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July 22, 2021 | 5:00 am -

The Argentine Ministry of Social Development has been carrying out, with support from the European Union EUROsociAL+ programme, an initiative to strengthen the National Argentina Against Hunger Plan (PACH), through technical assistance activities and exchange with international experiences from Latin America and Europe that: (i) strengthen the implementation of the Plan; (ii) improve the food production and marketing component of the PACH and (iii) design adaptations to the component to the reality of post-pandemic events; in addition, (iv) facilitating the institutionalisation of inter-institutional and jurisdictional coordination with other civil society actors.

As part of this initiative, the Ministry of Social Development undertook, together with the European Union EUROsociAL+ programme and other international organisations, a series of meetings to exchange and reflect on social policies and especially food policies. This Dialogue lies within this series, and expects to contribute, through sharing different perspectives, to identifying the main challenges and opportunities that arise around the production and marketing of food.

July 21, 2021 | 4:00 pm -

The spaces for dialogue between judicial institutions in Europe and Latin America promote good practices for a digitalised justice capable of dealing with cases of gender violence. In this sense, the Council of the Judiciary in Ecuador and the EUROsociAL+ programme organise the European Union-Latin America exchange webinar “Online trials in cases of gender violence”, which, in addition, seeks to guarantee compliance with judicial processes through the use of technological tools with a gender perspective.

This international meeting will delve into topics such as implementing the virtual module of protection measures in the national system; the Report by the Ibero-American Judicial Summit on COVID-19 and the administration of justice in the region; technology, criminal process, hearings and oral trials and the diagnosis of innovative practices for carrying out online trials in cases of gender violence. During this webinar, specific experiences such as the cases of Spain, the Dominican Republic or Chile will also be addressed.

July 14, 2021 | 3:00 pm -

The COVID-19 health emergency has caused and/or deepened economic and social crises to differing degrees depending on the country, affecting in particular the population that was already the most vulnerable before the pandemic. Both in Latin American countries and in Europe, emergency measures have been taken to get food to people, but we know that the fight against hunger is not limited to these. The right to healthy food in the required quantity and quality requires a food security policy that considers the global regulation of agri-food systems, production chains, economies and social life dynamics in different territories and in each country.

The Argentine Ministry of Social Development implemented, together with the European Union EUROsociAL+ programme and other international organisations, an round of meetings for exchange and reflection on social policies and especially food policies, which includes this high-level dialogue, to share reflections on food security matters in both Europe and Latin America.

July 8, 2021 | 9:00 am Costa Rica - 5:00 pm Brussels

The analysis of results seeks to make visible the support provided by EUROsociAL+ to Costa Rica’s public policy reforms, as well as the main results and contributions achieved by Costa Rican institutions and the European Union in the framework of the Cooperation Programme for the Improvement of Social Cohesion in Latin America.

After 15 years of working in the region and in the country, the technical report shows that EUROsociAL continues to be a relevant and pertinent instrument for promoting policies that affect the main inequality gaps in both areas, under a multidimensional, complementary and inclusive approach that leaves no one behind. EUROsociAL’s action in Costa Rica has achieved significant sectoral and institutional coverage, allowing the three public powers to be brought together under the same cooperation programme, while promoting citizen participation both in policy construction and in access to new and/or better public services.

This event wants to bring together the institutions involved in this process, in addition to all those Latin American and EU institutions that participate in the design, implementation and evaluation of public policies in any field. Likewise, this meeting is open to participation by anyone with an interest in the matter.

June 1, 2021 | 5:00 pm Bruselas - 11:00 am Chile

The homeless population is growing, social differences are sharpening in the midst of a global crisis that requires a serious response from governments. Since 2018 Chile has led with the installation of a social policy based on housing as the first step to end the homeless situation, by allying itself with different countries in the region.

In this context, authorities in the field are summoned to participate in the high-level international Webinar entitled “Housing First in Times of Pandemic: a strategy to end the homeless situation”, which will take place next Tuesday, 1 June, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Chile/5:00 p.m. CET.

This meeting is organised by the European Union Programme EUROsociAL+ and the Ministry of Social Development and Family of Chile, which is part of the “Support in the installation of a new national strategy to overcome the homeless situation, implementing the Housing First model in Chile” project. The main objective is to share the results of the international experiences of Housing First in times of pandemic, emphasising the Chilean and Latin American context, in order to inspire and engage different public and private actors in the sustainability of these solutions.

The Governments of Chile, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Brazil, Paraguay, Colombia and Argentina, along with social organisations, politicians, businessmen and key actors in the housing sector, have all been summoned to share their reflections on their experience and what they have learnt.

May 26, 2021 | 9:00 am Colombia - 4:00 pm Bruselas

In these moments of crisis, there is a greater demand for leadership by the central state and sub-national levels, together with the need for clear frameworks of action and coordination that adequately respond to the systemic nature of the health and socio-economic impact, implementing measures that help to overcome it. With a view to an effective recovery, the role of the state, as a strategic coordinator and balancing mechanism of different capacities and interests, is fundamental for the coordination of long-range processes that ensure social cohesion and prosperity in accordance with democratic principles and international commitments on gender equality.

The territorial approach in policies and actions developed in the context of socio-economic recovery is essential for national policies to provide a framework and promote development and the economy in the territories, and, in a broader sense, a better quality of urban life.

