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United Nations adopts Two Landmark Global Compacts on Migrants and on Refugees

04 April 2019
Health workers caring for refugees

In December 2018, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the UN Global Compact for Migration and the UN Global Compact on Refugees. The compacts were adopted after two years of intensive consultations and negotiations. PSI actively engaged in advocacy and lobbying during these processes and welcomed their adoption.

WHO, ILO and OECD Launch the International Platform on Health Worker Mobility

04 April 2019
Participants at the launch of the international platform on Health Worker Mobility

The World Health Organization (WHO), International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) jointly launched the International Platform on Health Worker Mobility, in a first meeting held on 13-14 September 2019 at the WHO Headquarters in Geneva.

2019 ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development follow-up (USA)

15 April, 2019 to 18 April, 2019

Submissions on proposed tax standards show overwhelming support for more corporate transparency

29 March 2019

Submissions on the Global Reporting Initiative’s proposed new tax Standards, made public today, show overwhelming support for increased corporate tax transparency, including from some of the largest institutional investors in the world.

Towards World Health Day 2019

25 March 2019

7 April has been celebrated since 1950 as World Health Day (WHD). This is to commemorate the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1947, and quite importantly to draw global attention to important issues in international health. WHO provides institutional leadership for WHD as a global health awareness day. This includes setting a theme.

22 March - Water for all... no exception

20 Mar 2019

As we celebrate World Water Day one week after the successful global students strike for climate, similarities between the two events find an echo in the frustration with political systems which refuse to address obvious and urgent needs of the people.

Human rights to water and sanitation lead the way to leaving no one behind, says UN expert

21 March 2019

The call to action comes from Léo Heller, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation.

Stand up for Human Rights and Dignity for All

20 Mar 2019

In 1966, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 21 March as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to commemorate the 1960 Sharpeville massacre in South Africa. An event that led to the killing of 69 blacks and more than 180 wounded, after police fired on a crowd of anti-apartheid protesters. 59 years have passed, and not much has changed.

Handbook: Addressing violence and harassment against women in the world of work

21 Mar 2019

All women and men have the right to live and work free from violence and harassment. However, while this is generally accepted, violence and harassment remains pervasive throughout the world of work. It affects all jobs, sectors and occupations. It has serious consequences for workers, their families and communities, as well as for enterprises’ reputations and productivity.

Trade agreements put our right to water at risk

20 March 2019
Access to tap water in unequal between the poor and the rich in Jakarta.

Trade agreements like the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) are designed to make it easier for foreign multinational corporations to invest and do business. In doing so, they put the rights of citizens and workers second to profits. Read an Op-Ed by Abdul Somad, president of PSI affiliate Jakarta Water Workers’ Union (SP PDAM Jakarta).