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UN Women accepts the incorporation of the Basque Government into the Global Alliance for Caregiving

2023 October 29
  • The Basque integration into the international community promoted by UN Women coincides with the celebration this Sunday, October 29th, of the International Day of Caregiving 
  • The government has been recognised by UN Women as a new member of the ‘Global Partnership for Care: An Urgent Call to Action' initiative
  • The Alliance is an international project that seeks to transform care systems worldwide by recognising and valuing unpaid care work and improving working conditions in the sector
  • “This inclusion is the result of years of constant work, inclusive policies and a firm commitment to building a fairer and more caring society,” said Nerea Melgosa, the Minister for Equality, Justice and Social Policy
  • In November the Basque Government will hold the I Congress on Care under the title 'Moving towards a Basque care pact', which will offer spaces for reflection and debate for moving towards a model of care from public leadership and community care


In a continuing effort to improve the quality of life of Basque citizens and promote equality, the Basque Government has announced its incorporation into the Global Alliance for Care. This international initiative seeks to recognise, value and support care work, ensuring that both men and women share the responsibility of caring for others.

Nerea Melgosa, the Basque Government’s Minister for Equality, Justice and Social Policies, expressed her satisfaction at joining the Alliance, stressing that “this is a crucial step towards a fairer and more egalitarian society. By joining the Global Alliance for Care, we reaffirm our commitment to the well-being of all Basque citizens and continue working to build a sustainable and inclusive system.”

“The participation of the Basque Government in the Alliance will translate into joint and collaborative work with other members to share experiences, strategies and best practices. In addition, it will give us access to resources and expertise that will contribute to the development and strengthening of more inclusive and equitable public policies in the field of care,” explained Melgosa.

The Global Care Partnership is a collaborative initiative of UN Women that brings together governments, civil society organisations, companies and other key stakeholders to transform care systems.

The Alliance works to address the burden of care that hinders inequalities and to transform the culture around home and care work - ensuring that it is accessible, affordable and of quality for everyone — and to ensure decent working conditions in the sector.

1st Congress on Care

On November 15 and 16, the Basque Government will hold the first Congress on Care, with the aim of advancing towards a Basque pact based on a public model of social organisation of care, which is personalised and community-focussed, to meet the challenges of today's society and those of the future.

The congress, which will be held in the Tabakalera in Donostia, will be inaugurated by the President, Iñigo Urkullu, together with Eider Mendoza, deputy general of Gipuzkoa and Eneko Goia, mayor of San Sebastian.

For two decades, the Basque Country has been moving steadily towards a model of social organisation of care in which the the public sector takes on responsibility and leadership. During this time, health, educational and social care has been strengthened, defining and deploying portfolios of benefits and services whose common denominator has been the transition towards a community care model based on the principles of equality, public leadership, cooperation, quality and sustainability.

Based on the experience and progress achieved along this path, the time has come to move towards a Basque pact that supports community care as an alternative to traditional systems that attribute the responsibility of care work to families, mainly women, which is unfair and deepens inequality.

The 1st Congress on Care will offer spaces for reflection in the form of lectures and round tables to identify present and future challenges in the field of care, to evaluate public policies, design strategies to improve care and respond to the demographic challenge, as well as to advance towards a broad consensus on the Basque model of care.

First day. Wednesday, November 15

Flaviana Teodosiu, head of the European Commission's long-term care team, will open the Congress on Wednesday, November 15, with a keynote speech entitled The European Care Strategy. José Luis Fernández, associate professor at the London School of Economics and director of the Care Policy and Evaluation Centre, will give the keynote address on the Challenges of long-term care in Europe. These two lectures set the stage for this first day, which will have two blocks of simultaneous sessions.

The first block is three sessions addressing care policies, the demographic transition and the contribution of the Third Social Sector in the Basque Country. In the second block, lessons learned and good practices will be shared from a dual perspective — care in the community and care in the residential setting. Attendees must choose one of the proposals that will be developed in parallel in each block.

Between the first and second blocks, a round table discussion will be held to reflect on how to move towards a more personalised and community-based model of care.

Second day. Thursday, November 16

Nerea Melgosa, the Basque Government’s Minister of Equality, Justice and Social Policies, will open the second day of the Congress with the speech “Caring and receiving care with rights, in freedom and equality”. Bases for an agreement on care in the Basque Country.

We will listen to the voices of caregivers, family members, professionals and cared-for persons who will address the issue of caregiving from different perspectives. Then, two new blocks of simultaneous sessions will be opened. As on the previous day, attendees will have to choose one of the sessions that will be held in parallel in each block.

The first block is two sessions addressing the keys to a traditional model that deepens inequalities: how to remove the burden of care work from families and women? How to ensure quality and promote evaluation and innovation? The second block also proposes two sessions to ask ourselves about the sustainability of care: how to ensure ethical and sustainable care from a personal and social point of view? how to ensure affordable and economically sustainable care? After a round table of conclusions, Lide Amilibia, the Basque Government’s Deputy Minister of Equality, Justice and Social Policies, will bring the 1st Congress on Caregiving to a close.

Places to attend the congress are limited and registration is free of charge. Interested persons can confirm their attendance through the following website

All information will be disseminated through the website and social networks with the hashtag #ZainketaKongresua.



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