Category: Economic Development

Uncomfortable bedfellows: balancing health and economics in a global crisis

COVID-19 threatens the health and wellbeing of millions of people the world over, through malnutrition, preventable disease, delayed diagnoses and psychological hardship. All these threats co-exist with the threat of the virus itself, and are consequences of economic and social ‘lockdowns’ imposed by governments to curb the spread of COVID-19.  Understanding the intimate link between […]

Young people ‘not invincible’ in COVID-19 pandemic: WHO chief

UN News/Daniel Dickinson – A park in Brooklyn, New York, has marked out circles in order to enforce social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.     Although older people are among those at highest risk of COVID-19, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has reminded younger generations that they are “not invincible” when it comes […]

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 […]