Insights Report: The Right to Health for Older People, The Right to be Counted as a joint initiative.

Mr. Serge Kapto, Policy Specialist on Data for Development at UNDP, and Ms. Aimee Carter, Vice President of AARP International, welcomed the report’s inclusive, rights- and equity-based approach to assessing the social determinants and structural barriers to older persons’ health.

In his keynote speech, H.E. Rubén Armando Escalante Hasbún, Permanent Representative of the El Salvador Mission to the UN, emphasized the need to map out where political accountability for health care is located, while reaffirming his commitment to address the right to health for older persons at the UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage next September, 2019.

Panelists unequivocally underscored that the current norms, practices and data systems fail to capture the diversity of older persons and the unique and complex challenges to healthy ageing. Such protection gap is more pronounced and particularly detrimental for older persons at the intersections of marginalization, who wrestle with both biological changes and the lasting impact of accumulated stigmatization and discrimination.

Sharing the findings of the report, Ms. Patricia Conboy, Head of Global Ageing, Advocacy and Campaigning at HelpAge International, remarked that “growing old is not a new human experience, but the way people are ageing is, and older persons today are at the frontlines of this shift.” She stressed that the global health community needs to push for policy and attitudinal shifts toward gender- and age-sensitive health services and keep pace with the transitions in demographic, epidemiological and health systems.

Echoing the calls for integrated and holistic services to meet the diverse health and social care needs of older persons, Mr. Werner Obermeyer, Deputy Executive Director of the WHO, proposed providing capacity and functionability-related services, such as restorative surgery, assistive devices, functional supplements, and long-term care, and cited Japan, Burkina Faso and Rwanda as examples of countries that have expanded health coverage.

The Chief of Population and Family Planning Section at UN DESA, Ms. Karoline Schmid, presented the outcomes of the 2015-2018 Multi-Indicator Survey on Ageing (MISA) project in Sub-Saharan Africa and argued that disaggregated and systemic data will serve as an empirical evidence and knowledge base and help account for socioeconomic, cultural and gender variances of older persons.

As the Advocacy Coordinator in the District Council of Sages in Bogota, Colombia, Ms. Conchita Ramírez cautioned that coverage does not automatically lead to access and called attention to the chronic shortage of health professionals trained in geriatrics, despite the high coverage of the General System of Social Security in Health, which reached 90.5% in 2017. She pressed for in-depth analytical studies on older persons as well as for building platforms to allow for their active and dignified participation.

Older persons’s right to health will be discussed at the 10th Working Session of the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing, hosted by UN DESA from 15 to 18 April, 2019.

Learn more about the Universal health coverage (UHC) and UN DESA’s work on Ageing.

Source: UNSDN

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Accessible Europe: ICT for ALL

12. Dezember 2018 - 16:41

The ITU-EC Forum for Europe on “Accessible Europe: ICT for ALL” will take place in Vienna, Austria, from 12 to 14 December 2018. This regional event for Europe is being jointly organized by the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and European Commission (EC), and hosted by United Nations Vienna.

Accessible Europe is held within the framework of the implementation of the Regional Initiative for Europe on Accessibility, affordability and skills development for all to ensure digital inclusion and sustainable development adopted by the World Telecommunication Development Conference 2017 and aiming at bridging the digital divide and equip all groups of society, including persons with disabilities and specific needs, to take advantage of ICT, by enabling capacity building in digital skills.

In the context of the above this Forum will focus on further promoting  the development of accessibility in countries and institutions, through the effort and cooperation of stakeholders and sharing successful outcomes of projects and initiatives already implemented, in order to interchange resources and solutions and make Europe region a more inclusive society. Telecommunications and the Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have vital importance for people’s empowerment and in promoting accessibility policies. The event will highlight the relevance of joining efforts to remove barriers and enable human development and social inclusion of persons with disabilities and special needs and other groups of people with specific needs, either through cooperation, programs and projects development, and generate partnerships, and training.

In line with this, the ITU and EC have joined efforts to encourage Governments, industry, Academia and other stakeholders to promote ICT accessibility in order to create fair and equal opportunities for all people and support a regional development agenda by treating ICT accessibility for people with specific needs and in particular persons with disabilities, as a cross‐cutting development issue.

The organizers of the event are planning an effective integration of the participants in the activities of the programme.

Learn more about the ITU-EC Forum for Europe on “Accessible Europe: ICT for ALL”.

Source: ITU

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Making Migration Work for All

11. Dezember 2018 - 16:08

Migration is an expanding multidimensional reality of major relevance for the sustainable development of countries of origin, transit and destination, which requires coherent and comprehensive responses. To reaffirm the shared responsibility of the international community to respect, protect and fulfill the human rights of all migrants, the United Nations will convene an Intergovernmental Conference to adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) in Marrakesh, Morocco on 10-11 December, 2018.

The GCM is a product of 18 months of discussions and consultation and the first inter-governmentally negotiated agreement on international migration developed under the auspices of the UN. Pursuant to the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants adopted unanimously by the UN General Assembly in 2016, it is a non-binding cooperative framework that aims to address the root causes of migration and its consequences on social development.

The GCM recognizes migration as “a source of prosperity, innovation and sustainable development” and calls on Member States and stakeholders to unite in a concerted effort to take on the challenges and opportunities of migration in all its dimensions, taking into account different national realities, capacities and priorities. It puts forward 23 objectives for strengthening the governance of international migration, including the following:

  • Minimize the adverse drivers and structural factors that compel people to leave their country of origin;
  • Address and reduce vulnerabilities in migration;
  • Provide access to basic services for migrants;
  • Empower migrants and societies to realize full inclusion and social cohesion;
  • Eliminate all forms of discrimination and promote evidence-based public discourse to shape perceptions of migration.

Other objectives include devising evidence-based policies, establishing migrant-inclusive social security mechanisms and offering safe and easy access to information in a gender- and disability-responsive as well as child-sensitive manner, and aims to chart sustainable pathways for individual migrants in crisis, regardless of their migration status. These initiatives will help protect vulnerable and marginalized groups, such as women, who make up 48% of all migrants around the world and face more restrictive labor policies and employment customs than men.

