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UN labour agency raises the alarm on ‘global care crisis’
On Thursday, the International Labour Organization, or ILO, released a report warning of a looming global care crisis.
In 2015, 2.1 billion people needed care, including 1.9 billion children and 200 million older persons. By 2030, this number is expected to soar to 2.3 billion.
The report stresses that investment is required to deal with this rising demand.
Around 269 million new jobs could be created if investment in education, health and social work were doubled by 2030 says the ILO report.
The report also highlights a huge gender gap in the care sector, with ILO’s Shauna Olney explaining that “across the world, women perform 76.2 per cent of the total hours of unpaid care work and over three times more than men”.
‘Agile and multifaceted’ response needed to counter terrorism – UN chief
Turning to global security, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres spoke at the inaugural global High-level Conference of heads of counter-terrorism agencies of the UN Member States on Thursday.
Mr. Guterres told the conference of national crime agencies, terrorism experts and civil society groups, that the frontline against terrorism is increasingly in cyberspace.
Terrorists across the world are exploiting social media, encrypted communications, and the dark web not only to spread propaganda but to recruit new followers and coordinate attacks, he added.
“There has been a shift towards less sophisticated attacks against softer targets that are more difficult to detect and prevent. So, as the threat from terrorism continues to evolve, we must adapt and learn lessons from what works and what does not.”
The UN chief said the global response needs to be as “agile and multifaceted as the threat” itself.
Malnutrition reaching record levels in South Africa
Moving to Africa, Bintou Keita, the Assistant Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations, briefed the Security Council on South Sudan.
She reported that the security situation on the ground remains of serious concern, with parties to the conflict consistently breaching the cessation of hostilities agreement, that they themselves had pledged to honour.
Ms. Keita pointed out that the continuation of fighting has had a direct impact on the humanitarian situation, with hunger and malnutrition reaching record levels and that 1.75 million people are now on the brink of a catastrophe.
She called the engagement of President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar “positive developments which must be supported and capitalized upon,” while noting that it is not the sole basis for peace.
“Peace will only be sustained if the revitalized agreement is inclusive, fair and addresses the whole process of the conflict and engages all stakeholders, including women and youth.”
Liz Scaffidi, UN News.