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Over the past week, the Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission, United Nations Development Programme and European Union organised six events across Fiji to facilitate and nurture the culture of human rights in Fiji and to raise awareness of access to justice reaching out to 516 people, with 85% reached being from outside of Suva.

In northern Laos, poverty incidence remains high particularly among minority populations living in remote upland areas. In Oudomxay Province, 55% of Children under 5 years are stunted, and 47% of the households have no access to improved sanitation. The poorest villages rely on shifting cultivation due to limited areas of lowlands and have a high dependency towards natural resources and forests use. Communities have to address challenging issues: depletion of natural resources, pressure and reduction of available lands, transition of extensive- subsistence led model to market oriented systems

The implementation of the international conventions and national laws to protect and combat violence against women and children remains a challenge. Domestic violence still considers as family matter and should not be discussed because of its impact on a family’s reputation. Women are still reluctant to report the incidents due to fear or shame and a weak judicial system. A pervasive lack of capacity to address the problem cuts across government, civil society, law enforcement, judiciary, and village elders responsible for the customary. This leaves women vulnerable to GBV.

WIPO - 27th session of the Standing Committee on the Law of Patents
Geneva, 11–15 December 2017
EU Statement: Patents and health (SCP/27/6, SCP/27/8)

The EU Delegation to the UN in Geneva was awarded this year's Geneva Engage Award in the category "Permanent Missions".

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