SG and SRSG hold a stakeout after the official opening of the Global Compact for Migration in Marrakech, Morocco Dec 10, 2018

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Source: UNSDN

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International Seminar on Overcoming Poverty in a Sustainable Way

11. Dezember 2018 - 15:33

The Ministry of Social Development of the Federative Republic of Brazil is broadcasting live the international seminar: “Overcoming Poverty in a Sustainable Way: The Second Generation of Social Policies“, occurring in Brasilia, on December 11 and 12, 2018. Organized by the Brazilian government, the event should reach a public of Brazilian and foreign guests, including policy makers, researchers and representatives of various sectors involved in the development and implementation of social policies aimed at overcoming poverty through programs of human development and productive inclusion.The main objective of the Seminar is to present the second generation of social policies – Programa Criança Feliz and Plano Progredir -, as well as to provide the public with the possibility of better understanding the strategies adopted by other countries in development, with the support of international organizations and the private sector. It is expected that this exchange of experiences will contribute to strengthening the capacity of countries to develop, implement and evaluate social policies aimed at overcoming the condition of extreme poverty, reducing income inequalities, increasing social mobility and promoting human development.

For more information on Criança Feliz Program, please visit: http://www.mds.gov.br/criancafeliz

For more information on Progredir Plan, please visit: http://www.mds.gov.br/progredir

To access the live broadcast of the event, please go to: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoIynWfEJb3sLmlFc-YmpJQ?view_as=subscriber

Source: Secretaria de Inclusão Social e Produtiva, Ministério do Desenvolvimento Social, Brazil

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Breaking the STEM Ceiling for Girls in Science

10. Dezember 2018 - 17:45

Women are underrepresented and unsupported in their journey in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or S.T.E.M. To help girls and young women realize their fullest talent and creativity in science, we need to break the S.T.E.M. ceiling.

With aims to address these barriers, the ‘Girls in Science 4 SDGs International Platform’ was officially launched at the UN Headquarters on 6 December 2018. Precipitated by the 2018 International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the platform was announced by HRH Dr. Nisreen El-Hashemite, Executive Director of the Royal Academy of Science International Trust, in a high-level panel chaired by the Permanent Representative of the Portugal Mission to the United Nations, H.E. Ambassador Francisco António Duarte Lopes.

The platform takes entries in six categories, education, science, technology and innovation, sustainable development goals, e-discussion, shining stars and UN observances, and was designed to:

  • Bring the UN closer to the girls in science and strengthen their sense of ownership and support for the UN;
  • Give every girl in science the opportunity to share her opinions about how to achieve the SDGs;
  • Encourage critical thinking from a younger age; and
  • Widen the horizons of science and opportunities in the eyes of girls.

In her opening remarks, the President of the 73rd Session of the General Assembly Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés emphasized the need “to use every tool in our disposal” to acknowledge the biased narratives in women’s contribution in science, to equalize access to education and opportunities in the market, and to introduce inspiring role models for girls.

Ms. Daniela Bas, Director of the Division for Inclusive Social Development at UN DESA, highlighted that leaving no one behind means leaving no one without access to technology and underscored education’s nexus to inclusive development. Ms. Bas invited girls and young women to include more women from diverse backgrounds to their platform as well as to work towards creating innovative and accessible technologies for marginalized groups.

Speakers representing the UN DPI, UN DESA, ITU, UNCTAD and the Permanent Mission of Hungary to the UN pointed that exclusion of S.T.E.M.-related industries translated to an exclusion from a high paying and growing market, and stressed the need to bridge the larger digital divide. The panel reaffirmed their commitment to gender parity, inclusion, and innovations in science for achieving the SDGs.

For more information, visit the Girls in Science 4 SDGs International Platform.
Learn more about the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

Source: UNSDN

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Stand up for equality, justice and human dignity

10. Dezember 2018 - 15:35

The 2018 Human Rights Day on 10 December marks the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Comprised of 30 articles that establish and recognize equal and inalienable rights, the UDHR permeated some 90 national Constitutions, 18 treaties and optional protocols advancing human rights since the proclamation in 1948.

As a cornerstone of international human rights law, it set precepts for safeguarding basic and fundamental rights of all people, “without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status,” which may include age, disabilities and cultural origins.

This year’s Human Rights Day pays tribute to the female delegates who contributed to drafting the Declaration, such as Ms. Hansa Metha of India, who pushed to replace the word “men” with “human beings” in the phrase “All human beings are born free and equal” in Article 1 of the UDHR. Another delegate, Ms. Minerva Bernadino from the Dominican Republic, was instrumental in molding the Declaration in its current form, such as including the phrase “the equality of men and women” in the Preamble of the UDHR.

Alongside a panel discussion on the relevance of the UDHR in its 70th anniversary, an award ceremony of the UN Prize in the Field of Human Rights will be held on 18 December, 2018, to honor four winners:

  • Rebecca Gyumi, activist for the rights of women and girls
  • Asma Jahangir (posthumously), human rights lawyer
  • Joênia Wapichana (Joênia Batista de Carvalho), activist for the rights of indigenous communities
  • Front Line Defenders, organization advocating and working for the protection of human rights defenders

The values of inclusivity enshrined in the UDHR are aligned with the 57th Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD57) on “Addressing Inequalities and Challenges to Social Inclusion through Fiscal, Wage and Social Protection Policies.” The Commission, scheduled in February next year, to identify and remove barriers to social inclusion that curtails the enjoyment of human rights.

The UDHR is recorded as the most translated milestone document in the world, currently available in more than 500 languages, including 4 sign languages.

Watch a slideshow about the women who shaped the Declaration.

Learn more about the CSocD57.

