2018 Report on the World Social Situation

RWSS 2018Universal social protection is a potent development policy tool that can alleviate poverty, inequality and social exclusion. Few countries have been able to reduce poverty and improve living conditions on a broad scale without comprehensive social protection systems in place. The international community’s consensus on the importance of social protection has been reinforced with the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Target 1.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals stresses the role of social protection in ending poverty in all its forms, as it seeks the implementation of “nationally appropriate social protection measures and systems for all, including floors”. By 2030, the goal is no less than “substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable”. Promoting Inclusion Through Social Protection In order to promote inclusion, social protection systems must be sensitive to the needs of those population groups that are at highest risk of poverty: children, youth, older persons, persons with disabilities, international migrants, ethnic and racial minorities, and indigenous peoples. Read more

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Localizing the SDGs through Social and Solidarity Economy for Sustainable and Resilient Societies

Localizing the SDGs through Social and Solidarity Economy for Sustainable and Resilient Societies—An Official Side Event of the 2018 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable DevelopmentAs an integrated and balanced approach to development, social and solidarity economy (SSE) has the potential to function as an intelligent means of localizing the 2030 Agenda. The Division for Inclusive Social Development (DISD) of UNDESA and the UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) are organizing a side event during the 2018 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) on "Localizing the SDGs through Social and Solidarity Economy for Sustainable and Resilient Societies". Speakers will discuss new research evidence and local government experience of SSE, and the enabling conditions—such as institutional arrangements, political forces and economic possibilities—which are needed for it to succeed in diverse contexts. In keeping with the mandate of the HLPF to provide guidance and recommendations on implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the panellists at this event will share knowledge and experience on how SE is contributing to realizing the 2030 Agenda’s vision of transformation, and achieving the goals and targets at the local level, in particular in cities. Read more

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9th Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing, 23-26 July 2018

The sixth working session of the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWG) will be held in New York from 14 to 16 July 2015 in Conference Room 4 (CB).

The Open-ended Working Group on Ageing, established by the General Assembly in its resolution 65/182 with the purpose of strengthening the protection of the human rights of older persons, will hold its ninth session at United Nations Headquarters from 23 to 26 July 2018. The discussions will focus on two focus areas: autonomy and independence, and long-term and palliative care. To that end, the Bureau called for substantive inputs from Member States, national human rights institutions, non-governmental organizations and United Nations system agencies and bodies, following questionnaires prepared by the Secretariat on the two focus areas. During the ninth session, the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing will consider and discuss the contributions received, based on the summary documents prepared by the Secretariat. The present document contains the analytical summary of contributions on the focus area: long-term and palliative care, following the nine guiding questions of the questionnaire. Read more

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International Youth Day, 12 August 2018

Launch of the World Youth Report entitled “Youth Civic Engagement” (organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA))The theme for International Youth Day 2018 is Safe Spaces for Youth. Youth need safe spaces where they can come together, engage in activities related to their diverse needs and interests, participate in decision making processes and freely express themselves. While there are many types of spaces, safe spaces ensure the dignity and safety of youth.  Safe spaces such as civic spaces enable youth to engage in governance issues; public spaces afford youth the opportunity to participate in sports and other leisure activities in the community; digital spaces help youth interact virtually across borders with everyone; and well planned physical spaces can help accommodate the needs of diverse youth especially those vulnerable to marginalization or violence. Ensuring that safe spaces are inclusive, youth from diverse backgrounds especially those from outside the local community, need to be assured of respect and self-worth. In humanitarian or conflict prone settings for example, youth may lack the space to fully express themselves without feeling uncomfortable or unwelcome. Read more

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2018 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

The 2018 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) is taking place from 9–18 July at the UN Headquarters in New York under the theme: “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies”.

The 2018 HLPF focuses on the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  • Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  • Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
  • Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, that will be considered each year.
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2018 International Day of Cooperatives on "Sustainable consumption and production"

CoopsDay2018The theme for the 2018 International Day of Cooperatives (IDC) is “Sustainable consumption and production”, creating an opportunity for cooperatives to show how they run successful businesses while respecting our natural environment and the resources it offers. The slogan of the Day “Sustainable societies through cooperation” was selected by cooperators from around the world. Through the IDC, local and global policymakers can learn how cooperatives contribute to more sustainable and resilient societies and work towards including cooperatives in policy processes related to sustainability issues. The 2018 International Day of Cooperatives will be celebrated on the 7th of July. Read more

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Everyone has a 'moral imperative' to uphold the rights of persons with disabilities

Everyone has 'a moral imperative' to uphold the rights of persons with disabilities, says UN chiefCementing and protecting the rights of around 1.5 billion people around the world in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a “moral imperative” said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday. He was addressing a conference of signatories to the Convention at UN Headquarters in New York, describing it as one of the most widely-ratified international human rights treaties, which reaffirms that people with disabilities are entitled to the same treatment as everybody else. Read more

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2018 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, 15 June 2017 Elder abuse is a global social issue which affects millions of older persons around the world, and an issue which deserves the attention of the international community. The United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution 66/127, designated June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. It represents the one day in the year when the whole world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted to some of our older generations. The theme this year is “Moving from Awareness to Action through a Human Rights based approach”.  Read more

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