Category: Economic Development

Protecting migrant workers in Kuwait: a Resident Coordinator’s blog

ILO/Apex ImageA man prepares tea in a coffee shop in Kuwait.     In Kuwait, the UN has played an important role in countering xenophobic rhetoric, falsely blaming the spread of COVID-19 on migrant workers. In this opinion piece, Tarek El Sheikh, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the country, highlights the efforts being made to safeguard […]

FROM THE FIELD: Supporting Nepal’s migrants, as overseas work dries up

ILO/Marcel CrozetTwo workers on a construction site in Pokhara, Nepal.     Nepal is one most remittance-dependent countries in the world, with many Nepalese sending home around $8.79 billion from abroad. However, since the economic slowdown resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, work for many of them has dried up. The UN is supporting efforts to manage the […]

Invest in humanitarian relief now, to limit possible ‘catastrophic’ impact of coronavirus

OCHA/Gema CortesDoctors and nurses have been raising awareness about COVID-19 during a house-to-house campaign in the Cuaricao neighbourhood of Caracas, Venezuela.     The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) heard strong appeals on Tuesday for more funds to be steered into the UN’s COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan, as it opened its annual Humanitarian Affairs Segment – […]

Coronavirus: World Bank confirms deepest recession since World War Two

UNDP Eurasia/Karen CirilloThe coronavirus outbreak has had a severe impact on economies across the world.     The COVID-19 pandemic will shrink the global economy by 5.2 per cent this year, representing the deepest recession since World War Two, and triggering a dramatic rise in extreme poverty, the World Bank said Monday in its latest Global Economic Prospects report. In rich countries, economic […]