UN Seeks Quick Investment In Quality Jobs, Social Protection

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(Last Updated On: 2022-09-27)


Governments across the world have been urged by the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, to “quickly” invest in quality job creation and the provision of social protection for those without coverage.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Communication and External Relations Department of the African Development Bank (AfDB).

Guterres was speaking at a high-level session to discuss “Global Accelerator on Jobs and Social Protection for Just Transitions initiative” during the UN General Assembly meetings in New York.

The initiative was inaugurated in 2021 by the United Nations International Labour Organisation and brings together governments, international financial institutions, civil societies, the UN, and the private sector.

The aim is to create 400 million new, decent jobs, especially in the green, care, and digital economies.

It also aims to extend social protection to more than four billion people worldwide that are currently without coverage.

Guterres told leaders to focus on concrete solutions to implement the initiative.

“The path of inaction leads to economic collapse and climate catastrophe, widening inequalities and escalating social unrest.

“This could leave billions trapped in vicious circles of poverty and destitution.’’

The UN chief praised Togo for protecting thousands of its citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic after deploying “innovative digital solutions to expand social protection to hard-to-reach populations”.

South Africa was also praised for inaugurating the Just Energy Transition partnership which highlighted an important step in the fight against climate change.

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