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Disability rights in Higher Education Programs: The case of medical schools and other…

Publication date: Available online 8 September 2017 Source:Social Science & Medicine Author(s): Anastasia Liasidou, Katerina Mavrou Recognising and respecting the human rights of persons with disabilities constitutes an integral element of a democratic society.

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Call for Global Open Consultations on the United Nations Cybersecurity Norms Proposal

ICT4Peace is honoured to have been invited to co-launch with Leiden University’s Program for Cyber Norms, the global open consultation on how to implement the United Nations’ Group of Governmental Experts’ Recommendations on Responsible State Behaviour in Cyberspace. Please find our Call for commentary and implementation guidelines on norms proposed in UN GGE 2015 report here.

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How will we know if the SDGs are having any impact?

As long time readers of the blog will know, I’ve been a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) sceptic since long before they were even agreed. However, I’ve been hearing a fair amount about them recently – people telling me that governments North and South, companies and city administrations are using them to frame public commitments and planning and reporting against them. So maybe it’s time to …

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ICT4Peace presents Tech Against Terrorism project at OSCE in Vienna

ICT4Peace Foundation introduces the UN CTED-ICT4Peace Tech Against Terrorism Project at 2017 OSCE-wide Counter-Terrorism Conference On 23-24 May 2017 David Cliff and Daniel Stauffacher of ICT4Peace were invited to participate in the 2017 OSCE-wide Counter-Terrorism Conference on “Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization that Lead to Terrorism”. Hundreds of representatives of governments, civil society, and academia attended the Hofburg Palace in the heart of the Austrian capital. David Cliff spoke on the first day and introduced the UN CTED-ICT4Peace – Tech Against Terrorism project (www.techagainstterrorismproject.org), explaining to the hall that there are currently three main strands of the newly created project underway: In 2017 UN CTED and ICT4Peace are organising workshops especially for tech startup companies in London in partnership with Facebook, Google, Twitter, Microsoft and others and plan to extend this work beyond the UK in due course including other locations in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas, to address the issue of preventing the use of ICTs for terrorist purposes; The project will also facilitate the provision of operational support to technology startups on both the technical and legal aspects (e.g

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ICT4Peace on ICTs and Human Rights Protection

ICT4Peace was invited by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHRs) to participate in the consultations on its Management Plan 2018-2021. The comments of ICT4Peace’s Sanjana Hattotuwa in response to the questions posed by OHCHR can be found here and are as the follows: I. From your perspective what are the challenges and opportunities for positive human rights change in the current global context?

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Policy on #HIV related travel restrictions adopted by @WFPHA_FMASP at #WCPH2017 now posted

After APHA adopted its permanent policy statement on HIV-related immigration restrictions that we submitted at last year’s Annual Meeting, the IH Section worked with APHA’s WFPHA liaison, Dr. Deborah Klein-Walker, to submit a corresponding policy proposal on behalf of APHA to the World Federation of Public Health Associations, which held its 15th World Congress on Public Health this month in Melbourne, Australia. The proposal was accepted and passed by the WFPHA Policy Committee at the meeting, and has now been posted the website (PDF). The text of the policy (excluding references) is below. Scientific evidence and treatment needed to combat the spread of HIV – not ineffective travel bans Submitted by the American Public Health Association (Contact person D

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The Relevancy of the United Nations and Multilateralism in an Increasingly Unilateral World

The League of Nations was created after the first World War in order “to promote international cooperation and to achieve peace and security.” Sadly, the League proved to be ineffective and failed to prevent the second World War. The League was eventually replaced by the United Nations. In 1950, after the second World War, representatives from 50 different countries met in San Francisco to create the United Nations charter which binds its members to commit to maintaining international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations, and promote social progress, better living standards, and human rights. The charter was eventually signed by 51 countries and its membership has now grown to include 193 countries. The United Nations and its extended family of funds, programs and specialized agencies have had countless successes over the years, evident in the 11 Nobel Peace Prizes they have won.

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APHA Component letter to @UNAIDS: South Korea’s #HIV immigration restrictions

After two years, two APHA policy statements (one interim and one permanent), dozens of e-mails (and perhaps just as many drops of blood, sweat, and tears), and a few phone calls, we have finally sent a letter to UNAIDS urging it to revoke its recognition of South Korea’s status as a country without any HIV restrictions – until it actually produces and enforces policies that actually reflect that status. Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Laura Altobelli, our Section Chair; Mona Bormet, our Advocacy/Policy Committee’s policy coordinator; and all of the Components who signed on to this hard-won letter (and the policy proposals that led up to it): Disability Section HIV/AIDS Section Population, Reproductive, and Sexual Health Section Asian Pacific Islander Caucus Caucus on Refugee and Immigrant Health LGBT Caucus of Public Health Professionals Human Rights Forum If there is one thing I have learned through this odyssey, it is that the work of advocacy is exhausting. It takes the old adage of “marathon not sprint” to a whole new level.

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Future of Conflict Minerals murky under Trump administration

You’ve likely heard the term “blood diamonds.”  Also known as “conflict diamonds,” these precious stones have helped fund civil wars and contributed to some 3.7 million deaths in Angola, Sierra Leone, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) according to an Amnesty International report. The term “conflict minerals” doesn’t have quite the same ring, nor a titular film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, but they are at the center of a recently leaked memo from the White House.  The memo seeks to dismantle the Conflict Minerals Rule in the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Protection Act.  Under Dodd-Frank, companies had to disclose whether or not their products contain minerals mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo or a neighboring country.  The reason to withdraw this clause that valued human life over electronics

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Tech Against Terrorism launches to build bridges between technology companies and governments

(BRUSSELS) A new initiative launches this week at RightsCon to help tech startups counter the use of technology to support terrorism. Tech Against Terrorism, a joint project between The United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) and the Swiss NGO ICT4Peace will provide them with tools and tactics, the ability to learn from each other, and global networking and other opportunities to engage with governments more effectively. Tech businesses are under pressure to prevent their platforms from being used for terrorist purposes, and to provide access to law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

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Women, Technology & Partnerships – Countering Terrorist use of the Internet

ICT4Peace in cooperation with UN CTED and the Secdev Foundation co-hosted a conference on “Women, Technology & Partnerships – Countering Terrorist use of the Internet” in Ottawa, Canada. This event was supported by the Government of Canada and CIC National Capital Branch, and is part of the UNCTED/ICT4Peace current global engagement project working with industry, and key stakeholders to develop community standards around the prevention of violent extremism online consistent with UN principles, including the Universal declaration of human rights. The program can be found here and also below.

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Broken Lives: A Health Crisis in Palestine

Muhammad Ashiq, Creative Commons

The Arabic word samoud means steadfast perseverance. However, the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip Read More

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To fight discrimination, we need to fill the LGBTI data gap

Despite some progress in the past two decades, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people continue to face widespread discrimination and exclusion around the world. Many of them suffer from punitive laws and policies, social stigma, and even violence. They may also be subject to lower educational attainment, higher unemployment rates, poorer health outcomes, as well as unequal access to housing, finance, and social services. As a result, LGBTI people are likely overrepresented in the bottom 40% of the population. The adverse impacts on the health and economic wellbeing of LGBTI groups—as well as on economies and societies at large—tell us one thing: exclusion and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) is a serious development issue

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Personal and political histories in the designing of health reform policy in Bolivia

Publication date: March 2017 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 177 Author(s): Alissa Bernstein While health policies are a major focus in disciplines such as public health and public policy, there is a dearth of work on the histories, social contexts, and personalities behind the development of these policies.

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