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Artificial Intelligence: Ethical Dimensions of the Virtual World

Dear colleagues,

You are warmly invited to an online dialogue on “Artificial Intelligence: Ethical Dimensions of the Virtual World” during a side event for the Commission on Social Development, hosted by the Bahá’í International Community’s United Nations Office, the United Arab Emirates and NGO Committee on Social Development. The details for the event are:

The growing influence of artificial intelligence (AI) raises fundamental questions about the type of societies we want to build and the kinds of lives they support. This online dialogue will explore vital questions of values, vision, ethics, and purpose with regard to AI, and ways that they are being addressed in social, technological, and political terms.

Panelists:

  • Major Hamad Khatir, Director of International Partnership, Ministry of Interior of the United Arab Emirates
  • Ms. Eline Chivot, Senior Adviser on Digital Policy for the European People’s Party
  • Ms. Yu Ping Chang, UN representative on behalf of the Secretary General’s Special Advisor on Technology
  • Dr. Douglas Allen, Associate Professor of the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.

Sincerely,

Daniel Perell
Representative to the United Nations
Bahá’í International Community

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Social Development, please visit  ngosocdev.org. For more information on the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations, please visit rngos.wordpress.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on Education, Learning, and Literacy, please visit facebook.com/NGOCELLatUN.

[IFFD Virtual Briefing] Parenting in the Digital Age: Policymaker Perspective

IFFD virtual briefing on “Parenting in the Digital Age” through a policymaker perspective

Co-organized by UN-DESA Division for Inclusive Social Development, with the participation of Center for Educational Research and Innovation – OECD, UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti, Common Sense Media

Background Note

The global pandemic crisis has shown the great value of new technologies, especially for families. New technologies have enabled many people to continue working at home. They have helped many teachers and parents to continue to provide an education for their children when the schools closed. They have provided ways to stay connected with friends and relatives. They have been a way to reach out for help getting food and medicines. They have been a much-needed source of entertainment.

At the same time, new technologies have shown a darker side. Parents around the world are concerned about what impact the Internet is having on their children’s lives. Their concern is not so much about if they are spending too long online but more about how their online interactions are impacting on their health, happiness and wellbeing. They also worry about them being cyber-bullied, what their kids’ digital legacy will be and if they are safe online.

The event will focus on how policymakers can help parents and families to develop character and cyber-wisdom in their children. At the same time, it will spur parents’ proactivity in seeking to cultivate values, qualities and skills in their children.

Discussion Points

1. What is access and opportunities to digital technologies among different families? Digital opportunities and access for all (Curitiba Manifesto)
2. How does the digital gap impact the suitability and efficiency of parenting? (Venice Declaration)
3. How can policymakers, industry leaders and global media partners support parents in building a digital world that works better for every child, family and community? (Common Sense Media)

Register here!

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on the Family-NY, please visit ngofamilyny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Children’s Rights, childrightsny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Education, Learning, and Literacy, please visit facebook.com/NGOCELLatUN

[UN Observance] International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

Each year on February 6, the United Nations Commemorates the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.

Over 200 million girls and women alive today have experienced FGM. In 2019, an estimated 4.1 million girls were at risk of being cut. In 25 countries where FGM is routinely practiced and data are available, an estimated 68 million girls will be cut between 2015 and 2030 unless concerted and accelerated action is taken.

To learn more about UNFPA & UNICEF’s Joint Programme to Eliminate Female Genital Mutilation, currently in Phase III, click here.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-NY, please visit ngocsw.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-Geneva, please visit ngocsw-geneva.ch. For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-Vienna, please visit ngocswvienna.org.

IFA Virtual Town Hall l with Dr. Sonia Mukhtar: Psychological Impact of COVID-19 on Older Adults

COVID-19 and Older People Virtual Town Hall Series: A Conversation with Dr. Sonia Mukhtar

COVID-19 has propagated wide-reaching psychosocial impacts on older adults with financial losses being the least of concern. Mass fear of COVID-19 termed as “coronaphobia,” has generated a plethora of psychiatric manifestations. While the pandemic has made the COVID-19 vaccine the focal point, Dr. Sonia Mukhtar’s work on “psychosocial impact of COVID-19 on older adults” revealed the profound impacts the pandemic has had on the mental and physical well-being of older adults.

As the world reflects on the impact that COVID has had on older people in the context of the Decade of Healthy Ageing, advocating for psychosocial crisis prevention and intervention models to foster the abilities of older persons is more important than ever before. During a global pandemic where the needs of older persons need greater attention, attending to psychosocial needs aids to optimize healthy ageing.

Dr. Sonia Mukhtar is a COVID-19 researcher and a former-visiting faculty at University of Management and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan. Dr. Mukhtar’s is certified in Integrative Counseling.

Geneva, Switzerland: 13:00
Lagos, Nigeria: 13:00
New Delhi, India: 17:30
Perth, Australia: 20:00

This town hall will be recorded and streamed live on Facebook – facebook.com/intfedageing – and a recording of the event will be available there afterwards. Further resources are available at: ifa.ngo/ifa-virtual-town-hall-resources

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-New York, please visit ngocoa-ny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Vienna, please visit ngoageingvie.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Geneva, please visit ageingcommitteegeneva.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Intergenerational Solidarity, please email the vice chair at susanneseperson@gmail.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on Mental Health, please visit ngomentalhealth.org.