Source: UNSDN

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Social Protection Policies in Conflict and Conflict-Affected Arab States

7. Dezember 2018 - 21:46

Within the context of the United Nations and League of Arab States (LAS) cooperation and UNESCO’s MOST (Management of Social Transformations) Programme, the MOST Forum of Arab Social and Health Ministers on “Multi-Dimensional Social Protection Policies in Conflict and Conflict-Affected Arab States” was co-organized by the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science in the Arab States and LAS (Social Sector) in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, on 4 December 2018. The Forum took place in conjuncture with the joint meeting of the Councils of Arab Social and Health Ministers.

Held under the auspices of H.E. Dr. Eng. Mostafa Madbouly, the Prime Minister of the Arab Republic of Egypt, the Forum concluded with the adoption of a Ministerial Declaration of Arab Social and Health Ministers.

The Ministers agreed

  • to enhance national life-cycle social protection policies to achieve more sustainable and better coordination;
  • to enhance institutional capacity and evidence-based policies through several initiatives such as to collect disaggregated data and empirical evidence periodically, based on gender, age, disability, geographic location and relevant socio-economic conditions.
  • to consider the organization of further editions of the MOST Ministerial Forums, the establishment of MOST schools and committees, among other initiatives.

It was also agreed to present the outcome of the Forum to the 57th session of the United Nations Commission for Social Development, to be held in New York from 11 to 21 February 2019. The priority theme will be “Addressing inequalities and challenges to social inclusion through fiscal, wage and social protection policies”, thus contributing to South-South and South-North learning and international evidence-based policy making.

The Forum benefitted from exchanges among Ministers and other high level representatives, researchers, and the UN system including UNDESA, WHO, UNICEF and ESCWA.  A number of NGOs also participated in the meeting.

The Forum was opened by H.E. Brigadier Khaled Fouda, Governor of South-Sinai, H.E. Dr. Hind Al-Sabeeh, Minister of Social Affairs and Labour, State of Kuwait, and Chairman of the 37th session of the Council of Arab Ministers of Social Affairs, H.E. Dr Ghazi Manwar Al-Zubin, Minister of Health, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and Chairman of the 49th session of the Council of Arab Ministers of Health, H.E. Dr Ghada Waly, Minister of Social Solidarity, Arab Republic of Egypt, and Chairman of the Executive Bureau of the Council of Arab Minister of Social Affairs and H.E. Ambassador Haifa Abu Ghazaleh, Assistant Secretary-General, and Head of the Social Affairs Sector, League of Arab States. They stressed the importance of investing in social protection to achieve social development, and drew the attention to the challenges with interruptions in service delivery due to financial constraints and infrastructure deficit as a consequence of the conflicts and also an increase in refugees and internally displaced people who need social protection such as jobs, health services, and access to education.

Minister Waly commended UNESCO for its support to co-organize the Forum and stressed, as many other speakers, the importance of policies supported by evidence and thus the value of the MOST Ministerial Forums.

The Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for Science in the Arab States, based in Cairo, Dr Ghaith Fariz, highlighted in his statement that the conflicts in the region have tested social protection programs in the region and that Arab countries have to seize the opportunity to review existing policies for better coverage, efficiency and effectiveness. He noted that the Ministerial Forum is a multi-stakeholder platform that can contribute to evidence-based policies, as one of several mechanisms of the MOST Programme, and that UNESCO and MOST are ready to support Member States, especially within the social pillar of Agenda 2030.

Source: UNESCO

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First-ever UN report on disability and development, illustrates inclusion gaps

7. Dezember 2018 - 21:38

The United Nations launched its first-ever flagship report on disability and development on Monday; published by, for, and with, persons with disabilities, in the hopes of fostering more accessible, and disability-inclusive societies.

The UN Flagship Report on Disability and Development 2018coincides with the annual International Day, marked on 3 December, which the UN chief described as important for “the social, economic and political inclusion of all, including people with disabilities,” as promoted in the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs.

Secretary-General António Guterres said the report “shows that people with disabilities are at a disadvantage” regarding most SDGs, “but also highlights the growing number of good practices that can create a more inclusive society in which they can live independently.”’

“In many societies, persons with disabilities often end up disconnected, living in isolation and facing discrimination,” he said, highlighting that more than one billion people in the world live with some form of disability.

The report demonstrates how disability-based discrimination has severe effects on transport, cultural life, and access to public places and services, and thus, the report leads with a push to change urban environments to make them more accessible.

The above challenges often go unseen as a result of insufficient questions relevant to disability, and consequently, an underestimation of the number of persons living with disabilities and affected by discrimination, and other barriers.

In 2006, the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol, geared toward protection of the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities, which requires associated parties to promote and protect their human rights.

Javier Vasquez, who helps head up the health division at Special Olympics International in his role as Vice President, stressed the connection between human rights and health when it comes to people living with disabilities.

“When people with intellectual disabilities can enjoy full access to human rights, this reflects in the form of genuine mental and physical health,” he said in an interview with UN News.

Further, he echoed the issue of gaps in inclusion and representation, and how this impacts our understanding of disabilities and these persons’ livelihoods.

On average, persons with disabilities die 16 years sooner than those living without disabilities, however: “A lot of people think people with intellectual disabilities die earlier because of their disabilities, and this is not true,” Mr. Vasquez verified.

“The problem is that these illnesses, in the context of people with disabilities, are undiagnosed or undetected, and they go through life without treatment. They are excluded many times because of stigma and discrimination.”

Mr. Vasquez called for more extensive and comprehensive research on the challenges and achievements of persons with disabilities, in support of a wider movement for equal access to rights in politics, education, and health.

“You don’t find data in the national health information systems…so we are sharing our data to make these people visible.”

Commemorating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Mr. Guterres asserted the United Nations’ pledge to fulfill the human rights of all persons.

“Let us reaffirm our commitment to work together for a better world that is inclusive, equitable and sustainable for everyone, where the rights of people with disabilities are fully realized.”

Source: UN News

 

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Accessible Europe: ICT for ALL

4. Dezember 2018 - 23:32

The ITU-EC Forum for Europe on “Accessible Europe: ICT for ALL” will take place in Vienna, Austria, from 12 to 14 December 2018. This regional event for Europe is being jointly organized by the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and European Commission (EC), and hosted by United Nations Vienna.

