UK Economy Grew in Q2, Revised Data Shows    1,200 publishing houses showcase titles as Riyadh Book Fair kicks off    Saudi Arabia joins IAEA board of governors    Weather Forecast for Friday    Investment Minister Chairs the Saudi Side during Meeting of Trade and Investment Committee between Saudi Arabia and China    Minister of Culture Meets with Malaysian Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture    GCC Secretary General Affirms the GCC's Support of Security and Stability in Sudan    Minister of Culture Meets with Minister of Communication, Culture, Arts and Tourism of Burkina Faso    MWL Condemns Iranian Attacks on Iraqi Kurdistan    Bahrain Stock Exchange Indices Close Trading Higher    CITC, National Telecommunications Agency of Brazil Sign MoU    Crown Prince receives written message from Bangladesh prime minister    Prince Badr affirms Saudi Arabia's appreciation for UNESCO's efforts    Iran president says 'chaos' will not be accepted as protests continue    GASTAT: Saudi unemployment rate drops to 9.7% in Q2    FSDP sets SR45 target for individual insurance Medical insurance will increase to 45%    Crown Prince unveils Savvy Game strategy to invest SR142 billion in esports    Russia and West trade blame over alleged sabotage of undersea gas pipelines Nord Stream leak    Australian adviser to Suu Kyi gets three years jail in Myanmar    FSC Holds Meeting with Delegation from World Affairs Councils of America    Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu Signs Investment Agreements worth over SAR7 Billion    Board of Grievances, US Case Western Reserve University Sign MoU in Research and Training    KAPSARC: Saudi economy 60% more resilient to oil market shocks as a result of Vision 2030 reforms    Saudi Arabia to establish new unified regulator for insurance sector    Body of famed US climber found on Mt Manaslu in Himalayas    Yoga introduced to Saudi universities    Pregnant woman and her fetus rescued after being run over in Jeddah    'Gate to the East', all the way spectacular artwork from Saudi Arabia to China    Islamic Minister Al-Sheikh: Juristic judgment catalyst to salvage Islamic Ummah    Federer bows out of tennis with final match    Culinary Arts Commission Registers 13 Foods on Slow Food List of Endangered Food    Australian Football League: Racism allegations prompt calls for inquiry    F1 returns to Jeddah in 2023 March    72% of Children Globally have been Victims of Cyber Threats    Australian football club hit by 'harrowing' racism, bullying claims    Saudi National Football Team Continues Preparations for Friendly Match against Ecuador    Saudi Futsal Team Beats San Marino, Wins Silver in Croatian International Championship    During 2nd Global AI Summit.. AI-powered Early Breast Cancer Detection Program Launched    Triple talaq: India Muslim women in limbo after instant divorce ruling    Film Commission Reviews Film Industry Prospects in Saudi Arabia at Venice International Film Festival    Saudi national volleyball team loses to Kyrgyzstan in Asian Challenge Cup final    Saudi national volleyball team beats Uzbekistan, qualifies for the final of the Asian Challenge Cup    Ka'aba door bears witness to Saudi rulers' care for the House of God Kaaba' door, repentance' door contain more than 280 KG of pure gold    How Aamir Khan adapted Forrest Gump to Bollywood Laal Singh Chaddha    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Delivers Speech to Pilgrims, Citizens, Residents and Muslims around the World    Sheikh Al-Issa in Arafah's Sermon: Allaah Blessed You by Making It Easy for You to Carry out This Obligation. Thus, Ensure Following the Guidance of Your Prophet    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques addresses citizens and all Muslims on the occasion of the Holy month of Ramadan    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers at Arafat Holy Site    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

‘Time for global solidarity' to overcome COVID's health, social and economic challenges
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 14 - 10 - 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only led to a "dramatic loss" of human life but also constitutes an "unprecedented challenge" to public health, food systems and employment, a group of leading UN agencies said on Tuesday.
In a joint statement, the International Labour Organization (ILO), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and World Health Organization (WHO) highlighted that tens of millions are at risk of falling into extreme poverty.
"Now is the time for global solidarity and support, especially with the most vulnerable in our societies, particularly in the emerging and developing world", the statement said.
"Only together can we overcome the intertwined health and social and economic impacts of the pandemic and prevent its escalation into a protracted humanitarian and food security catastrophe, with the potential loss of already achieved development gains".
Jobs decimated
The pandemic has decimated jobs and placed millions of livelihoods at risk, the UN agencies attested.
Pointing out that "millions of enterprises face an existential threat", they indicated that nearly half of the world's 3.3 billion workforce risks losing its livelihood.
Unable to earn an income during lockdowns and without sufficient social protections or health care, informal economy workers are particularly vulnerable — many powerless to feed themselves and their families.
Agricultural workers
At the same time millions of wage-earning and self-employed agricultural workers face high levels of poverty, malnutrition and poor health.
With low or irregular incomes and no social support, many are spurred to continue working in unsafe conditions, exposing themselves and their families to additional risks.
Moreover, amidst income losses, the agencies flagged that they may resort to unwise strategies, such as panic-selling of possessions, predatory loans or child labor.
"Migrant agricultural workers are particularly vulnerable, because they face risks in their transport, working and living conditions and struggle to access support measures put in place by governments," the statement detailed.
Food systems
The pandemic has also laid bare the fragility of the entire food system.
Border closures, trade restrictions and confinement measures have disrupted domestic and international food supply chains and reduced access to healthy, safe and diverse diets.
The UN agencies underscored that long-term strategies must be developed to "address the challenges facing the health and agri-food sectors" with priority given to underlying food security, malnutrition challenges, rural poverty and social protections, among other things.
Coming back stronger, together
The UN is committed to pooling its expertise and experience to help countries respond to the crisis and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
"We must recognize this opportunity to build back better", the statement stressed.
The only way to protect human health, livelihoods, food security and nutrition while ensuring a ‘new normal', is to "rethink the future of our environment and tackle climate change and environmental degradation with ambition and urgency", the joint statement declared.

Clic here to read the story from its source.