The Hungarian government has put in place supportive, stable, targeted and flexible social and family policies to protect women's rights, said a Hungarian UN envoy here on Friday. Speaking at the on-going 63 Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW-63), Katalin Bogyay, Hungary's permanent representative to the United Nations, said her country has doubled its budget for family policy in the past 8 years.

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The event was livestreamed through socialprotection.org and it is possible to watch the recorded sessions here.

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Innovations in social protection financing: Impact Bonds

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Ireland’s Department of Social Protection (DSP) confirmed reports that it uses biometric processing and facial recognition technologies as a part of its public services card (PSC) program.

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A group of local authorities that provide and commission adult social care services have been awarded £4.5 million to support the roll out of projects using digital technology.

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The rolling transport strikes that crippled Paris through much of December and January have stopped, as empty pay packets post-Christmas took their toll. Instead there has been a change of tactic, with the more radical unions now planning sporadic days of action. President Emmanuel Macron's bid to radically overhaul the post-war pension system reaches the National Assembly on Monday, ahead of a long period of debate. For the government, the pressure from the street has clearly diminished, even though the protests still draw tens of thousands.

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The first of a series of expert meetings for 2020 on social protection options in various future-climate scenarios was held in London yesterday. Systems for managing risk “are already being profoundly restructured” because of climate change, organizers said, and many agencies are recognizing the importance of adaptable social protection that can respond to shocks in dealing with its consequences.

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INTERVIEW:  Voters in canton Aargau have decided to deny Swiss passports to people who have received welfare assistance in the last ten years. Creating this additional hurdle portrays social assistance in a poor light, says one expert. Ingrid Hess, spokeswoman for the Cantonal Conference for Social Welfare (SKOS), fears that this will further stigmatise welfare aid. Already, there are people who reject help out of shame, she tells swissinfo.ch.

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