Accessible Europe is held within the framework of the implementation of the Regional Initiative for Europe on Accessibility, affordability and skills development for all to ensure digital inclusion and sustainable development adopted by the World Telecommunication Development Conference 2017 and aiming at bridging the digital divide and equip all groups of society, including persons with disabilities and specific needs, to take advantage of ICT, by enabling capacity building in digital skills.

In the context of the above this Forum will focus on further promoting the development of accessibility in countries and institutions, through the effort and cooperation of stakeholders and sharing successful outcomes of projects and initiatives already implemented, in order to interchange resources and solutions and make Europe region a more inclusive society. Telecommunications and the Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have vital importance for people’s empowerment and in promoting accessibility policies. The event will highlight the relevance of joining efforts to remove barriers and enable human development and social inclusion of persons with disabilities and special needs and other groups of people with specific needs, either through cooperation, programs and projects development, and generate partnerships, and training.

In line with this, the ITU and EC have joined efforts to encourage Governments, industry, Academia and other stakeholders to promote ICT accessibility in order to create fair and equal opportunities for all people and support a regional development agenda by treating ICT accessibility for people with specific needs and in particular persons with disabilities, as a cross‐cutting development issue.

The organizers of the event are planning an effective integration of the participants in the activities of the programme.

SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY for the Regional Competition for Europe : Innovative Digital Solutions for an Accessible Europe– Deadline is 29 November 2018

REQUEST YOUR BOOTH IN THE EXHIBITION SPACE – Deadline is 29 November 2018 [Submissions closed]

 

Source: ITU

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Cooperative Newsletter, December 2018

29. November 2018 - 20:13
Capacity-building for Cooperatives to Deliver Sustainable Development

The Division for Inclusive Social Development at the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs organized two workshops in recent months for capacity building of cooperatives in their valuable work that is contributing to sustainable development.

One workshop took place in Nairobi, Kenya from 7 – 9 August, attended by cooperators from Africa and Asia. The second workshop took place in Brasilia, Brazil from 27 – 29 August, for Latin American countries and Cape Verde.

The workshops provided a forum for the exchange of experiences and substantive knowledge on cooperatives in several countries from Africa, Asia and Latin America. The cooperators heard country examples of how laws are being modernized to cater for the unique role that cooperatives play in society. There were also detailed presentations from the United Nations on the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental – and how cooperatives are contributing to each of those areas.

The aim was to strengthen the capacity of participants to implement and review policies on cooperatives, to provide tools for leveraging the cooperative model as a viable means of sustainable living, and to provide model strategies for engaging cooperatives in addressing various social, economic and environment challenges, within the framework of the 2030 Agenda. More details on the workshops can be found at social.un.org/cooperatives.

Statistics on Cooperatives

Following a global review on how statistics on cooperatives are prepared around the world, it became clear that there was a strong need to improve the quality, accessibility and comparability of statistics on cooperatives around the world. Therefore, the Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives (COPAC) took on the task of developing guidelines and a conceptual framework for the collection of data. The guidelines have been finalized and was adopted by the International Conference of Labour Statisticians in October this year.

The guidelines will help national statistical offices collect adequate information that can be used for descriptive, analytical and policy purposes that are comparable internationally. It will now be possible to disaggregate cooperatives in four main categories: producer cooperatives; worker cooperatives; consumer cooperatives and multi-stakeholder cooperatives. The guidelines also make it possible to assess the contributions of social groups such as the youth, older persons, persons with disabilities and indigenous peoples to the work of cooperatives.

These guidelines are now going to be piloted by several National Statistical Offices and the recommendation is for comprehensive data to be published at least on a five-year interval. The data will certainly boost the promotion and advancement of cooperatives. For a detailed description kindly consult the guidelines. The full guidelines are available at social.un.org/cooperatives.

Transforming Our World: COPAC Briefs on Cooperatives and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives (COPAC) has begun publishing a series of briefs on the role of cooperatives in delivering the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. Through a series of 17 briefs, one for each Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), COPAC will raise awareness about the significant contributions of cooperative enterprises towards achieving the 2030 Agenda in a sustainable, inclusive and responsible way, and encourage continued support for their efforts. The briefs can be downloaded through the COPAC website: http://www.copac.coop/

Cooperatives exhibition being organized at the United Nations

The United Nations Division for Inclusive Social Development is organising an exhibition for cooperatives from 18 – 21 February next year to coincide with the annual session of the Commission for Social Development.

The exhibition will provide an opportunity for direct interaction between Member States and participating cooperatives on the progress and contribution to SDGs being made by cooperatives around the world. It will give highlight to the cooperative model of doing business. It is also an occasion for cooperatives to share best practices and an opportunity for outreach to the many participants at the Commission for Social Development.

Cooperatives operate in all sectors of the economy, including production, retail, marketing, financing right through to consumer cooperatives. They often operate in places where markets are absent, providing employment to tens of millions of people. They are prominent in both developing and developed countries and still have a huge potential for growth. The exhibition will seek to reflect this diversity.

The exhibition will raise awareness of the cooperative model within the United Nations community and with the hundreds of participants attending the Commission for Social Development.

More information is available at: social.un.org/cooperatives

Measuring the Scale and Impact of Social and Solidarity Economy

The United Nations Research institute on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNRISD) has published an Issues Brief on measuring the impact of social and solidarity economy. The scale and impact need to be measured for it to be scaled up and fulfil its potential as an alternative approach that can generate more equitable, inclusive and sustainable development outcomes.

However, measuring the scale and impact is a challenge and requires a joint effort from academics, researchers, civil society, SSE actors, and policy makers. The challenges are similar to that for measuring the impact of cooperatives, which is the most common organisational form adopted by social and solidarity economy organisations. When improving existing measurement tools and methods, the following factors need to be considered:

• Data on the scale and impact of SSE need to be aligned with systems of national accounts without compromising capacity to reflect SSE’s heterogeneity.

