Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

They are not just another party to be won over, or merely another individual seated at a table of equals. They are our principal dialogue partners, those from whom we have the most to learn, to whom we need to listen out of a duty of justice, and from whom we must ask permission before presenting our proposals. Their words, their hopes and their fears should be the most authoritative voice at any table of dialogue on the Amazon region. Querida Amazonia Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, 26 – Pope Francis The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) is a high- level advisory body to the Economic and Social Council. … Read MorePermanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

A regional Report on Social Protection Systems

“As we live in a world where extreme wealth and extreme poverty co-exist, it is essential that we begin to invest into social protection systems so that we can progress towards reducing inequalities and promote social inclusion. Social Protection systems are central to social equality, justice and allowing the most disadvantaged and excluded groups the basic social guarantees needed to participate fully within societies”. Greta Hunt gives a report on the situation of Social Protection policies in different regions – Asia and Pacific, Africa, Europe, The Arab States and Latin America. It is interesting to note the countries included in the section on Europe. Read the Report here.

16th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 

From 24 April to 5 May 2017, government leaders, UN representatives, and representatives from civil society are gathering at the UN Headquarters in New York to discuss issues affecting indigenous people around the world. The theme for this year’s session is the “Tenth Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Measures Taken to Implement the Declaration”. The forum provides an opportunity to take stock of how the declaration has been implemented by the UN and Member States and to determine how best to address the gaps in implementation. Much action is still needed to address disparities experienced by indigenous peoples in terms of poverty, education, health, … Read More16th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 

Draft Declaration for 2016 CSocD NGO Forum

  Eradicating poverty has been recognized as “the greatest global challenge facing the world today.”  With constituencies spanning the globe, the NGO Committee for Social Development knows well the magnitude of this challenge. Yet our work with those facing hardship and exclusion on a daily basis highlights a reality that none can afford to forget: if poverty is to be alleviated in any lasting way, inequality must be addressed as well.  Preparations for the  NGO Committee on Social Development Forum to be held on 1 -2 February 2016 are advancing.  Would you like to comment on our draft declaration which we are working on at the moment?  We would appreciate your … Read MoreDraft Declaration for 2016 CSocD NGO Forum

At the 56th Commission for Social Development 

 “We welcome the theme of the 56th Session of the Commission for Social Development ‘Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all.’ In particular, we wish to highlight that poverty and its eradication is political, multidimensional, and is at core a human rights issue, affecting peoples’ civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights”.  Read complete Statement

Important Decisions Taken at  The Commission for Social Development – 2019. (CSoCD 57)

Read the document  prepared by Sr. Cynthia Mathew CJ here and take note of the main agreements to which our governments committed themselves at the 2019 Commission for Social Development.  It is up to us to note what our governments are doing about these issues at national level. As civil society we can also see how they apply to our institutions and endeavors. They have agreed/committed themselves to:  Address inequality in all its dimensions   Promote nationally appropriate social protection system including social protection floors and universal access to social services to addressing and reducing poverty, inequality and social exclusion and promoting inclusive economic growth.  Ensure active labour market policies to … Read MoreImportant Decisions Taken at  The Commission for Social Development – 2019. (CSoCD 57)

Implementation of National Floors of Social Protection

(ILO Recommendation 202) is an action orientated policy that if implemented would indeed be that transformative action ‘to ensure that all human beings can fulfill their potential in dignity and equality in a healthy environment.’ (2030 Agenda)  Universal, rights-based social protection is the most sustainable and effective approach towards eradicating poverty, reducing inequalities, and building social inclusion”. Read the complete statement here  “The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda is built on fundamental values and principles aimed at ensuring that all human beings can fulfill their potential in dignity and equality. Its profound ethical foundation rests on the imperative that no one is left behind and that those who are hardest to … Read MoreImplementation of National Floors of Social Protection

The Commission for Social Development  – 2019 

The Commission for Social Development is about…. Social Development!  We follow, work with and attend this Commission as part of our woke with the United Nations. This Commission keeps track of social issues and groups that require attention and has been doing so for the last 24 years, since the Social Summit held in Copenhagen in 1995. As a result of this Summit a plan of Action was elaborated to help ensure positive social development worldwide.  Since 2015, the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) give us a wide spectrum of areas to focus on and, with that, the awareness of those who are being left behind.  This year inequalities resounded … Read MoreThe Commission for Social Development  – 2019 

Youth–led Event at CSoCD

We are happy to present “Youth Empowered!  Enabling Youth through Social Protection: Education, Employment and Environment” at the 57th Commission for Social Development (CSoCD). Click on the Program for our event to be held on Tuesday 19 February 2019 at 11.30 am. Led by our Youth Representatives with the collaboration of several from other NGOs, the side event explores how lack of effective and efficient social protection systems is detrimental to youths’ potential and drives inequalities within societies. Above all, they say, we need a healthy planet to begin with. They discuss and give examples of their capacity to respond to environmental challenges.