Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development


Income inequalities in Europe "shocking"

The Chairperson of the Sub-Committee on the European Social Charter, Tuur Elzinga stressed that "in many European countries, the state of income inequalities is shocking and leads to a marginalisation of certain categories of the population". More

Committee calls for withdrawal of ‘discriminatory’ draft text on people with mental health problems

A committee has called for the withdrawal of a draft Council of Europe legal text on the involuntary placement and treatment of people with mental health problems on the ground that its basic premise is “discriminatory”. More

World ‘woefully ill-prepared’ for future international health crises

A committee has called for urgent exploration of new ways of facing international health crises – including an “empowered, well-governed and accountable” WHO and efficient national health systems. More

A road-map for preventing the radicalisation of children

PACE’s Social Affairs Committee, meeting in Paris, has spelled out a series of measures to prevent the radicalisation of children by fighting the root causes of what may draw them towards violent extremism. More

A report on the human rights and ethics of surrogacy to be considered in Paris

A report on “human rights and ethical issues related to surrogacy” is due to be discussed – and possibly adopted – by the Committee on Social Affairs at a meeting in Paris on Tuesday 15 March. More

PACE rapporteur welcomes steps by WHO to increase access to affordable medicines

Liliane Maury Pasquier (Switzerland, SOC) “I took note with great interest of steps taken by WHO with a view to increasing the accessibility of affordable and innovative medicines,” said Liliane Maury Pasquier (Switzerland, SOC), at the end of a visit to WHO headquarters in Geneva on 15 February. More