Universal Health Coverage

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.

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 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.

Stop Violence 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 … Read MoreStop Violence Against Girls

World Day against Trafficking 

 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 … Read MoreWorld Day against Trafficking 

Oceans: Source of Life

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.

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