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[From the web] UN Commission on Social Development kicks off with focus on poverty and youth

UN Commission on Social Development kicks off with focus on poverty and youth

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1 February 2012 – Poverty eradication, youth unemployment and socially inclusive policies will be the main focus of the 50th session of the United Nations Commission for Social Development, which kicked off today at UN Headquarters in New York.

For the next 10 days, the Commission will hold a series of panels and discussions on how to shape effective policies for the most pressing social development issues taking into account today’s challenges such as the global economic crisis and climate change.

The Commission will pay particular attention to the challenges young people face finding jobs as recent UN figures show that they are three times more likely to be unemployed than adults. Last year alone, 75 million youth found themselves without a job.

“With almost one in four young workers unemployed in developed countries and the majority of young people from developing countries working in the informal economy, the world is experiencing a youth unemployment crisis, which further propagates social instability,” said Milos Koterec, Permanent Representative of Slovakia and President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

“Hence, the youth will play a central role in the various social movements calling for democracy, equal opportunities and better employment.”

Eradicating poverty and ending inequality within countries will also be a priority for the Commission. A discussion on the Social Protection Floor initiative which aims to examine strategies for poverty reduction and empowerment of vulnerable parts of society was held yesterday as a way to reflect on key issues relevant for the session ahead.

“The Social Protection Floor is an important initiative. UN agencies and our partners are using this to integrate our strategies so that we can help protect people from falling or being trapped into poverty,” Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro told the Commission.

The poor want to lift themselves out of poverty. That is why we have to invest in social protection. That means food, education and basic services – especially for the poorest.”

The session also seeks to build political momentum ahead of the UN Sustainable Development Conference (Rio+20) in June. Ms. Migiro stressed that participants need to seize the opportunity to make an impact on the Rio+20 debate through their work in the session as it is intricately linked to poverty reduction, inequality and access to resources.

“In five months, we will have a chance to chart a path to a more sustainable world at the Rio+20 Conference,” she said. “This Commission knows that the future we want to chart in Rio is people-centred, inclusive, equitable and sustainable. It is a future where a healthy, resilient environment can support present and future generations. These goals must be one and the same.”

Other panels during the session will focus on mobilizing domestic and international resources for social development, incorporating persons with disabilities to the development agenda, and the social dimensions of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), a programme intended to accelerate Africans’ efforts to extricate the continent from underdevelopment and exclusion from the global economy. More than 16 side events will also take place.

Source: www.un.org

[From the web] Frontline Defenders and HRDP Joint UPR 2nd Cycle Submission – Free Zone

Frontline Defenders and HRDP Joint UPR 2nd Cycle Submission

Source: Free Zone

Submission by: Front Line Defenders and Human Rights Defenders – Pilipinas
Related to: The Philippines UPR Session: 13th Session of UPR, 21 May – 4 June 2012
Submitted:28 November 2011

1. The following submission has been prepared jointly by Front Line Defenders – the International Foundation for the protection of Human Rights Defenders, and the Human Rights Defenders – Pilipinas (HRDP) based on research carried out by these organisations and information received from independent human rights defenders in the Philippines from January 2008 to November 2011.

2. Front Line Defenders (www.frontlinedefenders.org) is an international NGO based in Ireland with special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. Front Line Defenders has particular expertise on the issue of security and protection of human rights defenders and works to promote the implementation of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders adopted by General Assembly resolution 53/144 of 9 December 1998.

3. HRDP is a membership organisation of individual human rights defenders actively engaging in the promotion, defence, protection and fulfilment of “human rights for all” in the Philippines on various issues including civil, political, economic, social, cultural spheres or in the field of development and peace. It focuses on the protection of human rights defenders.

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