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|Newsletter September 2018 | ||
I.MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF CoNGO
1. MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF CoNGO
We cannot overlook the fact that 2018 is also the 70th Anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the foundation stone of democracy and the rule of law, and a guiding light for many generations past and future. If there is one thing I have understood from my years with CoNGO (not only as President but previously as First Vice President and earlier Secretary of the CoNGO Board) it is that human rights, democracy and the rule of law are indissociable, and that we must defend and promote them at all times and in all places.
This issue of the CoNGO E-NEWSLETTER has been processed by Adriana Seefried. While she was a student in Germany, Adriana was a much appreciated programme assistant in the CoNGO Geneva Office from May to September 2013 and has remained in interested contact ever since. Although full-time employed in Berlin, Adriana generously donated her time and competence to the production of this NEWSLETTER, including coming to Geneva for the purpose. I state loudly our deep gratitude to her: this type of exemplary volunteer service is a foundation of the non-governmental world, of exceptional value particularly to those NGOs – such as CoNGO – that are constantly living under financial constraints. THANK YOU, ADRIANA! CR
III.CIVIL SOCIETY NEWS & UPCOMING UN EVENTS
CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS AND SPECIALISTS PLEDGE TO ADDRESS THE PLIGHT OF PEOPLE ON THE MOVE IN EUROPE AND THE MENA REGION THROUGH THE ADOPTION OF A GENEVA DECLARATION
The panel debate addressed the adverse impact of cross-border movement resulting from war-related insecurity and climate change. Violence and insecurity as well as climate change induced migration have adversely affected millions of people in the MENA region and have become issues of high importance for the countries in that region and in Europe. The debate offered a timely opportunity to address these issues in its Europe-Middle Eastern interactive dimensions rather than through focusing on the two regions separately.
OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE (ODA) 2016: The NGO think-tank "Development Initiatives" has produced the following information.
EUROPEAN UNION AGENCY FOR FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS (FRA)
Given the vital role civil society plays in upholding democratic processes and in promoting human rights, the report calls on decision makers to ensure the important work of civil society is not undermined through policy and legal changes and funding cuts.
NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR AGING CARE’S GUIDE ON ELDER ABUSE:
Every month, one in 10 older adults worldwide experience some form of abuse. But with only 1 in 24 cases of elder abuse reported, the true figures are likely to be much greater. And with an increasing aging population in the United States and beyond, so will be the problem. By 2050, the global population of people aged 60 and older is predicted will more than double, from 900 million in 2015 to about 2 billion.
Experts report that knowledge about elder abuse lags as much as two decades behind the fields of child abuse and domestic violence. Limited past research means limited data to guide practitioners, policymakers, and trainers. What we do know now is alarming: elders who experience a form of abuse, even modest abuse, have a reported 300% higher risk of death. Even verbal abuse has been linked to seniors’ physical health issues and well-being.
With resource constraints in a constantly aging population, a once-hidden problem will be impossible to overlook. But as more studies come to light – and as state Adult Protective Services data show an uptick in the reporting of incidents – elder abuse has emerged as an important social public health issue. But whatever the statistics for the U.S. and beyond, researchers do agree that elder abuse is an epidemic.
What Is Elder Abuse?
Who is at risk at Elder Abuse?
Abusive home caregivers, like their victims, come from all walks of life. They range from the cruel and uncaring to the well-intentioned and overwhelmed. Many factors come into play: mental health, finances, lack of respite from constant responsibility, dysfunctional family dynamics, even lack of certainty about what an elderly family member wants.
How Prevalent is Elder Abuse?
Even in community settings, it is impossible to know for sure how many seniors are being victimized. Some professionals miss signs of elder abuse because of lack of awareness or limited training on detecting abuse. The victim may not speak up for fear of retaliation, because they do not want to cause trouble for a relative, or due to a lack of physical and/or cognitive ability to communicate.
This is particularly problematic with dementia patients. Research indicates that this population is at greater risk of elder abuse. Impaired in memory, communication abilities, and judgment, they often cannot or will not report problems. Among studies of cases that are reported, the figures of dementia sufferers who experienced abuse range from 27.5% to 55%. One 2010 study found that 88.5% of participants with dementia experienced psychological abuse, 29.5% were neglected, and 19.7% suffered physical abuse. Several other studies confirm that as dementia progresses, so does the risk of all types of abuse.
GLOBAL SOCIAL OBSERVATORY (GSO) HAS CLOSED DOWN
IV.UN NEWS & UPCOMING UN EVENTS
Consultations with NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC regarding the evolving relationship between the NGOs and the United Nations
–"How can the process of applying for consultative status be facilitated and improved? How can it be made more open and transparent?
INTERNATIONAL DECADE FOR ACTION "WATER FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT" - 2018-2028
INTERNET GOVERNANCE FORUM
The Internet Governance Forum, a UN-based mechanism that brings together multiple Internet stakeholders (intergovernmental, governmental, business, academia, civil society) held its 12th annual meeting in Geneva in December 2017. The Forum is an "extra-budgetary project" of the UN Secretary-General, dependent on funding and donations to its trust fund.
V.FROM THE ARCHIVES
The following extracts from a speech in 2005 by the then UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, to the UN 2005 World Summit are just as relevant in 2018. CR
"Turning Strangers into Friends: hospitality, mercy, justice"
CoNGO’s 70th Anniversary!
Theme: "Environmental and community sustainability: Human solutions in evolving society" (Also marking the 90th anniversary of the first international conference on social work, Paris, 1928)
Annual Conference, LUISS University, Rome.
Partner organizations: Unitarian Universalist Association, United Religions Initiative, United Church of Christ, Religions for Peace.
NB: The Nightingale Initiative for Global Health (NIGH) has proposed a "Nightingale 2020 Vision" linked to the SDGs.
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