Publication of the report of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council

The G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council has released its Recommendations for advancing gender equality and the empowerment of girls and women and Call to Action. The Advisory Council has identified 79 good practices in gender equality laws in 4 sectors (violence, economic empowerment, education and health, discrimination) and in all regions of the world. It calls on the leaders of the G7 and other countries to commit themselves, through the “Biarritz Partnership”, to adopt and implement progressive legislative frameworks for gender equality, drawing on its recommendations. In particular, it calls on the leaders to: End…

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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Is Driving Progress To Ease The Pain Of High Cancer Care Costs For Patients

The cost of cancer care continues to rise at an alarming rate and is projected to reach $173 billion by 2020, a 39 percent increase from a decade ago. A growing portion of these costs are being shifted to patients. As a result, some patients are delaying or even forgoing potentially lifesaving cancer treatment. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) calls on key healthcare stakeholders to make changes that would help offset these costs. While some important progress has been made to improve patients’ access to affordable, high-quality and stable…

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Enabling Sustainable Development through Sport: UNESCO’s Funshop on Sport and the SDGs

Seventy youth activists from across Asia-Pacific who are using sport for positive social transformations in their countries will converge in Seoul, Republic of Korea, for the 2019 Funshop on Sport and the SDGs, lasting from 5 to 8 September. Supported by Lee Seung-Yuop Baseball Foundation, the 2019 Funshop will demonstrate what it means for sport to be “an important enabler of sustainable development.” Through structured exchanges that will draw on their own experiences, as well as capacity-building modules delivered by experienced facilitators, the youth will gain a deeper understanding of…

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New Fairtrade Code aims to strengthen global governance and accountability

The General Assembly of Fairtrade International has unanimously voted to adopt a new code of ethics and good practice aimed at strengthening and aligning governance, accountability and responsible behaviour across Fairtrade operations globally. Increased scrutiny of the international development sector has led many organisations to review and strengthen policies and procedures on ethical issues ranging from safeguarding of vulnerable children and adults to fraud and corruption, and whistleblowing.  In this context, the code lays out ten key principles to ensure Fairtrade organisations deliver on our values of accountability, respect, integrity…

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The Legacy of the Refugee Olympic Team Rio 2016 Lives on Through the Olympic Refuge Foundation

When the first-ever Refugee Olympic Team competed in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, it signalled the beginning of a remarkable and crucial set of initiatives which have thrown a lifeline to tens of thousands of refugees forced to flee their homes. The 10 athletes competing under the Olympic flag at Rio 2016 captured the world’s attention through their bravery, courage and athletic skill, and another Refugee Olympic Team is set to participate in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Just as importantly, the Refugee Olympic Team Rio 2016 provided the impetus…

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