Solidarity of NGOs Facing the Pandemic

Part One in the "Solidarity of NGOs Facing the Pandemic" blog series by Evelyne Para, SI UN Representative at UNESCO. The unprecedented COVID-19 crisis affects all citizens of our planet - health, economic, social, cultural and humanitarian, and particularly those with increased vulnerability. At the heart of this crisis, the

CSocD59: The First Virtual Civil Society Forum (CSF)

Blog by Allie Liu, SI Communications & Advocacy Assistant. As the 59th Session of the Commission of Social Development (CSocD59) commenced at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York, the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Committee on CSocD held the first virtual Civil Society Forum (CSF). Along with opening and closing

Human Rights During a Pandemic: Another Casuality

Special Advisor to Advocacy Linda Witong reports. "A new report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights [1] reveals how the current multifaceted COVID-19 crisis has both exposed and amplified the strong human rights inequalities that have existed between women or girls and race, age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status,

UNESCO’s Regional Expert Consultations Against Gender Stereotypes

Blog by Marie-Christine Griers, SI UN Representative, Paris On 11 January, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Culture Organisation (UNESCO) held the first edition in its webinar series, 'Regional Expert Consultations against Gender Stereotypes'. Targeted at decision-makers, academic and scientific communities, NGOs and civil society, the discussion in this first

Women and Health

In a continuation of the SI series of blogs on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action we discuss the gains and losses seen in women’s health. “The right to the highest attainable standard of health is broadly recognised as a fundamental human right. The Beijing Declaration and Platform for


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