• National definitions, legislation and SSE policy frameworks should be as broad as possible to ensure that they capture the heterogeneity of SSE.

• Measures and indicators need to identify, qualify and classify SSE organizations and their diverse activities.

• The context within which SSE is embedded needs to be taken into consideration in impact assessments.

• Impact measurements should cover the macro-, meso- and micro- levels of impact assessment.

• Triangulation, and mixed approaches entailing both qualitative and quantitative methods, are desirable given the heterogeneity of SSE.

• SSE organizations and actors need to be provided with resources and training to strengthen their capacity to conduct impact assessments. In the process of envisaging new

The policy brief is available at the following link:

http://www.unrisd.org/80256B3C005BCCF9/httpNetITFramePDF?ReadForm&parentunid=B35B595F32BF48C6C12582F900363EC4&parentdoctype=brief&netitpath=80256B3C005BCCF9/(httpAuxPages)/B35B595F32BF48C6C12582F900363EC4/$file/IB9%20-%20Measurement-SSE.pdf

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Good treatment of boys, girls and adolescents with disabilities

19. November 2018 - 23:37

Countries in Asia-Pacific have committed to accelerate efforts to promote the rights of, and eliminate violence against, children and adolescents with disabilities.

The pledge came as part of the regional launch of the Global Campaign for the ‘Good Treatment of Girls, Boys and Adolescents with Disabilities in the World’ held in Bangkok on 25 September.

Jointly organized by the Special Envoy to the UN Secretary General on Disability and Accessibility Ms. María Soledad Cisternas Reyes, and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the launch brought together policymakers, advocates and persons with disabilities to introduce 10 principles for protection, well-being and development for children and adolescents with disabilities, who are at greater risk of experiencing violence.

Children with disabilities are up to four times more at risk of experiencing violence than their peers without disabilities, and in Asia-Pacific, around half of all children with disabilities do not transition from primary to secondary education. As a result, persons with disabilities are up to six times less likely to be employed.

In his opening remarks, Mr. Kaveh Zahedi, Deputy Executive Secretary of ESCAP highlighted that the launch provided a timely opportunity to advance regional efforts to enhance the rights for all persons with disabilities.

“This Campaign is a critical part of our efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to do so in a way that is leaving no one behind,” said Mr. Zahedi. “In Asia and the Pacific an estimated 690 million persons live with one or more forms of disability. Children and adolescents with disabilities are more vulnerable to degrading treatment and more at risk of experiencing violence. Leaving no one behind means addressing their vulnerabilities. And we must act now.”

Special Envoy to the UN Secretary General on Disability and Accessibility Ms. María Soledad Cisternas Reyes added, “Girls, boys and adolescents with disabilities should always be well treated, like other children and adolescents, protecting them from all forms of violence and abuse. Good treatment will produce positive effects on their physical, mental and social development.”

Policymakers gathered at the launch discussed the challenges faced by children and adolescents with disabilities, and shared national experiences and good practices on advancing their rights in the region.

The event was held with the support of the Royal Thai Government, the Embassy of the Republic of Chile to the Kingdom of Thailand, the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence Against Children, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), UNICEF, UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and UN Women.

For more information visit: bit.ly/APDisability_campaign

For media inquiries, please contact:

Ms. Katie Elles, Public Information Officer, Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section, ESCAP, M: (66) 9481 525 36 / E: elles@un.org

 

 

Source: UNESCAP

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Marginalized voices must be ‘included and amplified’ in digital technology space

13. November 2018 - 17:37

New thinking is needed to better address deep gender gaps in access to digital technologies, seek out networks of the increasingly active elderly population, and support young people facing a rapidly transforming labour market, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told delegates on Monday, at the 2018 Internet Governance Forum (IGF), hosted in Paris by the UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Mr. Guterres told the assembled delegates that he wants the Panel, and the IGF, to inspire new language on digital cooperation, weaving stories into a global narrative, and to included and amplify the weak and the missing voices: “I urge your digital discussions to move beyond the so-called ‘usual suspects’. Digital growth affects everyone, and traditionally unheard and marginalized voices should be more visibly involved in the IGF’s work. Get stories from people with disabilities, who are among the most creative users of digital technology.”

Today, more than half the world’s population does not have meaningful access to the internet, and Mr. Guterres called for the IGF to reach out to governments, especially in developing countries, and listen to their ideas for making the Forum more productive for their needs.

Discussions surrounding digital technology and society are still too siloed, he added, and should be widened to include more disciplines: “When you discuss data and artificial intelligence, you might want to invite philosophers to consider ethics. You might want to bring in anthropologists and other specialists who are not typically included in technology gatherings. When you discuss social media, you need to include political and social scientists.”

The Secretary-General insisted that the discussion on internet governance must involve a wide range of expertise, and to lead to policy that is developed in a multilateral spirit in cooperation with governments, private sector, research centres and civil society, concluding that “When it comes to governance, we must be as creative and bold as those who first built the Internet.”

Referencing the UN High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, which he launched in July, Mr. Guterres noted that – at a time when cooperation amongst actors in the digital space has not kept pace with new technologies – the Panel is working closely with the IGF to improve digital cooperation.

Mr. Guterres’s comments were made during his keynote speech on the first day of the Forum, which runs from 12 to 14 November: he was joined on stage by French President Emmanuel Macron and Audrey Azouley, Director-General of UNESCO.

The IGF, convened annually by the Secretary-General and supported by UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), brings together over 3,000 participants, including high-level government officials, civil society leaders, private sector and internet policy experts, to discuss international cooperation around issues such as fake news, the spread of disinformation, cybersecurity and privacy, big data, the Internet of Things, and their effects on society.

 

Source: UN News

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Harnessing New Technologies for Broader Prosperity

12. November 2018 - 23:20

More than 3,000 participants — including high-level Government officials, civil society leaders, private sector and Internet policy experts — will gather in Paris, France, from 12-14 November to discuss international cooperation on such issues as “fake news”, the spread of disinformation, cybersecurity and privacy, big data, the Internet of Things, and their effects on society.

