Economic development

News in Brief 23 September 2020

  • Impact on workers of COVID-19 is ‘catastrophic’: ILO 
  • Mali: independent rights expert calls for ‘immediate release’ of former officials detained during coup  
  • South Sudan’s ‘epic’ corruption is preventing country’s peaceful future
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'Temporary Basic Income' could slow COVID surge, provide lifeline for world’s poorest

The immediate introduction of a Temporary Basic Income for the world’s poorest people could slow the current surge in COVID-19 and enable close to three billion people to stay at home, according to a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report released on Thursday.

Stand in solidarity to preserve Africa’s hard-won progress, urges UN chief

The coronavirus pandemic threatens the hard-earned gains Africans have made throughout the continent, the UN chief said on Wednesday, urging the world to stand in solidarity with the people, “now, and for recovering better”.