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#UnitedNations – Joint statement by High Representative Borrell, Vice President Jourová and Commissioner Dalli on the rights of persons with disabilities

#UnitedNations – Joint statement by High Representative Borrell, Vice President Jourová and Commissioner Dalli on the rights of persons with disabilities

| May 21, 2020

After the joint statement on ‘Disability-inclusive response to COVID-19 –Towards a better future for all’ was presented to the United Nations in New York and endorsed by 138 countries, including all EU member states together with the European Union, High Representative/Vice President Josep Borrell (pictured), Values and Transparency Vice President Věra Jourová, and Equality Commissioner […]

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UN warns of global mental health crisis due to #COVID-19 pandemic

UN warns of global mental health crisis due to #COVID-19 pandemic

| May 15, 2020

A mental illness crisis is looming as millions of people worldwide are surrounded by death and disease and forced into isolation, poverty and anxiety by the pandemic of COVID-19, United Nations health experts said on Thursday (14 May), writes Kate Kelland. “The isolation, the fear, the uncertainty, the economic turmoil – they all cause or […]

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#Tourism – A life line in free fall

#Tourism – A life line in free fall

| March 25, 2020

Public life in countries around the world has come to a near stand still. The drastic measures to combat the coronavirus are unprecedented but are proving critically essential. We do not yet know  the full extent it will have on human and economic costs, but there is no doubt that it will be enormous. Current […]

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Will #Spain remain deaf to repeated calls at the #UN in Geneva for ending the abuse of pretrial detention?

Will #Spain remain deaf to repeated calls at the #UN in Geneva for ending the abuse of pretrial detention?

| January 18, 2020

On 22 January 2020, Spain’s human rights situation will be scrutinized by the UN in Geneva within the framework of the Universal Periodic Review mechanism (UPR). In its report on the stakeholders’ contributions, the High Commissioner for Human Rights echoes the issues raised by different NGOs, associations, coalitions and individuals regarding the abuse of pretrial […]

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#UNHCR issues recommendations for EU to make 2020 year of change for #Refugees protection

#UNHCR issues recommendations for EU to make 2020 year of change for #Refugees protection

| January 12, 2020

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has launched a set of ambitious but achievable Recommendations for the 2020 Croatian and German Presidencies of the Council of the European Union (EU). The Presidencies and the envisaged EU Pact on Migration and Asylum present unique opportunities to better protect forcibly displaced and stateless people in Europe and abroad, while supporting […]

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In 2020, we need to think of a #UN for the 21st century

In 2020, we need to think of a #UN for the 21st century

| December 20, 2019

In recent years, it has become commonplace to criticize the United Nations for failing to do enough to safeguard human rights or secure global peace – writes Professor Nayef Al-Rodhan. The UN has not been effective in resolving major intractable issues whether Israel-Palestine, or more recent conflicts, like Syria, or the treatment of the Rohingya […]

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#UNHCR and Vodafone Foundation announce expansion of educational programme to help more than 500,000 refugee students

#UNHCR and Vodafone Foundation announce expansion of educational programme to help more than 500,000 refugee students

| December 17, 2019

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that 70.8 million people globally have been forcibly displaced by war, violence, and natural disasters. 25.9 million are refugees living in a foreign country, and over half of these are children who are often deprived of access to a quality education. During my time as Assistant […]

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