Having taken on a higher profile as digital technology has become an integral part of daily life, the Forum will explore means by which to promote positive impacts of new technologies and how they can realize their full social and economic potential while also looking at curbing the more insidious uses of the Internet.

Convened by the United Nations Secretary-General, the Forum facilitates such dialogues to promote better Internet governance and a safe and trustworthy environment. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and President Emmanuel Macron of France will address the Forum, in addition to representatives of intergovernmental organizations, Governments, the private sector, the technical community and civil society, who will exchange ideas on a range of actions that can be taken to ensure an “Internet of Trust”.

With almost half the world’s population connected to the Internet, including the world’s poorest countries — striving to keep on track in their pursuit of universal and affordable access to the Internet by 2020 — access to information has never been easier. Faster, more affordable Internet and mobile technology have opened up a world of opportunities that in turn present a host of global challenges. Hate speech, polarization, terrorist recruitment, data manipulation and hacking undermine fundamental human rights and cause exposure to risks and security gaps. The Internet Governance Forum is the foremost global platform addressing those challenges in an ever-evolving digital landscape.

The Secretary-General, who has called for raising awareness about the transformative impact of digital technologies in securing a safe and inclusive digital future, says in the UN Strategy on New Technologies: “Without a stepped up, smart and responsible use of technology, we will fail to reach the SDGs [Sustainable Development Goals] and we will miss opportunities to prevent conflict and sustain peace.”

The World Economic and Social Survey 2018: Frontier Technologies for Sustainable Development, released earlier this year, presents data showing the considerable disparity in Internet use between developed and developing countries, between men and women, urban and rural areas, and young and old. Efforts to increase access to frontier technologies in those countries, artificial intelligence, in particular, present tremendous potential to improve people’s lives, but lack of access could also drive greater inequality.

Women, who are almost equal in using the Internet in developed countries, according to the International Telecommunication Union, lag behind in Internet use in developing and least developed countries. Digital inclusion, a key goal of the United Nations permeating all facets of sustainable development, is a pathway to empowerment and self-sufficiency in countries where women face a lack of employment opportunities. In those countries, access to mobile technology has enabled them to take charge of their own lives via digital financing, online trading and information-sharing apps. The Forum will address the digital divide and ways to harness technology in support of sustainable development.

Workshops and Events

The three-day meeting will feature interactive dialogues and debates, while addressing a broad range of themes and issues under eight themes: Cybersecurity, Trust and Privacy; Development, Innovation and Economic Issues; Digital Inclusion and Accessibility; Emerging Technologies; Evolution of Internet Governance; Human Rights, Gender and Youth; Media and Content; and Technical and Operational Topics. These workshops and panel discussions aim to encourage comprehensive debates among global stakeholders and to set policy recommendations on how to address Internet governance. More than 160 different types of sessions will be convened.

About the Internet Governance Forum

The Internet Governance Forum, convened annually by the Secretary-General and supported by Department of Economic and Social Affairs, is a platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue on public policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance, such as its sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development. The Forum’s purpose is to maximize opportunities for open and inclusive dialogue and the exchange of ideas on Internet governance-related matters, to create opportunities for sharing best practices and experiences, to identify emerging issues and bring them to the attention of the relevant bodies and the general public, and to contribute in building capacity for Internet governance. Marking the thirteenth Forum, the 2018 event will be held under the theme “Internet of Trust”.

For additional information, live webcast and schedule, please visit www.intgovforum.org.

Online participation: Media and other stakeholders not present in Paris are encouraged to participate and engage remotely in all sessions. Anyone can access the events at www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/igf-2018-remote-hubs.

 

Source: UN DPI

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Africa’s Fast-Growing Population: Tackling Youth Unemployment

2. November 2018 - 19:20

Africa’s population is growing at an astonishing rate. By 2050, the number of people on the continent will climb to 2.5 billion. By the same year, the United Nations predicts that nearly half of the countries in Africa will double their populations. While regions such as Europe have virtually stopped growing, Africa’s population growth shows no signs of slowing.

Several factors explain this growth. Advances in healthcare and medical technology have sharply reduced infant and child mortality rates. Life expectancy, albeit still low compared to other regions, has also improved to say nothing of birth rates, which continue to outpace other regions.

While these gains have been widely celebrated, and rightly so as they are a testament to Africa’s socio-economic progress, a burgeoning population has also raised alarm among some policy makers. African countries, the argument goes, are ill prepared and will struggle to cope with the coming population explosion. Resource extraction, for example, is expected to increase — exacerbating environmental problems, while food shortages may worsen due to climate change. Meanwhile, some predict unprecedented unemployment levels, especially among young people.

These concerns are not without merit and do indeed warrant our attention. However, while a fast-growing population does pose challenges, it can also be an opportunity to drive Africa’s socio-economic development. With the right policy responses, countries in Africa can create the conditions needed to turn what could be a demographic catastrophe into a demographic dividend.

One way to do this is for countries to further embrace the free movement of people. This is especially key in tackling youth unemployment, one of the continent’s biggest challenges.

The number of young people without employment is staggeringly high. In sub-Saharan Africa youth unemployment stood at nearly 14 per cent in 2017. But this is dwarfed by North Africa, whose youth unemployment rate was estimated to be 29 per cent in the same year. With 60 per cent of its population below the age of 25, Africa is the world’s “youngest” continent. And as the region’s population continues to grow rapidly, the demand for jobs is bound to increase.

Free movement can allow young people to find employment beyond the confines of their borders. Workers from countries with limited employment opportunities can move, at least temporarily, to countries where labour is in short supply. Furthermore, free movement makes it possible for firms to find young people who are suited — both in terms of skills and competencies — to available positions. Each year the failure to find desired skills leaves many jobs across the continent unfilled; this is particularly the case for specialized professions such as engineering and medicine. This reality is not just a loss for the qualified young African individual who simply cannot obtain a work visa or permit, but also for the companies whose productivity suffers as a result.

