social protections

COVID-19 Response & Recovery Efforts in the Global South

On the occasion of the launch of Southern Voice’s COVID-19 Digital Knowledge Hub, we are convening a conversation focused on COVID-19 responses and recovery, as seen from the Global South. We will also take the opportunity to rally experts from the global community, particularly from New York and Geneva.

Register here: https://unfoundation.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_J8M-KESHRsG3Mc8eIMsIDw?mc_cid=c522e0c192&mc_eid=5a0d18791c

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Geneva, please visit ageingcommitteegeneva.org.

Helping Children & Families Thrive in All Circumstances {in honor of the October 1989 adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child}

Please join us [at the NGO Committee on the Family] as we discuss important aspects of family life, in honor of the October 1989 adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Concept Note

In 1989, Member States adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a landmark treaty intended to ensure the protection and wellbeing of children around the world. In the intervening time, nearly every country has ratified the treaty, signaling commitment to its core principles of the best interest of the child, non-discrimination, right to life, survival, and development, and the right of the child to be heard. The Convention also notes that “the family, as the fundamental group of society and the natural environment for the growth and well-being of all its members and particularly children, should be afforded the necessary protection and assistance so that it can fully assume its responsibilities within the community.”

Since the Convention’s adoption, children’s welfare has improved greatly. Child poverty and mortality before age five have halved since then, and school attendance has risen. Countries have directed more attention, resources, and legislation to reducing child vulnerability and respecting the rights of children. Yet challenges remain. Poverty, natural disasters, conflict, family separation, and now a global pandemic affect children’s wellbeing. Times of crisis place stress on families and put children at risk. How can we ensure that children, even those in vulnerable situations, thrive?

This month, we are pleased to host two expert speakers who will address children’s vulnerability and ways to ensure that children and their families are supported to thrive in all circumstances and despite challenges. Ms. Rima Salah has extensive experience in the protection of children and peace and conflict resolution, through several leadership roles in United Nations entities, including serving as served as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General in the Peacekeeping Mission in Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT), Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and as a member of the UN High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations. Mr. Nuno Crisostomo has worked for child welfare with various non-governmental organizations, with the Portuguese government, and, from 2001, with UNICEF, most recently as an Emergency Specialist in the Democratic Republic of Congo. We hope you will join us as we learn from these two distinguished experts on this important topic.

Please RSVP to attend at https://forms.gle/KajCCPdPak3XtWms7.

Meeting information will be sent out after the RSVP deadline to all registered attendees.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on the Family, please visit ngofamilyny.org.

Older People’s Experiences in Real Life and Data

HelpAge International (in partnership with DESAAARP, Ghana Statistical Services, UNDP, and WHO )

is co-organizing the session “Older People’s Experiences in Real Life and Data” on 21 October 2020 at 10:00AM (New York) at the United Nations World Data Forum.

This session will:

  • Explore information required to understand the impact of the pandemic on the wellbeing and rights of older people
  • Examine systemic barriers to better data on older women and men
  • Identify actions members of the data community can jointly take to improve availability of data on older people for inclusive response and recovery

We look forward to your joining the event! Please register at: https://attendify.co/62RQIWV

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Geneva, please visit ageingcommitteegeneva.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-NY, 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 Intergenerational Solidarity, please email vice-chair Dr. Seperson at susanneseperson@gmail.com. 

[UN observance] International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2020: “Acting together to achieve social and environmental justice for all”

To follow the worldwide commemoration,

  • A global interactive event in FRENCH and ENGLISH will be organized on Facebook Watch Party at 11 am New York /3pm UTC/5 pm Paris /6pm Nairobi.
  • For those not able to attend the Facebook Watch Party, the video of the global commemoration will be uploaded on ATD Fourth World’s Youtube channel on October 17, at midnight EST.

Register here

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Social Development, please visit ngosocdev.org or facebook.com/NGOCSocD. For more information on the NGO Committee on Financing for Development, please visit ngosonffd.org

OHCHR: Participation, Human Rights & the Governance Challenge Ahead

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, together with a cross-regional group of sponsoring Member States, is hosting a high-level virtual side event entitled:

Participation, Human Rights and the Governance Challenge Ahead

A high-level virtual panel discussion taking place and webcast live on 25 September 2020, 9 – 10:30am (New York time)

Civil society organizations can register for the event here: https://bit.ly/3c9E14j by 23 September

Registered CSOs will have an opportunity to submit questions in the chat box.

The event can also be followed live on http://webtv.un.org

Questions addressed will include:

• What is meaningful participation and how does it facilitate governance?
• What are the obstacles to participation, including as regards youth, gender, those in extreme
poverty and indigenous persons, and as regards evolving technology, including online?
• How can governments and multilateral entities use human rights to support participation?

