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Universal Health Coverage                   Gen Universal

Universal Health Coverage is a fundamental human right. Yet, as each country has different experiences we sometimes find it difficult to have a clear understanding of what it really means and implies. What does it actually mean?  What are the main objectives? How is it financed?  What kinds of misunderstandings exist around Universal Health coverage? Genevieve addresses the common questions and misconceptions in this article. Read Universal Health Coverage here.


The Nordic Model – Economic and Social Policies.  Genevieve 2

The economic and social policies of Scandinavian countries are considered, in many sectors, a model for an equitable and efficient society. Genevieve Pinnington prepared a short presentation Nordic tax models as an example of how fiscal policies can be used for equity and efficiency. She looks at what it is, how it works and why it may not be applicable everywhere. Read  A Brief Exploration of the Nordic Model.


A regional Report on Social Protection SystemsGreta

“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.


Stop Violence Against Girlsviolence against girls

We remember girls during these 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. We know that violence against girls is worldwide. It is perpetrated on every continent, in every social and economic class, and sanctioned to varying degrees by every form of government, every major religion, and every kind of communal or familial structure. There is no place of complete refuge for the girl child, only promises of stronger legal regimes and more robust non-governmental assistance. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) defines a child as: a “human being below the age of 18 years, unless under the law applicable to that child, majority is attained earlier.”  Forced and Child Marriages entrap young girls in relationships that deprive them of their basic human rights.                                                                      Female Genital Mutilation a widespread practice in parts of the world violates a series of well-established human rights principles. Continue reading here


World Day against Trafficking WORLD DAY TRAFFICKING2

World Day against Trafficking in Persons is near. 30 July 2017 is the day.  IBVM Members: make it a day to renew our personal commitment and take action. Remember GC’14.

SPOT THE SIGNS. Would you recognize a trafficked person? Awareness can save lives. Remember that persons are trafficked all around us, in every country.

REPORT A CONCERN. This could be a positive action for World Day against Human Trafficking in Persons. Every country and usually every city has a number which you can call if you have a concern.  If you do not already know the contact number, ask your province contact person for Human Trafficking.

An essential step in helping to end Trafficking in persons is to educate ourselves about the crime and share information. The 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report was published recently by the US Department of State. You can browse through the different parts of the Report at 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP).You can check how your own country is doing. You will also find very interesting information in the Introductory Material (PDF)  .

Human trafficking is a multi-billion-dollar industry, second only to the drug trade in financial gain and is estimated to involve around 21 million people. It is an industry which feeds off poverty, lack of education and desperation. No country is immune from the inroads of slavery – some send slaves around the world and others receive, but all are involved, The UN General Assembly in 2000 signed on to the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children. This was a significant milestone in international efforts to stop the trade in people. While most countries signed on to the protocol the reality is that few criminals are caught and fewer are convicted. Pope Francis called human trafficking “a form of slavery, a crime against humanity, a grave violation of human rights, and an atrocious scourge” and urged all of us to take a stand against this evil which denigrates and destroys so many people, including millions of children Read the reflection World Day against Trafficking 2017  written by Libby Rogerson   ibvm, Australia.

Oceans: Source of Life 1 copy

The UN Ocean Conference was held June 5-9, 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York to discuss SDG 14 on the health and sustainability of the world’s oceans. In response to the conference, members of the IBVM network reflected on their experience of oceans and the actions they can take to contribute to global care of the oceans. The resulting document, Oceans – Source of Life gathers excerpts from these reflections for use among the IBVM network.


The United Nations’ Global Plan of Action to Combat Human Trafficking 3K1A8828

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The IBVM contributed to an online chat with the authors behind the “Report on the World Social Situation 2016″.

Have a look at the summary here:



16th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues IMG_0606

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, violence and abuse, discrimination and racism, economic empowerment, climate change, land rights, and culture and identity. Updates will be posted as the session progresses.


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 reflections.Draft Declaration 2016 NGO CSocD Forum  

The Ongoing Work for Women´s Empowerment and Human Rights

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The 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women took place over the last two weeks, from March 9th – 20th and included representatives from Member States, UN entities and NGOs from across the world. The two weeks kicked off with the International Women’s Day ‘March in March’ held on Sunday March 8th when thousands marched the streets of Manhattan carrying and waving the slogan “Planet 50-50: by 2030: Step It Up For Gender Equality and Women’s Rights”.

Read 59th Commission on the Status of Women – Short Summary




UN Women

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As we work towards the 20th Anniversary of the 4th UN World Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1994,we are preparing to celebrate the many advances of these years and at the same time commit ourselves to awareness and action for the coming years. “Our goal is to rekindle the spirit of Beijing to re-energize all of us in our work to advance women’s rights, women’s empowerment and gender equality,” said UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the launching of the Beijing+20 Campaign.  “The vision laid out in Beijing, with 12 critical areas of concern for women, still resonates deeply around the world. It is still unfinished business”, she added.

Read IBVM Focus: Education and Training of Women


 Human Trafficking

“Trafficking of children is a grave violation of their rights, robbing them of their childhood, their well-being, and the opportunity to reach their full potential.”
Dr. Susan Bissell, Chief of Child Protection, UNICEtrafficking give hope

The Working Group on Children and Youth from the Ngo committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons recommends that Member States that anti trafficking legislation protects children and youth and that they be treated as victims and not as criminals. It asks civil society to campaign for ratification and effective implementation of international legislation such as the Palermo Protocol and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. It asks Business to be vigilant against the use of child labor in supply chains as well as monitoring suppliers’ implementation on the work floor.


Access to Energy for Allenergy

Human life depends on adequate sources of energy to provide water, food, education, health care, communication, and appropriate employment. Therefore, providing all people with adequate energy is a moral and ethical obligation for all. Alternate energy resources must be expanded if we are to sustain human life – indeed all life – on Earth and reduce the number of people living in poverty. However, such development must be carried out in harmony with Earth’s natural boundaries, that is, acknowledging the limits of Earth’s resources and the need to restore our damaged environment while developing new energy sources that are sustainably renewable, non-contaminating, affordable for those most in need, and accessible to all. Long-range planning is essential to accomplish this at local, national, and global levels

(The Working Group for Sustainable Development and Integrity of Earth of the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development . November 2013)

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