But free movement, as it pertains to labour, is only part of the solution. It is not the panacea for Africa’s jobless youth. To avoid what some have deemed the coming ‘demographic nightmare’, which could leave millions more young people without jobs, free movement must be coupled with other efforts such as improvements in education systems, skills training and continued investment in infrastructure, which is vital to attracting much-needed investments.

Labour mobility will be a key area of focus at the fourth Pan African Forum on Migration (PAFoM) due to take place in Djibouti from 19–21 November 2018. The benefits, challenges as well as how to advance free labour movement will all be discussed at the Forum. The need to address the unemployment crisis among Africa’s young people has never been more urgent. Without jobs, the continent stands little chance of capturing the demographic dividend.

This article was written by Bernardo Mariano, IOM’s Senior Regional Adviser for Africa.

 

 

Source: IOM UN Migration

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Building Sustainable and Resilient Cities

31. Oktober 2018 - 4:18

World Cities Day aims to promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, enhance cooperation among countries and cities in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and contribute to sustainable urban development. The overall World Cities Day theme is Better City, Better Life and this year’s particular theme is Building Sustainable and Resilient Cities. The main event will be celebrated in Liverpool, UK.

Over the last decade, natural disasters have affected more than 220 million people and caused economic damage of USD $100billion per year. By 2030, without significant investment to make cities more resilient, natural disasters may cost cities worldwide three times that amount a year and climate change may push up millions of urban residents into poverty. Hundreds of cities and communities are struggling with the impact of crisis – including conflicts, natural disasters, failures in governance and economic stress.

Cities need support to become resilient and develop their capacity to absorb the impact of hazards, protect and preserve human life and limit damage to and destruction of public and private assets while continuing to provide infrastructure and services after a crisis.

There is a pressing need for new innovative tools and approaches that strengthen local administrations and empower citizens, while building their capacity to face new challenges and better protect human, economic and natural assets. Governments must lead coordinated inclusive policies that push for resilient urban areas, providing support to regional and local governments.

Download the World Cities Day Concept Note Source: UN HABITAT
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Quality education should be accessible to everyone

26. Oktober 2018 - 17:52

Education is a fundamental human right of every woman, man and child. Yet this right is still not a reality for millions and is violated every single day. This is unacceptable!

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As the Universal Declaration of Human Rights marks its 70th year, UNESCO is launching a digital campaign on the #RightToEducation, a right that is at the core of its global mission to ensure equal access to quality education.

Through a series of videos, animations, visuals, interviews and stories, the UNESCO campaign – running from 15 October to 18 December 2018 – will unpack the legal significance of the right to education and the major challenges that are blocking its path.

An estimated 262 million children and youth are currently out of school globally, and some 750 million youth and adults still cannot read and write. Less than 1 in 5 countries legally guarantee 12 years of free and compulsory education.

The #RightToEducation campaign aims to bring global awareness of this crucial human right, which is still not a reality for millions, and empower young people and adults to bring about change in their communities.

Join UNESCO’s #RightToEducation campaign and help spread the messages about this key human right with the power to transform lives around the world!

This campaign page contains all essential information and will be updated weekly with fresh content. Stay tuned.

Read

How UNESCO staff defend the right to education on the ground – part I

Social justice and equity: key principles for guiding action on the right to education

What you need to know about the right to education

What UNESCO does for the right to education

Watch

My Mama says school is not for girls

Education is the only real passport to freedom

Who is allowed to go to school?

UNESCO – ensuring the right to education since 1945

Engage

What can I do to help advance the right to education?

Download the social media pack

Join the #RightToEducation campaign on Instagram!

Explore UNESCO Observatory on the right to education

 

Source: UNESCO

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Data experts gather to find solutions to world’s biggest challenges at UN Forum

22. Oktober 2018 - 18:37

International data sectors from national statistical offices, the private sector, NGOs, academia and international and regional organizations are gathering in Dubai from Monday to Wednesday, in a bid to accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The experts will launch innovative solutions to improve data on migration, health, gender and many other key areas of sustainable development at the second annual UN World Data Forum, which takes place at the Madinat Jumeirah Convention Center.

The 3-day conference is packed with over 80 sessions and parallel events, and is seen as a crucial opportunity for major producers and users of data and statistics to find ways to deliver better data for policy makers and citizens in all areas of sustainable development.

Speaking ahead of the opening session, Liu Zhenmin, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, underlined the critical importance of good data in order to achieve the SDGs: “It is essential to have accurate, reliable, timely and disaggregated data, tracking the unprecedented range of economic, social and environmental goals in the 2030 Agenda. At the UN World Data Forum, I expect new partnerships to be forged, commitments announced, and support boosted.”

The conference takes place two months before the expected adoption by Member States of the Global Compact for Migration, the first-ever UN global agreement on a common approach to international migration, and one of the high-level sessions will be on improving migration data to help set new strategies for how to better track the more than 258 million migrants around the world, including through real-time data sources such as call records: this will serve as a contribution to the December conference.

Financing for data and statistics, and ways to fill the funding deficit and data gaps that exists in many countries will be a focus topic of this year’s Forum, at a time when developing countries face a gap of $200 million per year and over 100 countries do not have comprehensive birth and death registration data: a lack of funding and capacity are serious constraints for many countries.

Other issues to be examined at the Forum include the need for open data and how to facilitate data sharing and integration of new data sources into official statistics.

The Forum will launch or advance a number of practical solutions, including for the use of non-traditional data sources such as mobile phone and bank records, social media, earth observations and geospatial data.

Projects to be showcased include the use of high-resolution satellite images to map poverty, measure soil fertility and improve agricultural productivity.

Some sessions will look at the benefits and risks of using new data sources for the public good, including issues of data privacy and governance.

Several initiatives are focusing on how to better count minorities and vulnerable groups and to improve gender data, to ensure that no-one is left behind, and ensure the protection of human rights; and how data journalists can work with national statistical offices to better inform the public.

