Labour

Heat stress spike predicted to cost global economy $2.4 trillion a year

An increase in heat stress at work linked to climate change is set to have a massive impact on global productivity and economic losses, notably in agriculture and construction, UN labour experts said on Monday.

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 11 June 2019

  • UN Security Council offers Yemen Special Envoy ‘their full support’
  • Macron leads EU-wide minimum wage call as Merkel, Medvedev warn of global injustice
  • UN human rights chief Bachelet hails Botswana decision decriminalizing same-sex relationships
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Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Disability inclusion, minimum wage, and LGBTI rights in Botswana

This Tuesday, we cover: a new strategy for disability inclusion; continued talks on social justice at the international labour conference; an update on Yemen; a historic Security Council resolution on missing persons in conflict; and same-sex rights in Botswana. 

News in Brief 6 May 2019

  • UN Forum works to safeguard world’s forests
  • Labour report shows half of workers frequently exposed to physical risks
  • Advocates, UN, speak up for road safety
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News in Brief 18 February 2019

  • A ‘welcome step’ towards peace in Central Africa
  • UN programme for ‘ethically produced, environmentally sustainable gold’
  • International labour standards more important than ever, says ILO
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News in Brief 13 February 2019

  • No improvement in workers’ conditions, despite drop in unemployment rate
  • UN experts condemn Chechnya LGBT attacks
  • 2019 World Radio Day focuses on promotion of dialogue, tolerance and peace
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‘Countless opportunities’ for new people-centred workplace, but ‘decisive action’ critical

Unprecedented innovations in the world of work provide “countless opportunities” but unless they are embraced through action, inequality and uncertainty will only widen in the workplace, according to a landmark new International Labour Organization (ILO) report released on Tuesday.

Take-home pay growing at lowest level since 2008, as gender-gap persists: UN labour agency

Wages grew higher and faster in less well-off countries last year than in richer nations, but salaries are still far too low in the developing world, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Monday, with growth overall at its lowest since the 2008 global recession.

News In Brief 28 June 2018

  • UN labour agency raises the alarm on ‘global care crisis’
  • ‘Agile and multifaceted’ response needed to counter terrorism – UN chief
  • Malnutrition reaching record levels in South Africa
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