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News and truth
Both the US election campaign and the rise of populism and right wing extremism in Europe have highlighted a new trend. It seems that “I only believe what I want to believe” has become the motto for those who pretend to understand the motives of the traditional press in presenting ambiguous facts and figures. Biased news items have become the rule rather than the exception, threatening even trustworthy journalists’ and officials’ credibility. Although the “Aufklärung” or enlightenment trend hasn’t reached everybody, we are spotting developments that show it is on the increase. As we find ourselves in not exactly another cold war, but another ice-age in the EU-Russia relationship, disinformation has returned as a political weapon. The same is true of Syria, where a dictatorship is responsible for continuous violations of human rights. Even those who were convinced social media would counteract such tendencies are less certain of that now, as even 140 characters can be used for spreading disinformation.
Investment in the integration of migrants and refugees is key for a truly inclusive EU
More than 1 million people reached the EU last year in search of asylum. The EU is facing an unprecedented flow of migration which shows no sign of abating in the coming months. Against this background, two important debates are going on in the EU: one is about finding political solutions to tackle the refugee crisis; the other one is about how to better integrate refugees and migrants already present on EU territory.
The quest for dignity: towards universal social protection coverage
On the occasion of the 54th session of the Commission for Social Development, a side event by the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors - lead by ICSW, ILO, IASSW, and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung - will take place on 8 February in New York.
The side–event will highlight the role of National Social Protection Floors in implementing existing international human rights instruments, in contributing to the progressive realisation of Economic Social and Cultural Rights and implementing the Agenda 2030 on sustainable development where decent work and social protection for all figure in a prominent way (find the social protection related SDG targets here.
Social Progress Watch on poverty and social inclusion
The Social Progress Watch (SPW) initiative is a tool implemented by members and partners of SOLIDAR to monitor the commitment and progress made by national governments towards a more social and cohesive Europe. Through the SPW, SOLIDAR collects country reports on a yearly basis providing recommendations for upward social convergence as well as case studies presenting innovative and sustainable models to promote social inclusion, the social economy and quality job creation.