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PACE committee calls for fairer and more reliable medical supplies

13/10/2023 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

A PACE committee is calling for human rights to be placed back at the heart of medical supply chains – pointing out that the current system for supplying drugs and other medical products is both ineffective, resulting in shortages, and discriminatory. “Medical products cannot be governed by...

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The Network for a Healthy Environment and the ‘Women@PACE’ group to discuss the impact of environment on...

10/10/2023 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

As part of Pink October, the Network of Parliamentarians for a Healthy Environment and the Women@PACE group will hold an exchange of views on “Breast cancer and the right to a healthy environment”, in the margins of the PACE plenary session. Professor Carole Mathelin – an obstetrician...

Photo group of the participants in the exchange of views with Prof. Carole Mathelin on "Breast cancer and the right to a healthy environment"

An exchange of views highlights the correlation between the environment and breast cancer

10/10/2023 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

“The environment clearly has an impact on the development of breast cancer,” said Professor Carole Mathelin, a Hospital Practitioner specialising in breast cancer surgery, who has developed a research project to establish the link between the environment and breast cancer. She was speaking at an...

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Committee sets out new ways to prevent addictive behaviours in children

21/09/2023 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

Addictive behaviours in children can have a “disastrous” impact on their mental and physical health and their development, PACE’s Social Affairs Committee has pointed out, urging innovative new policies to prevent early addiction, more research, increased cooperation with the digital industry...

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PACE committee calls for strict ban on pregnancies with genetically modified human embryos

20/09/2023 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

Unanimously adopting a draft recommendation, based on the report prepared by Stefan Schennach (Austria, SOC), the PACE Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development urged member States to impose a comprehensive ban on “establishing a pregnancy with germline cells, their...

Preserving the mental health and well-being of young people in the face of multiple crises and an age of uncertainties
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Preserving the mental health and well-being of young people in the face of multiple crises and an age of...

20/09/2023 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

The restrictions imposed to combat the Covid-19 pandemic have had “a devastating effect” on the mental health and well-being of children and young adults – affected in particular by disruption in education, social isolation and economic instability – according to the Committee on Social Affairs...

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Addressing child abuse: PACE rapporteur to visit Romania

31/08/2023 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

PACE rapporteur Pierre-Alain Fridez (Switzerland, SOC) will carry out a fact-finding visit to Bucharest from 4-5 September 2023, in the context of the preparation of his report entitled “Child abuse in Europe: addressing it, compensation and prevention”. The aim of the visit is to promote Swiss...

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PACE holds side-event at the UN on decent work for all and building a sustainable future

24/07/2023 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

A PACE delegation attending the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York held a side-event on "Decent work: building a sustainable future" to look at progress towards achieving decent work for all as part of the international community’s efforts under the 2030 Agenda...

‘Decent work: building a sustainable future’ – a Council of Europe side-event at the UN in New York

11/07/2023 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

“Decent work, building a sustainable future” will be the theme of a side-event on Friday 14th July 2023, taking place on the margins of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development at the UN Headquarters in New York. Organised by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe...

Justice for Nahel, street clashes in France, July 2023
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PACE Social Committee Chairperson on rioting in France: ‘No social peace without social justice, and no...

05/07/2023 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

Selin Sayek Böke (Türkiye, SOC), the Chairperson of the PACE Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development, has issued the following statement today: “The death of a 17-year-old boy in France, shot by a policeman at a routine traffic stop, is both profoundly shocking and heart...

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Ensuring social support and health protection for ‘invisible workers’

22/05/2023 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

The Social Affairs Committee estimates that there are around 4 to 5 million undocumented people in Europe, many of whom de facto participate in the labour market as “invisible workers” but remain very fragile socio-economically – with poor or no access to socio-economic rights. By accepting the...

Geraint DAVIES (United Kingdom, SOC)

PACE calls for sustainable development and protection of fundamental rights in trade agreements

27/04/2023 | Session

According to PACE, trade should be greener and fairer: all trade and investment agreements should contain “comprehensive provisions on sustainable development and protection of fundamental rights”, with strong enforcement which is commensurate with protecting investors. Unanimously approving a...