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1) Alleyne G, Beaglehole R, Bonita R (2014). Towards evidence based, quantitative Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. Lancet online September 19, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(14)61654-8

 

After the semi success or semi failure (a matter of points of view) of the Millenium Development Goals arriving at the end of 2015 with some success in the area of reduction of maternal and infant mortality as with many other unfulfilled promises, the United Nations must now propose the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. For now there are 17 goals and 169 targets that are in the pipeline but surely Governments must dramatically reduce this shopping list. With regard to the Goals for Health, the authors suggest consolidating previous areas of maternal and infant health and infectious diseases and to add as a new area that of non-communicable chronic diseases with the inclusion of mental illnesses. A general indicator of success is suggested, that would consist in the reduction of 40% of premature mortality in the three identified areas.

 


2) Graeber D. Democracy Project Il Saggiatore, Milan, 2014.

 


This is an essay written by a militant anthropologist. Graeber teaches Anthropology at the London School of Economics and was an activist of the movement Occupy Wall Street that in 2011 peacefully protested for two months on Wall Street against the dull and pervasive power of banks and finance. The gradual eclipse of industry and trade as generators of wealth and the pervasive influence of financial speculation results in an increase in the distance between the poor and rich, an increase in the number of the poor and the reduction of government and the state to being partners in conspiring with lobbies of finance and banking. Graeber's essay inspired by the Occupy Wall Street protest, reflects on the failure of the model of liberal democracy that does not represent the interests of many but only that of the few. . Graeber's essay inspired by Occupy Wall Street protest to reflect on the failure of the model of liberal democracy that does not represent the interests of many but only that of a few. Without transparency, participation and democracy in the mechanisms of economy and finance, parliamentary democracy remains an empty image that not only leaves 99% of the population without protection but, paradoxically, it is not even capable anymore of handling the crisis that the economic model of liberal democracy has generated.

 

3) Permanent People'sTribunal. Peoples' Tribunal on Sri Lanka. Permanent People's Tribunal & The International Human Rights Association, Bremen, 2014.


The Permanent Tribunal of Peoples' Rights is an international tribunal, independent from any government authority, and which examines cases of breaches of human rights and peoples' rights; its sentences have moral authority. Since its founding in 1979 it has pronounced 40 sentences. In December 2013 the court concluded its work in connection with the massacre of the Tamil population in Sri Lanka. The Court ruled that the State of Sri Lanka and its Armed Forces be held responsible for the genocide against the Tamil population who live in the North and East of Sri Lanka. The Court also concluded that Great Britain and the United States were active accomplices of the State of Sri Lanka in the execution of the genocide of the Tamil people. The ruling and countless evidence collected during the investigation are gathered in the publication that we recommend. The task of the Court is an extraordinary example of real global democracy.

 

4) Levav I, Saraceno B. (2014). Primary Prevention Takes a Leading Role in World Mental Health Action. Eur. J. Psychiat. Vol. 28, N.° 1, (17-21).

 

Primary prevention of preventable mental disorders has never seriously become part of the package of priority interventions of a public mental health system. It has been much talked about but in practice either researchers deal with it or there are some experiences, local and fragmented of very variable quality (from excellence to total senselessness). It is difficult to find a public system systematically in charge, consistent and integrated to implement the strategies and interventions that have shown widely to be effective and cost-effective. The article states that primary prevention should be regarded as a fundamental right (among other things recently established at the United Nations Convention for the Rights of People with Disabilities). The article examines the abundant scientific evidence showing how the abuse against children and adolescents has a significant impact on their emotional, cognitive and social development: depressive symptoms, destructive behavior, school failure, use of additive substances and suicidal conduct in adolescents. Adverse effects can easily continue into adulthood as abuse leaves permanent traces not only psychological but also biological, so it is reasonable to say that abuse in childhood and adolescence significantly contributes to the prevalence of mental and behavioral disorders. In the face of such evidence, can we say that equally evidence exists to support the efficiency and cost effectiveness of preventive interventions? The answer is definitely positive since many programmes and intervention strategies have shown the ability to significantly reduce the abuse itself and to reduce or eliminate adverse effects in the long term: these are programmes aimed at young mothers or young couples of parents or direct intervention programmes on children and adolescents during the school period . Primary prevention can and must become a priority of public health programmes.

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* The texts of articles, reports, and documents reported by SouqBiblio when not found through consultation of the journals referred to are generally accessible through Google search.

 

 

 

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