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Climate change: there is no ‘planet B’

20/03/2018 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

The Paris Agreement embodies a global solution for the climate and represents a beacon for action at national, sub-national to local and international levels, Lord John Prescott said presenting his report on climate change.

A citizenship income to guarantee a decent standard of living for everyone

06/12/2017 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

The introduction of a citizenship income could help overcome poverty and guarantee decent living conditions for everyone, said the Social Affairs Committee, which has encouraged debate on this issue in each country.

Committee spells out steps to protect and rehabilitate children affected by armed conflict

06/12/2017 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

Children traumatised by armed conflict need specialised support to re-build trust and create “new positive life experiences”, the Social Affairs Committee has said, approving a draft resolution, based on a report by Sevinj Fataliyeva.

Seminar on children's mental health and child-friendly justice

30/10/2017 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

In co-operation with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the UK Parliament will hold a seminar in London on 6-7 November on “Children's mental health and child-friendly justice”.

Palais in pink to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month

10/10/2017 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

For the first time ever, the Palais de l’Europe in Strasbourg was illuminated in pink last night – in a special initiative to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The building will stay illuminated throughout the week.

Cross-border parental responsibility conflicts: a call for simpler and less costly procedures

19/09/2017 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

The PACE Social Affairs Committee today called on European governments to make the enforcement of parental responsibility decisions abroad “simpler, speedier and less costly”.

Tuberculosis: measures needed to avoid 2.1 million deaths in Europe

19/09/2017 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

“Drug-resistant tuberculosis is one of the gravest risks requiring attention. Its rates in Europe are growing faster than in any other world region,” said Serhii Kiral, rapporteur on 'Inquiry into growing antimicrobial resistance'.

Petra De Sutter: “high time for a debate on new genetic technologies”

03/08/2017 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

Petra De Sutter today underlined the urgency of taking a clear position on the practical use of new genetic technologies following the publication of a new study in the journal Nature.

European Diplomas awarded to seven municipalities in 2017

29/06/2017 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

The mayors of seven municipalities were today presented with the 2017 European Diploma, honouring their work to promote the European ideal, at a ceremony at the Council of Europe headquarters in Strasbourg.

Second mandate as PACE General Rapporteur on Local and Regional Authorities for Luís Leite Ramos

28/06/2017 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

At its meeting held on 1 June in Baku, the Committee on Social Affairs appointed Luís Leite Ramos for a second mandate as General Rapporteur on Local and Regional Authorities of the PACE.

Childrens’ day: pledge to push for laws to protect children online

01/06/2017 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

Members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe have pledged to do all they can to promote laws protecting children from cyber-bullying and harmful online content or abuse.

States must do more to uphold social rights, says committee

01/06/2017 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

Member States need to do more to support the European Social Charter and ensuring that it is better integrated with similar initiatives in other European bodies, PACE’s Social Affairs Committee has said.