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Ion Jinga, Permanent Representative of Romania to the UN, elected Chair of the Commission on Population and Development

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On Friday, 7 April, the Permanent Representative of Romania to the UN, Ambassador Ion Jinga was elected as Chair of the 51st session of the Commission on Population and Development. The elections took place at the closure of the 50th session of the Commission, New York, 3-7 April.

In his intervention, Ambassador Ion Jinga stressed that over the last 50 years of continuous work, the Commission on Population and Development carried on the implementation of bolded and vast policies and programs focused on people, women and men, girls and boys, and particularly on the most marginalized and vulnerable categories of individuals.

He underlined the forward looking character of the Cairo International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action and commended the activity of the Commission on Population and Development to support the advancement of the ICPD agenda across many of its most vital areas – in poverty reduction, girls’ education, maternal and child mortality, access to sexual and reproductive health services, including family planning, protection of reproductive rights, and many other areas of the Programme of Action.

The Romanian Permanent Representative highlighted the top priority of the implementation of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, in conjunction with the ICPD Programme of Action for the eradication of poverty in all its forms and dimensions, in order to promote, respect and fulfil gender equality and empowerment of women and girls, human rights, to promote equal opportunities for all, to combat all forms of discrimination, to foster social integration for marginalized groups on an equal basis with others and to enforce legislation, policies and action based on human rights for all in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and to ensure that we are leaving no one behind.

He praised the activity of the United Nations Fund on Population (UNFPA) in the world and stressed the importance of paying attention to the areas of shortfall in the implementation of the Programme of Action, the necessity to increase of resources at all levels, particularly in the education and health sectors, to provide inclusive and equitable and quality education at all levels, so that all people may have access to lifelong learning opportunities. He addressed the problem of women being the great victims of poverty, of conflict, of violations of human rights in different parts of the world, and emphasized the importance to give priority to the protection of women in these circumstances and to the empowerment of women.

Referring to the special theme of the next year session “Sustainable cities, human mobility and international migration”, he recalled the importance of the implementation of the New Urban Agenda, adopted on 21 October 2016, in Quito, that aims to make cities better planned and managed in order to promote a sustainable urbanization, as cities and towns, which will constitute up to 70 per cent of the world population by 2050, will be the engine for sustainable growth in the future. Those urbanized cities are the right of everyone, women, children, youth, elder, migrants.

The Commission on Population and Development is a functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the UN. The Bureau members of the Commission are elected for a 1 year cycle.

Romania has the second consecutive mandate as a member of the Commission on Population and Development for 2018-2021.

 

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Head of Romanian EPP MEPs responds to S&D Group leader: Treat Romania differently. You cannot compare PSD’s attacks against the rule of law with EPP Government measures

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The actions undertaken against the rule of law by the former Social-Democrat governments in Romania cannot be compared with recent measures announced by the centre-right government, member of EPP family, says MEP Rareș Bogdan, head of the Romanian delegation within the EPP Group in the European Parliament.

In an exclusive statement for CaleaEuropeană.ro, Bogdan responded to critics drawn by Iratxe Garcia, leader of the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament. In a Twitter post earlier on Monday, Garcia said EPP Romanian government should take note of Venice Commission, which prohibits changing the electoral law one year ahead of the elections.

The Spaniard MEP advised the Romanian Government against going the ”same path as Poland and Hungary” in ”undermining the rule of law”.

In his reaction, Rareș Bogdan mentioned that we would ask for a discussion with ”Mrs. Garcia to clarify that her statement was made without knowing the reality in Romania and the steps taken by the Orban government”.

“I think there is no bad will, but a simply less unfortunate information about the situation in Romania”, he replied.

”There is no term of comparison” between PSD and PNL, said Bogdan, ”although both parties are from Romania”.

”You cannot compare the continuous attack of PSD against Romania’s strategic partnerships with the EU and the US, against the rule of law (…) with the natural, logical and normal proposal of PNL, using constitutional tools, to introduce a two rounds vote for the local elections in June 2020. The purpose of our proposal is to enhance the representativeness and legitimacy of the elected local politician. By introducing a two rounds election we do not reduce, in any case, electoral rights”, explained the head of the Romanian delegation in the EPP Group.

