In a video summit looking at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the world of work, as part of the five-day virtual event organized in the month of July, by the International Labor Organization (ILO), to examine issues that include countering the economic and social impact of the crisis, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on July 8, highlighted the need for decent jobs to fuel the COVID-19 recovery.
The video summit was attended by more than 50 heads of state and government, alongside global employers and trade union leaders. The summit was preceded by five regional virtual events held last week that discussed post-COVID recovery plans.
Calling for unity and the global efforts to “build back better” post the pandemic, the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres said, “Together, we can emerge from this crisis stronger, with decent jobs and a brighter, more equal and greener future for all.”
In the wake of countries reopening their economy to counter the dwindling impact of the pandemic on it and the surge in cases being witnessed, the UN Chief added, “But let’s be clear: it’s not a choice between health or jobs and the economy … They are interlinked. We will either win on all fronts or fail on all fronts.”
The UN Secretary-General added, “This global summit is an opportunity for governments, workers and employers’ representatives to shape winning responses.”
He further called for, “Responses that stimulate the economy and employment. Solutions that support enterprises, decent jobs and incomes. Approaches that safeguard workers and expand social protection. Plans that promote gender equality and reinforce social cohesion. Proposals that protect the most vulnerable and invest in essential workers – such as those in health and care services – who are on the frontlines of the response. And above all, initiatives that are grounded in unity and solidarity.”