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The Sustainable Development Goals: turning words into action

08/04/2015 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

“The pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals by the international community since 2000 has transformed the lives of hundreds of million people across the globe, but our work is far from finished,” said Robert Walter.

Safe and high-quality food for a healthier population

07/04/2015 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

On World Health Day (7 April), the head of PACE's Social Affairs Committee Valeriu Ghiletchi has issued a strong call to the European authorities and member States to promote food safety.

Towards a new European Social Model

24/03/2015 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

"Economic growth should not be the only recipe towards more equality and well-being for all," said Maria de Belém Roseira pointing out that a new shared vision of the European social model can only be collective.

Building a new model of integration to prevent radicalisation

24/03/2015 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

"For many young people from an immigrant background, radicalisation is one response among others to the contempt and hostility encountered on a daily basis,” explained Bernard de Vos.

The Assembly has taken responsibility in the fight to eliminate sexual violence against children

18/03/2015 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

"The Assembly has taken responsibility in the fight to eliminate sexual violence against children", Valeriu Ghiletchi, Chairperson of the Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development declared.

Presentation of the Council of Europe Flag of Honour to the town of Aspach (Germany)

23/02/2015 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

The town of Aspach will receive the Flag of Honour of the Council of Europe on Friday 27 February. Klaus Bühler, former member of the Bundestag and Honorary Member of the PACE will present this distinction.

Combating undue influence of the pharmaceutical industry

19/02/2015 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

Liliane Maury Pasquier will make a fact-finding visit to London on 26-27 February in the context of the preparation of her report on “Protecting patients and public health against undue influence of the pharmaceutical industry”.

The EU and the Council of Europe need to be complementary in promoting social rights

16/02/2015 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

Whilst the EU has to ensure social rights through technical and budgetary decisions, the Council ensures political oversight of standards and their implementation, said Tuur Elzinga.

World Cancer Day: a manifesto for cutting the number of deaths

04/02/2015 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

Liliane Maury Pasquier, Chair of the PACE Sub-Committee on Public Health, has issued a strong call for a number of practical steps to ensure the adequate prevention, cure and care of cancer.

When is it ok to remove a child from her or his birth family?

27/01/2015 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

Priority must be given to the best interests of children in removal, placement and reunification decisions, a new report of the PACE Committee of Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development concludes.

General rapporteur strongly condemns Taliban attacks on children in Pakistan

17/12/2014 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

Stella Kyriakides calls upon governments not to let go unnoticed the terrible Taliban attacks on a Pakistan school as yet another extremist act, but to join other world leaders in expressing their grave concern.

The inhabitants of frontier regions of Azerbaijan are deprived of water: visit by the rapporteur

15/12/2014 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

Milica Marković will be visiting different towns of Azerbaijan from 15 to 18 December for the preparation of her report on “Inhabitants of frontier regions of Azerbaijan are deliberately deprived of water”.