Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development


Declaring clean air a basic human right, committee slams diesel as a ‘public health disaster’

Declaring clean air as “a basic human right”, PACE's Social Affairs Committee has urged states to reverse policies which favour or tolerate diesel vehicles, declaring them “a disaster from a public health perspective”. More

Donostia/San Sebastián (Spain), city awarded the 2019 Europe Prize

The 2019 Europe Prize, which is awarded each year by the PACE to the town most active in promoting the European ideal, has been awarded to Donostia/San Sebastián. More

A plan for creating safe, green and socially inclusive cities

The Social Committee has spelled out the essential steps Europe’s cities should take to build inclusive and sustainable urban communities which fully meet a key UN development goal. More

The implementation of the SDGs requires the mobilisation of parliaments and local communities

The Committee on Social Affairs highlighted the decisive role of parliaments, local and regional authorities, citizens and civil society – in particular young people – in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More

Basic income: a lever to create decent living conditions for all

“Social Justice Day is a moment to pause and think about what our society should do so that all citizens can enjoy decent living conditions. I am convinced that basic income can be part of the answer,” said Stefan Schennach. More

A committee recommends the waiving of anonymity for all future human gamete donations

“Anonymity should be waived for all future human gamete donations in Europe”, the Committee on Social Affairs, said, adopting a draft recommendation with a view to a debate in the Assembly’s next session. More