UN World Data Forum|data

 

Source: UN News

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Beyond income: A broader picture of poverty

18. Oktober 2018 - 16:37

The way people experience poverty goes beyond living on less than $1.90 a day. Poverty is not only about lacking the means to make ends meet or pay the bills for basic services on time. Poverty is multidimensional and encompasses much more than income.

Are children attending school? Do families have access to healthcare facilities? Are communities receiving regular clean water, sanitation and electricity? These are some of the factors that can illustrate multidimensional poverty, which looks at the different deprivations people face at the same time in different aspects of their lives. Multidimensional poverty captures the reality of living with less than the essentials needed to lead a decent life.

Some 1.3 billion people live in multidimensional poverty, and half ofthem are younger than 18 years, according to the 2018 global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI).

The Index, examining 105 countries and covering almost three quarters of the global population, looks beyond income to understand how people experience poverty in multiple and simultaneous ways. It identifies how people are being left behind across three key dimensions: health, education and living standards, comprising 10 indicators such as lacking access to clean water, adequate nutrition or primary education. People who experience deprivation in at least one third of these weighted indicators fall into the category of multidimensionally poor.

But where are all the multidimensionally poor? Multidimensional poverty is found in all developing regions of the world, but it is particularly significant in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, where 83 percent of all multidimensionally poor people live. Overall, the countries with the most people living in multidimensional poverty are India, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

In sub-Saharan Africa, some 560 million people (58 percent of the population) are living in multidimensional poverty, 342 million (61 percent of those living in multidimensional poverty) of them severely so. At the same time, in South Asia 546 million people (31 percent of the entire population) are multidimensionally poor, 200 million of them (37 percent) in a severe fashion.

The report also shows a significant difference between urban and rural areas. Globally, there are 1.1 billion people living in multidimensional poverty in rural areas and 200 million in urban settings.

Marginalized and deprived people live in all regions, and there is a risk that their numbers could increase. Some 892 million people face the prospect of falling into multidimensional poverty, which could happen sooner rather than later if they are affected by crisis, natural disasters or the effects of climate change, among other setbacks.

Although the overall numbers depict a brutal reality, there is still cause for optimism. Significant progress has been made, including in many sub-Saharan African countries. In India, 271 million people moved out of poverty between 2005-2006 and 2015-2016; the country’s poverty rate has nearly halved, falling from 55 percent to 28 percent in a decade.

Between 2006 and 2017, life expectancy increased by more than seven years in sub-Saharan Africa, and by almost four years in South Asia. In addition, primary education enrolment rates are up to 100 percent in the African region.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the findings of the 2018 MPI show the strong connection between poverty and human rights. The Index reveals how the human rights of poor people around the world are often abused or neglected. As Article 25 of the Declaration states, “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and wellbeing of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services.”

To maintain development gains and accelerate progress, the Sustainable Development Goals present a roadmap to end poverty in all its dimensions, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. Three years into the 2030 Agenda, governments, citizens and private sector are working together to meet the Goals’ targets and ensure dignity and wellbeing for everyone.

 

Source: UNDP

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Empowering rural women and girls can help #EndPoverty

15. Oktober 2018 - 16:26

Rural women make up a quarter of the world’s population. They grow much of our food, strengthen economies and build climate resilience.

From championing access to clean water in Kyrgyzstan to boosting sustainable agriculture in Ethiopia, rural women are mobilizing to support one another, and their contributions are vital for both rural communities and urban societies.

Yet, on almost every measure of development, because of gender inequalities and discrimination, they fare worse than rural men or urban women.

On 15 October, the United Nations commemorates the International Day of Rural Women, under the theme, “Sustainable infrastructure, services and social protection for gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls”, closely followed by World Food Day (16 October) and International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17 October).

This year, we are calling for better public services, including health care, education, childcare and shelters, on which millions of rural women depend; and laws, policies and budgets to improve their livelihoods and well-being. We stand in solidarity with rural women and their organizations everywhere as they seek to influence the decisions that shape their lives.

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Infographic: Rural Women and Girls

Rural women ensure food security for their communities, build climate resilience and strengthen economies. Yet, gender inequalities, such as discriminatory laws and social norms, combined with a fast-changing economic, technological and environmental landscape restrict their full potential, leaving them far behind men and their urban counterparts. View infographic ►

 

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Source: UN Women

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#Commit2Dialogue: Partnerships for Prevention and Sustaining Peace

10. Oktober 2018 - 21:46

“Commit2Dialogue: Partnerships for Prevention and Sustaining Peace” is the overarching theme of the
8th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC – www.unaoc.org), to be held
19-20 November, 2018, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Over the past few years we have
witnessed a rise of violent extremism, xenophobia, and discrimination. Intolerance and fear of the other continue
to prevail in many societies. There is an urgent need to re-commit to interreligious and intercultural dialogue and
to the promotion of tolerance, diversity and a culture of peace. To this end, the Forum provides an open space for
UNAOC Group of Friends, UN system entities, civil society including NGOs, faith-based organizations, media
and private sector to share good practices on ways to promote dialogue and understanding with partnerships that
work.

The primary mission of UNAOC is to forge collective political will and to mobilize concerted action at
improving cross-cultural dialogue and cooperation among countries and diverse communities to prevent violence
and conflict, and promote social cohesion and peace. UNAOC focuses its activities on four priority areas:
Education, Youth, Media, Migration.

In addition, the Forum will place special focus on youth, recognizing that the complex and evolving nature of
conflict prevention and peacebuilding requires policy-makers to harness the potential and creativity of young
people. They are an overwhelmingly positive asset to our societies with their creativity and dynamism. General
Assembly Resolution 70/291 encouraged Member States, United Nations entities, regional and sub-regional
organizations and relevant actors to engage young people in promoting a culture of peace, tolerance and
intercultural and interreligious dialogue. The General Assembly also encouraged Member States to empower
youth through the promotion of media and information literacy, by including young people in decision-making
processes and the development of relevant programmes and initiatives aimed at preventing violent extremism as
and when conducive to terrorism.

Please click HERE for detailed information. 

 

Source: UNAOC

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