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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 NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY, please visit ngocsd-ny.org.

IFA Virtual Town Hall on COVID-19 & Older People: Demographic Resilience in Times of Crisis

IFA Virtual Town Hall | COVID-19 and Older People: Demographic Resilience in Times of Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly demonstrated that combating age-based discrimination requires a shift in the narrative on the human rights of older persons and healthy ageing. Throughout the last several months of unprecedented hardships there have been extraordinary instances of resilience, perseverance and support among individuals and organizations working for and alongside older people. In the upcoming IFA Town Hall, the United Nations Populations Fund in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (UNFPA EECA) explores opportunities to shift the narrative by highlighting collaborative initiatives to mitigate risks for older people during the ongoing pandemic, and promote health and social programs in the context of demographic shifts which are built upon participatory and enabling environments for older people.

This town hall takes place at 07:00 am (Eastern Daylight Time) on Friday 25 September 2020 (additional time zones below):

Sao Paulo, Brazil: 08:00
Rome, Italy: 13:00
New Delhi, India: 16:30
Perth, Australia: 19:00

Register here!

Please note that this town hall will be recorded and streamed live on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/intfedageing/

Should you be unable to participate in this meeting, a recording and resources will be available at: https://ifa.ngo/ifa-virtual-town-hall-resources/

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CoNGO Notes: 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 Ageing-NY, please visit ngocoa-ny.org.

[Webinar] Care & Labor Rights: Challenges from the Capitalist Pandemic

Save the Date, virtual meeting details TBA. Interested attendees are encouraged to check organizer websites or contact co-conveners in the meantime.

Care & Labor Rights: Challenges from the Capitalist Pandemic

This webinar by Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) and the Women’s Working Group on Financing for Development is part of a series of action-oriented dialogues on the macro agendas and the current crises: Macro Solutions for Women, the People and the Planet.

Wednesday, 29 July 2020 @ 9 am NY/ 10 am Montevideo/ 2 pm London/ 15 hrs Brussels/ 16 hrs Nairobi/ 20 hrs Bangkok

Speakers:

Corina Rodriguez, Executive Committee Member, DAWN

Shahra Razavi, Director, Social Protection Department, International Labour Organisation

Laura Alfers, Director, Social Protection Programme, Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO)

Concept Note

The COVID-19 Pandemic has starkly exposed the multiple inequalities that are intertwined in the world of work. First, it has forcefully revealed something that feminists have been repeating for a long time: the role of care is central  to sustain life in our societies. In a context of a health crisis,  where “staying at home” is one of the main strategies to face the emergency, care arrangements  have become more complex while  sexual division of labor continues to weight on women. Furthermore, there is an added pressure in the form of forced teleworking, which leads to situations where the boundaries between paid work and unpaid care work become blurred, working conditions become precarious and rights are easily violated.

Secondly, those in the informal economy bear heavier burdens in this crisis. Not working and staying at home has meant losing jobs and  livelihoods for the majority of informal workers and their families. Physical distancing is difficult to apply to those working in public spaces, such as street or market vendors, paid domestic workers or others in manufacturing or retail trade. The majority of workers in the informal economy are having less access to income resulting in increasing poverty and plunging workers and households into more precarious living conditions. The dimensions of this crisis are severe: The International Labour Organisation (ILO) reported that informal workers in Asia and Latin America endured an income decline of 81 percent during the first month of lock-downs. The situation of migrant workers has been particularly affected, given the higher exposure to occupational health and safety risks, no appropriate protection, exclusion from social protection measures directed towards nationals, as well as the restriction of movement and the accelerated destruction of jobs.

The context has also exposed the weakness of social protection systems to deal with the situation, and in most cases the applied immediate public policy responses have been insufficient.

Third, in the current context, it is important to analyse those groups of workers that are exposed in a differentiated form. On the one side are those in “front-line” jobs: health workers, workers at essential retail shops, paid domestic workers. The “front-line” is a predominantly feminized “front-line” workforce. In tandem, workers in platform jobs, many of which have seen an increase in the demand for their services but also higher levels of exploitation of their working conditions.

While some countries and some working sectors are coping more successfully with the emergency situation, most, especially those countries in the Global South, face a more serious form of exploitation already imposed by the pre-existing global financial capitalist model.

