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Revisiting labour rights in the face of wide-ranging transformations in the world of work

22/09/2022 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

Insofar as new technologies and the Covid-19 pandemic have radically transformed the world of work, the Social Affairs Committee considers it essential to increase flexibility in the organisation of work, in order to serve the new needs of workers, employers and the labour markets. The committee...

Securing safe medical supply chains

21/06/2022 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

The Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development has expressed concern about the shortages of medical supplies that increased dramatically during the Covid-19 pandemic, due to stockpiling, restrictions on exports, closed borders, and lockdowns. This phenomenon has tended to...

Vaccination: prioritizing quality services and demystifying misconceptions

18/05/2022 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

Addressing suboptimal vaccination coverage is a matter of human rights protection and should be a priority for Council of Europe member States, the PACE Social Affairs Committee has stressed. However, it noted “with alarm that the European Region has a higher-than-average percentage of negative...

It is time to stop putting persons with disabilities into institutions

17/03/2022 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

It is time to stop putting persons with disabilities into institutions, but rather to help them transition to supported independent living, says PACE’s Social Affairs Committee. Unanimously adopting a draft resolution, as well as a draft recommendation to governments, based on a report by Reina...

Eradicating extreme child poverty in Europe by 2030

17/03/2022 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

According to the Committee on Social Affairs, extreme child poverty is far from being eradicated, and has even resumed its expansion before the covid-19 pandemic, confirming the collective failure of public policies to combat this phenomenon. The report by Pierre-Alain Fridez (Switzerland, SOC...

Digital devices should have built-in adult content blockers to protect children

17/03/2022 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

All digital devices should have easy-to-use parental controls and tools for filtering and blocking pornographic material built into them by default in order to combat children's exposure to adult content, the PACE Social Affairs Committee said. These control tools should be “systematically...

In a world of global connection and growing pressures, how should work change?

17/03/2022 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

Globalisation, digitalisation, new technologies and the Covid-19 pandemic have moved more and more people into hybrid and fully remote work (teleworking), but how should government policies and legal frameworks adapt to this new reality? How can the well-being of people at work be maintained when...

PACE launches a new network of parliamentarians to press for a healthy environment

27/01/2022 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

PACE today launches a new Parliamentary Network for a Healthy Environment, bringing together almost 30 parliamentarians from some 20 different parliaments across the Council of Europe area to demand that governments create a legal right to a healthy environment and take other urgent steps to deal...

Preventing addiction to prescription medicines: more work needed on finding the right balance

03/12/2021 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

A PACE committee is calling for “a careful balance” to be struck between ensuring patients have access to the prescription medicines they need and preventing addiction to them. The Assembly’s Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development, approving a draft resolution and...

Children’s views should be heard whenever decisions affecting their lives are made

03/12/2021 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

It is time for governments and parliaments to ensure that children’s views are taken into account “whenever decisions affecting their lives are made”, a PACE committee has declared. The Assembly’s Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development, approving a draft resolution and...

Inaction on climate change: a violation of children's rights

03/12/2021 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

The lack of action to tackle climate change is a violation of children's rights, according to the Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development, in particular with regard to “the right to life, development, health and medical care, education, a good standard of living, and...

The Covid-19 situation: 'No-one is safe until everyone is safe'

01/12/2021 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

The Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development expressed its concern about the rapidly evolving Covid-19 pandemic. Adopting a statement today unanimously, it recommended “global equitable distribution of vaccines”, which is vital to protect public health. “No-one is safe...