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UN chief highlights need for decent jobs to fuel COVID-19 recovery July 09,2020   |  Source: UN News

More than 50 Heads of State and government, alongside global employers’ and trade union leaders, have been taking part in an online discussion on Wednesday looking at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the world of work.

The Global Summit is part of a five-day virtual event organized this month by the International Labour Organization (ILO), to examine issues that include countering the economic and social impact of the crisis.

In a video message, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told leaders that they are essential to global efforts to “build back better” after the pandemic.

“Together, we can emerge from this crisis stronger, with decent jobs and a brighter, more equal and greener future for all”, he said.

Crisis exposes vulnerabilities
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the extreme vulnerability of millions of workers and businesses worldwide.

It has led to a 14 per cent drop globally in working hours during the second quarter of this year: equivalent to the loss of 400 million full time jobs, according to data from the ILO.

Furthermore, most of the world’s workers - a staggering 93 per cent - continue to live in countries that have implemented some form of workplace closures.

As of Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO)

 

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