Can the harshness of the exposure of deepening inequalities serve as a spark to ignite and accelerate processes of transformation towards a “new normal” that is indeed new and different from the old normality? What feminist strategies can we draw on to activate an agenda of transformation in the world of work that serves women, people and the planet? What new challenges do we face and how should we adapt our analysis, our advocacy, our activism? What space can we create so that the post-COVID-19 pandemic does not continue to be a capitalist pandemic?

This webinar aims at reflecting on these questions and will be organized with four 10-12 minutes presentations, followed by a session of Q&A.

Objectives

  • To draw key elements of the agenda of transformation in the world of work from a feminist perspective;
  • To Identify common strategies across movements working on informal economy, care and work with different groups and constituencies (migrants, domestic workers, grassroots women, rural women, women in health sector);
  • To map advocacy spaces and mechanisms within the UN that may be used to activate our agenda of transformation of the world of work;
  • Facilitate cross-movement building and solidarity among civil society groups and activists mobilizing for care, workers rights, gender equality.
DAWN is a network of feminist scholars, researchers and activists from the economic South working for economic and gender justice and sustainable and democratic development. DAWN promotes critical analysis on global issues (economic, social and political) affecting the livelihoods, living standards, rights and development prospects of women, especially poor and marginalized women, in regions of the South. DAWN seeks to support women’s mobilization within civil society to challenge inequitable social, economic and political relations at global, regional and national levels, and to advance feminist alternatives.

The Women’s Working Group on Financing for Development (WWG on FfD) is an alliance of women’s organizations and networks who advocate for the advancement of women’s human rights and gender equality in the Financing for Development related UN processes.

Co-Conveners:

Rosa Lizarde, Global Director, Feminist Task Force; rosa.lizarde@feministtaskforce.org  

Emilia Reyes, Program Director, Policies & Budgets for Equality & Sustainable Development, Gender Equity: Citizenship, Work & Family; emilia@equidad.org.mx

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-Vienna, please visit ngocswvienna.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-NY, please visit ngocsw.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Financing for Development, please visit ngosonffd.org.

[UNDP Webinar] Half the World: The Many Faces of Social Protection

High Level Political Forum UNDP virtual event “Half the World: The Many Faces of Social Protection” 

14 July, 8:00 am EST

Join a discussion on the future of social protection, and practical steps to turn the crisis into an opportunity for a concerted push towards a sustainable, inclusive and resilient future.

  • Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme
  • Cina Lawson, Minister of Postal Affairs and Digital Economy of Togo
  • Yemi Alade, Nigerian singer and advocate for UNDP
  • Reema Nanavaty, Director General of SEWA (Self Employed Women’s Association), India

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Financing for Development, please visit www.ngosonffd.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-Vienna, visit ngocsdvienna.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-New York, visit ngocsd-ny.org.

[Virtual Monthly Meeting] NGO Committee on Financing for Development – NY

Dear Committee Members,
 
The next  NGO Committee on Financing for Development meeting will take place by Zoom  on July 1 from 1:00- 3:45 pm.  I am thrilled to share that Dr. Lester Salamon, Director of the Center for Civil Society Studies, Johns Hopkins University will be joining us from 2:00 – 2:45 pm to speak on “Philanthropication” a people-centered approach to development financing. We have extended our normal meeting time by 15 minutes as Dr. Salamon has requested a bit more time for his presentation.  
 
Dr. Salamon is a world renowned expert on civil society organizations and pioneered the empirical study of the nonprofit sector in the United States and has extended this work to other parts of the world. He has published more than 20 books including  Philanthropication thru Privatization: Building Permanent Endowments for the Common Good (il Mulino Press) where he investigates a way to capture all or a portion of the enormous privatization transactions under way around the world for autonomous charitable endowments serving the social and economic needs of citizens. Please review the background documents uploaded to the shared folder and do come prepared with questions and to engage in the conversation. 
 
Please also invite any of your colleagues who might have an interest in this topic. 
 
The Zoom invitation is included below. Please note that you will need to register to access the meeting
 

When: Jul 1, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYkceCtrTIiHNI2NNN9Z93U445N5Ad6iSTB

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 
All documents (listed below) for the meeting, including background materials for Dr. Salamon’s presentation are being uploaded to the July1 2020 Google folder . You can access the link here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1pOpDnKlwA6O0TiTcV6wdh9MwXx9rQcq6?usp=sharing
1. Meeting material
  • Agenda for the July 1 meeting
  • Minutes of the June 3meeting” 
  • Annual report and financial report
  • Project description 
2.COVID-19 (& FfD related) reading materials
 
3. Upcoming events and other updates (please email me information on any upcoming events to be posted )
 
Best,
 
Anita Thomas 
Chair, NGO Committee on Financing for Development,
A Substantive Committee of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the UN (CoNGO) 
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