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The Council of Europe should pave the way towards international recognition of the crime of ecocide

02/12/2022 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

The severe destruction or deterioration of nature “that could be qualified as ecocide” may occur in times of peace or war. It is therefore “necessary to codify this notion in both national legislations, as appropriate, and international law” the PACE Committee on Social Affairs said today, while...

"The Stadium" – a new short film from PACE to raise awareness of the sexual abuse ​of children​ in sport

17/11/2022 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

The Stadium, a powerful new short film which aims to raise awareness of sexual violence against children in sport, has been launched by PACE to coincide with the start of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Launched on the eve of the European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation...

PACE hearing on workers’ rights in Qatar on the eve of the World Cup: positive change but work still to do

13/10/2022 | Culture, Science, Education and Media

Participants at a PACE public hearing on workers’ rights in Qatar, held just a month before the 2022 World Cup kicks off, have agreed that reforms introduced as a result of the tournament have resulted in significant improvements for workers in the country – but that much more needs to be done...

Official award ceremony of the 2022 Europe Prize to the city of Izmir

24/09/2022 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

On 24 September, the city of İzmir (Türkiye) held a ceremony to celebrate the official award of the Europe Prize 2022, in the agora of the ancient city of Smyrna and in the presence of a large public and local, regional and national representatives. On this occasion, Selin Sayek Böke, Chairperson...

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...