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Impact on workers of COVID-19 is ‘catastrophic’: ILO

The bleak news from ILO Director-General Guy Ryder coincided with an updated mid-year forecast from the UN body. Lower and middle-income countries have suffered most, with an estimated 23.3 per cent drop in working hours – equivalent to 240 million jobs – in the second quarter. Previously, the ILO had suggested a 14 per cent average drop in global working …


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Countries urged to act against COVID-19 ‘infodemic’

24 September 2020 – The pandemic is the first in history in which technology and social media are being used to both inform people and keep them connected, but also to undermine global response to the crisis and jeopardize measures to contain the disease, they explained. “Misinformation costs lives. Without the appropriate trust and correct information, diagnostic tests go unused, …


PRESS RELEASE: Bold public spending is the only way to recover better from COVID-19, says UNCTAD Report

Pretoria, 22 September 2020 – A bold targeted fiscal expansion, led by the advanced economies, is the only way to build a fair and resilient economic recovery from COVID-19, according to UNCTAD’s Trade and Development Report 2020 launched globally today, including in South Africa. Public-debt-to-GDP ratios will increase substantially in 2020 and, if the past is any guide, they will …

UN chief appeals for global solidarity at General Assembly, warns COVID is ‘dress rehearsal’ for challenges ahead

Addressing the largely empty General Assembly Hall in New York, Mr. Guterres characterized the pandemic from the podium as “not only a wake-up call” but “a dress rehearsal” for challenges to come. “In an interconnected world, it is high time to recognize a simple truth: solidarity is self-interest. If we fail to grasp that fact, everyone loses”, he said, delivering …

UN75 REPORT: The Future We Want, The UN We Need

21 September 2020 – Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN’s worldwide consultation reveals a strong call for action on inequalities and climate change, as well as more solidarity. Across regions, ages and social groups, respondents were broadly united in their priorities for the future. Amid the current #COVID19 crisis, the immediate priority for most respondents is improved access to basic …

PRESS RELEASE: UN75 The Future We Want, The UN We Need

21 SEPTEMBER 2020 – In January 2020, the United Nations launched the global consultation to mark its 75th anniversary. Through surveys and dialogues, it asked people about their hopes and fears for the future – representing the UN’s most ambitious effort to date to understand expectations of international cooperation and of the UN in particular. It is also the largest …