Moreover, Rareș Bogdan asked that the situation in Romania to be treated ”differently”, considering Garcia’s comparison with the situations in Poland and Hungary.

“My request is that our colleagues in the European Parliament treat Romania as a different situation. Also, pay close attention to the statements of the leaders in Bucharest, led by President Klaus Iohannis and the right-wing Prime Minister Ludovic Orban, who have no connection with the statements made by Romanian officials at the head of the Government or Parliament in the period 2017-2019”, said Bogdan.

 

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Take part in the #EUCanBeatCancer campaign. EPP group urge the Member States to join forces and fight cancer together

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EPP Group, the largest political family in the European Parliament, is launching a cancer awareness campaign, the disease that causes one of four deaths in Europe.

Through #EUCanBeatCancer campaign, the EPP group calls for better cooperation between research centers in Europe, more money for cancer research, but also fair and accessible care across Europe for citizens.

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How can you get involved in the #EUCanBeatCancer campaign

You can join the 1537 citizens already registered in the campaign through 4 simple steps:

  1. You subscribe using the email address HERE
  2. Follow the #EUCanBeatCancer campaign on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
  3. Use the Twibbon  in the profile picture
  4. Draw the Twibbon symbol and post it in order to show support

Everyone has their own story about cancer, even European politicians or leaders:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to the World Health Organization, one third of cancers are preventable and half of the deaths could be prevented.

Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer in Romania and in many cases the disease is detected when it is already in an advanced stage.

According to the private health network, Regina Maria, in Romania, 80% of breast cancers are diagnosed in the advanced phase, a stage in which the treatment can not bring healing, but only prolong the survival.

Romania had the lowest rates  (0.2% of women aged 50-69 – 2015) in breast cancer screening.

 

Our multimedia platform – Calea Europeana – has joined the #EUCanBeatCancer campaign. During the campaign informative articles will be published and we will keep you updated with the measures taken at European level to beat cancer.

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Citizens’ and Youth Agoras to be the cornerstone of the Conference on the Future of Europe, MEPs say

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Citizen and Youth meetings should set the tone for EU reform, according to the resolution adopted on Wednesday by the European Parliament, were MEPs propose establishing several Citizens’ and Youth Agoras under the Future of Europe Conference that should be launched on Europe Day 2020.

Following a debate with Dubravka Šuica, Commission Vice-President for Democracy and Demography and Nikolina Brnjac, representing the Croatian Presidency of the Council, Parliament adopted a resolution setting out its vision for the upcoming Conference on the Future of Europe with 494 votes for, 147 against and 49 abstentions.

MEPs want citizens to be at the core of broad discussions on how to tackle internal and external challenges that were not foreseen at the time of the Lisbon Treaty. People of all backgrounds, civil society representatives and stakeholders at European, national, regional and local level must be involved in setting the EU’s priorities in line with citizens’ concerns in a bottom-up, transparent, inclusive, participatory and well-balanced approach.

Parliament proposes establishing several Citizens’ Agoras (thematic fora of citizen representatives chosen randomly in line with proportionality and representativeness criteria), and at least two Youth Agoras, each comprising 200-300 citizens with a minimum of three per member state. Citizen representatives will discuss Agora conclusions at the Conference Plenary with MEPs and national parliament representatives, Council ministers, Commission Vice-Presidents and representatives of other EU institutions, bodies and social partners.

You can also read about Agora – Future of Europe concept launched in 2017 by CaleaEuropeană.ro and the EC Representation in Romania

In addition to high-level support from the presidents of the three main EU institutions, Parliament urges Council and Commission to commit to the possibility of treaty change. The adopted text also underlines that a permanent mechanism to engage citizens should be considered.

Parliament is the first among the three main EU institutions to adopt a position on the set-up and scope of the upcoming Conference. Negotiations with the Commission and the European Council should be concluded in time for the Conference to be launched on Europe Day 2020 (May 9) and run until summer 2022.

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