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1) Ballini L. ( 2016). 17, 1, 52-56. In defense of equity in health: suggestions from research. Health policies. 17, 1, 52-56.

In Italy health experts rarely read foreign literature and so the work of Ballini is noteworthy, presenting to italian readers the important results of a systematic review of literature on the evidence of the efficacy of advocacy in favour of health equity. The review, carried out by L. Farrer and colleagues, was published in 2015 by the prestigious Milbank Quarterly. One of the most important dimensions of advocacy in favour of equity is represented by the choice of the interlocutors, who must be the object of the advocacy and the authors point out the decisive role of governments and donors who need to be "educated" in issues of health equity. The systematic review also analyses the types of implications of advocacy: implications based on social justice issues, implicationss based on issues regarding economics and savings and finally implications based on issues regarding environmental sustainability. Finally the article analyses the numerous barriers that can limit the effectiveness of advocacy and among them, first of all that of the pervasiveness of neoliberal models oriented towards the privatization of health systems.

2) UNHCR. Global Trends: forced displacements in 2015. United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees, Geneva 2016.

This is a key Report produced by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. It is estimated that in 2015, every minute, 24 people were forced to flee their country, ie 34,560 people each day for a total of 12,614,400 refugees in a single year. 63 million refugees were taken into account at the end of 2015 and, the Report indicates, too many were those who died at sea, or arriving on the mainland were stopped at borders. The Report provides updated, accurate and reliable information on the refugees' countries of origin and the countries where they are hosted (also showing how the vast majority of refugees are not in Europe despite the hysteria of the european countries who cry out against the invasion of migrants). It is a very useful document to counteract the false or imprecise information that characterizes both the media and political discussions. A useful instrument for confrontation and knowledge.

3) United Nations. Transforming our world: the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. United Nations, New York 2015.

This is the historic text approved by the Assembly of the United Nations in 2015 that is the "result" of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which terminated precisely in 2015. The long text is worth being read in its entirety as it is the most authoritative document to express the collective effort of countries to promote sustainable development. Obviously the unbiased and at times generic language of the UN documents may upset non experts but in reality the text is a rich source of important statements and ideas for developing local, national and global programmes. 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 Targets are identified. Here is the list of the 17 Goals (SDGs):
• SDG 1: Put an end to poverty in all its forms and everywhere.
• SDG 2: Put an end to hunger and achieve safe food, better nutrition and sustainable agrculture.
• SDG 3: Ensure good health for everyone and the promotion of well-being at all ages.
• SDG 4: Ensure comprehensive and quality education for all.
• SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and promote the power of women and girls.
• SDG 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all.
• SDG 7: Ensure access for all to economic, safe and sustainable energy sources
• SDG 8: Promote sustainable and comprehensive economic growth and decent work for all.
• SDG 9: Promote resilient infrastructures, sustainable industrialization and innovation.
• SDG 10: Reduce inequalities in countries and between countries.
• SDG 11: Make the cities safe, comprehensive and sustainable.
• SDG 12: Ensure sustainable patterns of production and use.
• SDG 13: Urgent action to combat climate change and its conseguences.
• SDG 14: Conserve the sea and its resources.
• SDG 15: Manage forests in sustainable ways, combat desertification and stop the loss of biodiversity.
• SDG 16: Promote fair, peaceful and comprehensive societies.
• SDG 17: Revitalize global partnerships for sustainable development.

*the texts of articles, reports, and documents indicated by SouqBiblio when not available through the consultation of the magazines mentioned, are generally accessible through search on Google.


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The study centre wishes to study the phenomenon of urban suffering, in other words the suffering that is specific to the great metropolises. Urban Suffering is a category that describes the meeting of individual suffering with the social fabric that they inhabit. The description, the understanding and the transformation of the psychological and social dynamics that develop from the meeting of ...

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The Urban Suffering Studies Center - SOUQ - arises from Milan, a place of complexity and economic and social contradictions belonged to global world.Tightly linked to Casa della Carità Foundation, which provides assistance and care to unserved populations in Milan (such as immigrants legal and illegal, homeless, vulnerable minorities), the Urban Suffering Studies Center puts attention on ...


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