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News in Brief 30 March 2020

  • Release prisoners and detainees in Yemen, urge UN rights experts
  • Assistance ramped up to Pacific islands facing COVID-19
  • 2.5 trillion dollar rescue package needed for emerging economies: UNCTAD
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The COVID-busting blueprint that protects workers in all sectors

Early indications from the economic fallout of COVID-19 are that it could cost up to 25 million job losses globally, that’s more than during the global financial crisis in 2008-9.

Speaking to UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Sher Verick from the International Labour Organization (ILO), explains how governments can help soften the impact for vulnerable workers.

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Coronavirus could see global unemployment rise by 25 million: ILO in India

A new assessment by the International Labour Organization (ILO) shows the COVID-19 pandemic could increase global unemployment by around 25 million.

ILO is calling for an internationally coordinated policy response, which would be of particular benefit to South Asian countries like India, since a large part of its work force lacks social security and employment benefits.

UN News’s Anshu Sharma spoke to the Director of ILO’s Decent Work Team for South Asia based in the UN’s India office, Dagmar Walter.

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News in Brief 18 March 2020

  • Africa should wake up to COVID-19 epidemic, the says UN health agency chief 
  • Pandemic could mean 25 million jobs threatened – ILO 
  • Blueprint launched to manage Earth’s fragile peatland carbon sinks 
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News in Brief 10 December 2019

  • Samoa measles outbreak claims 70 lives, majority are children under five  
  • Protecting indigenous people ‘our responsibility’ says activist 
  • World economy ‘in grip of global slowdown after 2018 surge’ 
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News in Brief 5 November 2019

  • Cameroon faces worsening humanitarian emergency
  • US-China trade war is a ‘lose-lose’ situation for them and the world, warn UN economists
  • Internet use and access is improving, but digital gender gap is growing: ITU
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News in Brief 1 July 2019

  • Heat stress spike predicted to cost global economy $2,400 billion a year
  • 1.4 million refugees set to need urgent resettlement in 2020: UNHCR
  • Belarus: UN human rights experts denounce execution
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Heat stress set to cost world economy $2,400 billion a year: ILO

Two thousand four hundred billion dollars: that’s the expected cost of heat stress to the global economy every year from 2030, and it’s a conservative estimate, UN work experts said on Monday. In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Catherine Saget, from the International Labour Organization, warns that developing West African States are likely to be worst-hit, as they’re facing a five per cent drop in working hours by the end of the next decade, caused by rising temperatures.

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News in Brief 4 February 2019

  • Confidence-building measures continue in new Yemen prisoner-swap talks
  • Trade wars unlikely to benefit domestic Chinese/US manufacturing: UN report
  • UN Geneva’s Celestial Sphere set for a moving, sparkling restoration
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Human rights are ‘key’ for economic policymaking says UN expert

Calling on governments to take human rights obligations into account when designing economic reforms, an independent United Nations rights expert said on Monday that “human rights impact assessments are key to the process”.