‘No justification whatsoever’ for deadly Afghanistan blasts: UN envoy
Twin suicide attacks in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, on Monday have been condemned by the UN mission in the country, UNAMA.
The blasts were carried out in a neighbourhood heavily populated by civilians, leaving scores dead and injured.
UNAMA said the second attack appeared to target journalists and emergency services personnel arriving at the scene.
The terrorist group ISIL, also known as Daesh, has claimed responsibility, according to media reports.
Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, said “there is no justification whatsoever” for the attacks.
He added that “those who have organized and enabled these attacks must be brought to justice and held to account.”
Informal economy employs two billion: ILO report
More than 60 per cent of the global workforce, or two billion people, are employed in the so-called “informal economy,” according to a report published on Monday by the International Labour Organization (ILO).
The study used criteria from more than 100 countries which showed that 93 per cent are located in emerging and developing nations.
The majority, or 63 per cent, are men, with women accounting for just over 58 per cent.
Florence Bonnet, one of the report’s authors, pointed out that although not all informal workers are poor, poverty is both a cause and a consequence of their work status.
She stressed the urgent need to tackle the issue because “informality means a lack of social protection, rights at work and decent working conditions” for workers, while it translates to low productivity and lack of access to finance for businesses.
Saint Petersburg celebrates all that jazz on International Day
The Russian city of Saint Petersburg will move to a syncopated groove this Monday as it hosts this year’s celebration of International Jazz Day.
Observed annually since 2011, the Day honours the enduring legacy of this musical genre and its power to bring people together.
Jazz was born in New Orleans in the southern United States but is enjoyed by people worldwide.
It has been played in Saint Petersburg since 1927, when Russia’s First Concert Jazz Band was founded.
Audrey Azoulay, Director General of UN cultural agency, UNESCO, said the message for freedom “is rooted at the very core” of jazz music, which is defined by improvisation.
She added that “the ability for musicians to come together and listen, play and exchange artistry through this free-flowing expression reflects the spirit of freedom movements across the world.”
International Jazz Day will be capped by an all-star global concert live from Saint Petersburg.
Dianne Penn, UN News.
You can check out the webcast at the link below starting at 16:00 New York time, 22:00 in Paris, or 23:00 in Saint Petersburg: