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11th Conference of States Parties to the CRPD, 12 to 14 June 2018

11th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD, 12 to 14 June 2018The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was adopted by the General Assembly by its resolution 61/106 of 13 December 2006. It came into force on 3 May 2008 upon the 20th ratification. Article 40 of the Convention stipulates that “The States Parties shall meet regularly in a Conference of States Parties in order to consider any matter with regard to the implementation of the present Convention.” Since 2008, ten sessions of the Conference of States Parties have been held at United Nations Headquarters, New York. The 11th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD will take place at the United Nations Headquarters, New York,  from 12 to 14 June 2018. The theme this year is “Leaving no one behind through the full implementation of the CRPD”. Read more

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EGM on Family Policies for Inclusive Societies, 15-16 May, 2018

EGM on Family Policies for Inclusive Societies, 15-16 May, 2018The Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) of the Department of Economic and Social affairs (UNDESA) is organizing an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on “Family policies for inclusive societies”, 15-16 May 2018 at UN Headquarters in New York. In its recent resolution on family issues, the General Assembly invited Member States to invest in a variety of family-oriented policies and programmes, as important tools for, inter alia, fighting poverty, social exclusion and inequality, promoting work-family balance and gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls and advancing social integration and inter-generational solidarity, to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The importance of family policies for the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1-5 relating to poverty and hunger reduction, health, education and gender equality was addressed by expert group meetings held in 2015 and 2016. Read more

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International Day of Families, 15 May 2018

International Day of Families, 15 May 2018The 2018 observance of the International day of Families focuses on Sustainable Development Goal 16 relating to the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development. The theme this year is "“Families and inclusive societies” .

The approaches to family policies for inclusive societies vary around the world. In some regions emphasis is placed on social inclusion of various types of families and/or individuals such as migrant or indigenous families, ethnic minorities or families with persons with disabilities. In other regions primary emphasis is placed on social protection for vulnerable families to facilitate their full inclusion in the mainstream of society. As approaches vary, this year’s observance of the International Day of Families is to raise awareness of the role of families and family policies in achieving more inclusive societies from regional perspectives. Read more

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UNPFII17 adopted recommendations on collective rights to lands, territories, and resources

UNPFII17The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues concluded its seventeenth session (UNPFII17) on Friday 27 April, adopting a draft of recommendations which reflected this year’s central theme — indigenous peoples’ collective rights to lands, territories and resources — and urged the Secretary‑General to convene regional consultations in the coming months on ways to enhance their participation in the work of the United Nations.

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Promoting the inclusion of young people through social protection

Promoting the inclusion of young people through social protectionSocial protection is a potent policy tool to protect people from poverty throughout the life cycle. It can also reduce inequality and social exclusion. However, as the Report on the World Social Situation 2018 (United Nations, forthcoming) makes clear, access to social protection varies significantly depending on a person’s background or identity, including their age, race, and gender. This can limit its potential to promote inclusion. In 2015, young people aged 15 to 24 years accounted for 1.2 billion, or 16 per cent, of the world’s population (United Nations, 2017). Creating a social and economic environment that enables these young people to thrive in adulthood—including through pathways to decent work—is central to promoting their inclusion. Read more

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11th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD, 12 to 14 June 2018

2015 IDPD CelebrationThe Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was adopted by the General Assembly by its resolution 61/106 of 13 December 2006. It came into force on 3 May 2008 upon the 20th ratification. Article 40 of the Convention stipulates that “The States Parties shall meet regularly in a Conference of States Parties in order to consider any matter with regard to the implementation of the present Convention.” Since 2008, ten sessions of the Conference of States Parties have been held at United Nations Headquarters, New York. The 11th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD will take place at the United Nations Headquarters, New York,  from 12 to 14 June 2018. Read more

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Health Inequalities in Old Age

Health Inequalities in Old AgeSustainable Development Goal 3 (SDG3), to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, recognizes that health needs and considerations evolve throughout the life cycle. Although many older persons retain overall good health and functioning well into old age, the process of ageing entails an increasing risk of poor health.[1]

Age is in fact estimated to be the most important determinant of health. Yet while older persons on average have greater health care needs than younger age groups, they also face distinct disadvantages in accessing appropriate, affordable and quality care.

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2018 UNIDOP Celebrates Older Human Rights Champions

International Day Older Persons 2018On this 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the United Nations International Day for Older Persons (UNIDOP) celebrates the importance of this Declaration, and reaffirms the commitment to promoting the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by older persons. Growing older does not diminish a person’s inherent dignity and fundamental rights. Almost 40 years following the adoption of UDHR, issues of human rights for older persons were taken up in 1991 in the formulation of the United Nations Principles for Older Persons, which provided guidance in the areas of independence, participation, care, self-fulfillment and dignity. Read more

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