[UN Observance] International Day of Education

Every year on January 24, the United Nations commemorates International Day of Education. To stay apprised of this year’s events and how to participate, check out https://www.un.org/en/observances/education-day.

View UNESCO’s video explaining the 10 targets of SDG #4: Quality Education for All here:

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Education, Learning, and Literacy, please visit  facebook.com/NGOCELLatUN. For more information on the NGO Committee on Intergenerational Solidarity, please email the vice chair at susanneseperson@gmail.com. 

[Submission Deadline] Dynamics of Accumulated Inequalities for Seniors In Employment

Dynamics of Accumulated Inequalities for Seniors In Employment (DAISIE)
Final Conference – Call for papers
Organiser: Karlstad University, Sweden

Against the background of an ageing population, questions of extended working life have been
placed high on the global political agenda. At the same time, growing research indicates that
employment opportunities and working conditions for seniors are often at odds with these
political initiatives and that there are increasing inequalities associated with the normative
expectations associated with ageing at work. Unequal conditions in terms of health,
involvement in informal care and the age climate of different workplaces are examples of
factors that risk creating accumulated inequalities in an extended working life.

Based on analysis of the gendered impacts of policies aimed at extended working life and
comparisons of three contrasting occupations (health, transport, financial services) in the Czech
Republic, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK, the NORFACE DIAL (Dynamics of
Inequality Across the Life Course: Structures and Processes) project Dynamics of Accumulated
Inequalities for Seniors in Employment (DAISIE) has focused on issues such as the current
working conditions of the 50+ group across countries and occupations, the combined effect of
employment histories, family life events and intergenerational care services on the dynamics of
inequality in later life.

This final conference is an opportunity for members of the DAISIE project and colleagues from
the broader international research community to present papers in relation to work in later life
and accumulated inequalities.
In particular, we invite paper proposals focusing on:
1. Extending working lives policies and organizational practices
2. Combining extending working lives with caring and other unpaid commitments
3. Older workers and ageism
4. Older workers and digitalization
5. Older workers and health
6. Older workers and working conditions
7. The impact of the COVID-19 crisis on older workers

We invite submissions of 250-300 words abstracts via the conference webpage: kau.se/en/daisie
Please note that abstract submissions shall include: chosen focus (see list above), names of all
co-authors, and name and contact details of the corresponding author. Deadline for submission is January 15th, 2021.

Key dates:
January 15th – submission of abstracts
February 15th – notification of acceptance
February 22nd – registration opens
April 16th – registration closes

The conference is free of charge. Practical information will be published on the conference webpage in due course.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-New York, please visit http://www.ngocoa-ny.org/ . For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Vienna, please visit ngoageingvie.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Geneva, please visit http://ageingcommitteegeneva.org/. For more information on the NGO Committee on Intergenerational Solidarity, please email the vice chair at susanneseperson@gmail.com.

[UN Observance] Arabic Language Day

Annually on December 18, the United Nations commemorates Arabic Language Day. To learn about why we mark this observance, and how to participate in 2020’s events, check un.org/ar/events/arabiclanguageday/index.shtml.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Education, Learning, and Literacy, please visit facebook.com/NGOCELLatUN

Human Rights and Mental Health: The New Normal

In honor of Human Rights Day 2020, the NGO Committee on Mental Health invites you to a discussion on some of the contemporary challenges posing as barriers to a world where the mental wellbeing of everyone is protected as a human right.
Speakers:
Prof. Corann Okorodude, Developmental Psychology and Africana Studies at Rowan University | Society for Psychological Study of Social Issues | Psychology Coalition at the UN

Dr. Vivian B. Pender, President-Elect, American Psychiatric Association | Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Med College

Prof. Elaine P. Congress, Associate Dean, Graduate School of Social Service,  Fordham University | International Federation of Social Workers’ NGO Representative to the UN
Please click here to  register for the event and share with your professional networks and social media.
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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Mental Health, please visit ngomentalhealth.org.

People Power Under Attack

On Tuesday, 8 December, the CIVICUS Monitor is launching its global data report, People Power Under Attack 2020. Please join us for a panel event, which will provide an overview of global civic space ratings and the top violations to civic freedoms. Over 10 countries are set to have their ratings changed (upgrades and downgrades). The panel will zoom-into a number of regions and unpack the most common restrictions facing activists, journalists, protest leaders and civil society organisations. Data insights will also be presented on the relationship between the rise of authoritarian governments, COVID-19, and the impact on rights.

Translations provided in Spanish and French.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Human Rights, please email the co-chairs at bknotts@uua.org or bobbinassar@gmail.com.

COVID-19 and Older People: Challenges and Opportunities for Promoting Healthy Ageing

Join us for the latest installation of IFA’s Virtual Town Hall series on COVID-19 and Older People. This meeting will highlight Challenges and Opportunities for Promoting Healthy Ageing.

For nearly a year, the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us to adapt and respond to a rapidly changing environment. The importance of community engagement in encouraging and supporting healthy ageing through this period of unprecedented challenges has never been more important. Leading a discussion around opportunities to expand good practices observed in Healthy Ageing Centres is Prof. Tara Keck, Professor of Neuroscience and Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology at University College London.

Opening Remarks: Prof. Tara Keck, Professor of Neuroscience, Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow, Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology University College London

Register here!

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-New York, please visit ngocoa-ny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Geneva, please visit ageingcommitteegeneva.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Vienna, please visit ngoageingvie.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Intergenerational Solidarity, please email the vice chair at susanneseperson@gmail.com. 

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