The economic crisis caused by the COVID pandemic is expected to contribute to global unemployment of more than 200 million people next year, with women and youth workers worst-hit, UN labour experts said on Wednesday according UN NEWS:
The International Labour Organization (ILO) also maintained in a new report that although the world’s nations “will emerge” from the ongoing health crisis, “five years of progress towards the eradication of working poverty have been undone” nonetheless.
“We’ve gone backwards, we’ve gone backwards big time,” said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder. “Working poverty is back to 2015 levels; that means that when the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda was set, we’re back to the starting line.”
The worst-affected regions in the first half of 2021 have been Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and Central Asia, all victims of uneven recovery.
The Geneva-based organization also projected a “jobs gap” increase of 75 million in 2021, which is likely to fall to 23 million in 2022 – if the pandemic subsides.
The related drop in working-hours, which takes into account the jobs gap and those working fewer hours, amounts to the equivalent of 100 million full-time jobs in 2021 and 26 million in 2022.
Mr. Ryder said: “We need a comprehensive and co-ordinated strategy, based on human-centred policies, and backed by action and funding.
There can be no real recovery without a recovery of decent jobs.”
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Governments are being urged to finance a new $50 billion roadmap to end the COVID-19 pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Trade Organization (WTO) and the World Bank Group.
They warned that unless governments act now, continued waves of infections and outbreaks, as well as more transmissible and deadly virus variants, could threaten recovery.
The $50 billion investment is required for two crucial reasons:
The funding will increase manufacturing, supply, trade and delivery that would accelerate equitable distribution of the tools to diagnose and treat COVID-19, such as vaccines, oxygen and medical supplies, while also promoting economic growth around the world.
“This new roadmap reflects the need to enhance countries’ readiness and capacity systems to utilize these tools rapidly, safely and effectively”, said WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, speaking at media briefing later on Tuesday.
The joint plan was announced as WHO approved another COVID-19 vaccine for rollout.
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U.S. President Joe Biden ordered on wednesday the U.S. intelligence officials to ‘redouble’ their efforts to investigate the beginnings of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This happened after new reports raised questions about whether it spread from a laboratory in Wuhan, China.
The U.S. intelligence agency has been unable to reach a conclusion on whether the virus came from contact with an animal or from a laboratory accident, president Joe Biden said on wednesday.
The statement follows after growing calls in the United States and the world for China to be more open about the origins of the pandemic.
Biden asked U.S. intelligence agencies to report on their findings within 90 days. He directed U.S. national laboratories to assist with the investigation, and also asked China to cooperate with international investigations.
“Back in early 2020, when COVID-19 emerged, I called for the CDC to get access to China to learn about the coronavirus so we could fight it more effectively,” Joe Biden said.
As for the origin of pandemic, Fauci, White House coronavirus adviser, said Wednesday that he and most others in the scientific community “believe that the most likely scenario is that this was a natural occurrence, but no one knows that 100 percent for sure.”