The LAC-EU Roundtable promoted by the current Presidency of MINURVI (Assembly of Ministers and Highest Authorities in Housing and Urban Development of Latin America and the Caribbean), with the support of EUROsociAL+, the European Union’s programme for social cohesion in Latin America in association with UN Habitat seeks to exchange experiences, strategies and approaches between the two regions to face the socio-economic crisis derived from the pandemic, addressing the contribution from urban and territorial development, as well as from housing and the construction sector, to socio-economic recovery responses in cities.

The meeting is structured in two sessions:

  • Wednesday, 26 May 2021 (09:00 Colombia-16:00 Brussels):Ministerial round table.

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  • Thursday, 27 May (08:45 Colombia-15:45 Brussels): Technical round table

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May 25, 2021 | 11:00 am Chile - 5:00 pm Bélgica

The two sessions of the “Gender and Constitution” round table are part of the “Chile-European Union Round Table” seminar cycle organised by the European Union Delegation in Chile, the Chamber of Deputies of Chile, the Chilean Agency for International Cooperation (AGCID) and the Library of National Congress, with the support of the European Union’s EUROsociAL+ programme.

Throughout this encounter, some of the main unknowns and good practices articulated in relation to challenges posed today for public powers in the international arena will be put forward and discussed in depth. This is a result of the need to move forward with regards achieving, consolidating and maintaining sustainability.

The round table meeting is structured in two sessions:

  • Tuesday, 25 May 2021 (11:00 Santiago de Chile-17:00 Brussels).

SESSION 1: The State’s promotion of sustainable development: economic model and social cohesion.

See session recording

  • Thursday, 27 May 2021 (11:00 Santiago de Chile-17:00 Brussels).

SESSION 2: Rights linked to sustainable economic development.

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May 20, 2021 | 12:00 pm Argentina - 5:00 pm Bélgica

The Argentinian Ministry of Health, together with the European Union’s EUROsociAL+ programme, are promoting the formulation of a national standard that provides general operating conditions for residences for the elderly with a human rights perspective. The definition of this standard is proposed as a process of federal construction and inter-institutional coordination.To this end, this workshop has been organised in which international social and health public policy experiences that respond to situations of dependency, especially with regard to long-term services, will be presented. In this regard, the presentation of the European expert Lourdes Bermejo is valuable, given her background in this field. The construction of the regulatory framework for residences for the elderly in Uruguay as a component of the progressive care system and the role of the Ministry of Health in coordination with the First Level of Care will also be analysed. To comment on the main achievements and challenges, we will be joined by two representatives from the country.Meanwhile, given that the Argentine Ministry of Women, Gender and Diversity is working on the legislative design of a national care system, it is appropriate to know more about the section dedicated to the elderly. We therefore invited Lucia Cirmi, National Director of Care at the Ministry of Women, Gender and Diversity to take part.This workshop is aimed at national and provincial officials from the ministries of health, social development and other significant areas of our country, with competence and interest in the subject of older people.

May 13, 2021 | 4:00 pm Bruselas - 11:00 am Buenos Aires

One year ago, the International Labor Organization, the European Union’s EUROsociAL+ programme and the Argentinian Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security decided to join forces and work together to develop a series of virtual forums for dialogue and exchange on measures that, in terms of health and safety at work, countries were adopting in the face of COVID-19, both at the most critical moment of the crisis and for the reactivation of production and the economy, and for the recovery of employment.

The round table meetings focused on four economic sectors that have been especially affected by the crisis – construction, transport, domestic work and wholesale markets, the common thread of each encounter being occupational health and safety measures, the role of social dialogue and the sectoral agreements reached.

The publication presented today systematises the national responses shared at these sessions, as well as a series of reflections on the lessons learnt during the pandemic and the challenges facing occupational health and safety in the future.

 

May 12, 2021 | 11:00 am Santiago de Chile - 5:00 pm Bruselas

The two sessions of the “Gender and Constitution” round table are part of the “Chile-European Union Round Table” seminar cycle organised by the European Union Delegation in Chile, the Chamber of Deputies of Chile, the Chilean Agency for International Cooperation (AGCID) and the Library of National Congress, with the support of the European Union’s EUROsociAL+ programme.

Throughout this meeting, which will take place over two sessions, some of the best European and Chilean experiences will be presented and discussed at length. The male-orientated roots of the State will be addressed, as will the structural dimensions of discrimination based on gender and its democratic citizenship. The latter will take the form of questioning one of the constitutive elements of a State designed by and for a small fraction of the population made up of men. Meanwhile, the debate will focus on the need to build a state based on parity.

The two sessions of this encounter will therefore have a common objective: the urgent need to imbue the future Chilean Constitution with a cross-cutting gender approach, permeating all its content, in order to debate the specific contributions that can be expected as a result.

The round table will be structured in two sessions (with the same registration link for both):

  • Tuesday, 11 May 2021 (11:00 Santiago de Chile-17:00 Brussels). SESSION I: Rule of law and gender discrimination. See session recording
  • Wednesday 12 May 2021 (11:00 Santiago de Chile-17:00 Brussels). SESSION II: The constitutionalisation of women’s experience as citizens See session recording