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UN agency welcomes new proposals by Southeast Asian States on region's refugee and migrant issues

INTERNATIONAL – The United Nations refugee agency welcomed proposals by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to set up a task force and trust fund to respond to the irregular movement of refugees and migrants in the region.

According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for refugees (UNHCR), recommendations were made during yesterday's Emergency ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on “Transnational Crime Concerning Irregular Movement of Persons in Southeast Asia” held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – the latest in a series of regional meetings to respond to the "boat crisis" that has seen thousands of Rohingya and Bangladeshi nationals stranded at sea in May this year.

More than 4,800 people have been disembarked in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand. Hundreds are still unaccounted for, although many could have landed discreetly in recent weeks.

"We fully support law enforcement actions against smuggling and trafficking,"saidJames Lynch, UNHCR's Regional Representative and Regional Coordinator for South-East Asia.

"Border security must be strengthened alongside the protection of human rights, including those of refugees. We need to ensure that victims receive prompt assistance and protection, and that alternatives to detention are found for people seeking asylum, especially children."

UNHCR reaffirmed that it stands ready to share its technical expertise in screening and seeking solutions for refugees, and to help mobilize support for ASEAN's commendable efforts to address this regional challenge.

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International Organization hails cooperatives as vehicle to make sustainable development a reality for all

INTERNATIONAL - Cooperatives will play an “invaluable role” in the international community's roll-out of a sustainable development goals, said United NationsSecretary-GeneralBan Ki-moon, who on July 4th marked the International Day of Cooperatives with an appeal for all to recommit to the business model, which could help make the vision of a sustainable future a reality for everyone.

“Inequality is a fundamental obstacle to development, depriving people of basic services and opportunities to build better lives for themselves and their children,” the Secretary-General declared in hismessagefor theDay, which is on the theme 'Choose Cooperative's, Choose Equality.'

“The cooperative model helps meet this challenge. Cooperatives strive to uphold the principles of equality and democratic participation,” says Mr. Ban

According toCooperatives and Sustainable Development Goals, a recently-produced study by the UN's International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA), cooperatives contribute to sustainable development and hold the potential to do much more: from creating employment and enhancing gender equality to providing clean energy and financial inclusion to ensuring food security and extending social protection.

Cooperatives are strongly committed to the communities they serve, Mr. Ban continued.

“This business model, built on inclusion and sustainability, offers a pathway toward economic, social and political justice for all.”

At the same time, the UN has long noted that the benefits of the cooperative model expand well beyond its contribution towards sustainable development.

Ranging from small-scale to multi-million dollar businesses across the globe, cooperatives operate in all sectors of the economy, and provide 100 million jobs worldwide – 20 per cent more than multinational enterprises, according to 2011 figures from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP).

In 2008 alone, in the midst of the global financial crisis, the largest 300 cooperatives in the world had an aggregate turnover of $1.1 trillion, comparable to the gross domestic product (GDP) of many large economies.

In his message, the Secretary-General pointed to a wealth of research showing how cooperatives have helped lower wage difference between men and women and promote greater equality in the work place and training opportunities.

With an estimated one in every six people in the world either a member or client of a cooperative and some 2.6 million cooperatives employing 12.6 million people globally, the potential contribution to sustainable development is “enormous,” he added.

“In this crucially important year in which the world will commit it to an inspiring new development agenda, including a set of sustainable development goals, let us recommit to the cooperative business model and use its many benefits to fulfil our vision of a life of dignity for all,” concluded Mr. Ban.

In his messagemessageon the Day, Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour organization (ILO) said that as people-centered, principle driven, member owned businesses; cooperatives have a long tradition of promoting equality. Their values of “equality and equity” are translated into members' equal voting rights and access to the products and services of the cooperative, as well as to an equitable distribution of surpluses.

“In addition to creating a viable enterprise model that generates productivity and income, cooperatives are well placed to help tackle social inequalities, discrimination and exclusion based on gender, age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and differential abilities,” he said, adding that not surprisingly, cooperatives have also proved to be effective vehicles for realizing decent work for all.

For example, Mr. Ryder noted that in the rural and informal economies “we have seen first-hand how women, youth and indigenous peoples are increasing their income and their standard of living by using the cooperative way of working,” and in low income communities, cooperatives of housing, tourism and renewable energy can help to achieve an equitable distribution of economic returns.

The ILO is examining how cooperative arrangements for the provision of care services can improve the well-being of care workers, care beneficiaries and the community at large. “And, as the world of work evolves, the cooperative model can be used to bring technological, social and organizational innovation through pooling of people, knowledge, technology and resources helping to bridge the gaps that perpetuate economic and social inequality,” he said.

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Children bearing brunt of ongoing political instability and violence in Burundi, UN warns

INTERNATIONAL – Children, some as young as four years old, are bearing the brunt of the prolonged instability and election-related violence in Burundi, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned today, confirming reports of an additional three deaths of children over the last five days.

Speaking to reporters in Geneva, UNICEF spokesperson Christophe Boulierac said one of the children died because of a grenade explosion in the Muyinga province, becoming the first child victim of the violence outside of the capital city of Bujumbura.

In total, since the beginning of the confrontations in April, eight children have been killed in the violence, he continued, noting also that a child of only four years old had been killed by a stray bullet to the stomach, becoming the youngest victim of the election-related violence so far.

UNICEF has also confirmed that a second grenade attack took place on a school ground on 29 June before the proceeding of the voting in the Bururi province. There were no victims, but the children fled from the school and upon return reportedly found military in the school.

“Preventing children from experiencing and witnessing violence was everyone's responsibility,” said Mr. Boulierac, stressing that UNICEF called all levels of Burundian society, including the authorities, security forces and families, as well as the Government of Burundi, to use all influence to protect children and to ensure they were not exposed to violence, arbitrary arrest or unlawful detention.

He said that most schools in Bujumbura are still closed, but schools inside the country are still open. Movement across borders had accelerated as people sought refuge in neighbouring countries, with thousands of women and children crossing in the three days preceding the 29 June elections.

“Burundi is one of the poorest countries in the world, with one of the highest child malnutrition rates and figures on the top of the Global Hunger index. Prolonged insecurity that provokes repetitive displacement of people is likely to have a massive impact on an already vulnerable population, Mr. Boulierac concluded.

According to the UN refugee agency, civil unrest erupted on 26 April in Bujumbura after the ruling CNDD-FDD party elected President Pierre Nkurunziza on 25 April as its candidate for then-scheduled 26 June presidential election. Mr. Nkurunziza has been in office for two terms since 2005, and a broad array of actors warned that an attempt to seek a third term was unconstitutional and contrary to the spirit of the 2000 Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement for Burundi that ended a decade of civil war in the country.

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AIDS is a 'human rights issue,' Ban declares, launching major new UN report in Barbados

CARIBBEAN – Ending the AIDS epidemic – in all places and all communities – is essential to realizing the vision of a life of dignity for all,Secretary-GeneralBan Ki-moon declared today in Barbados at the Caribbean region launch of a major new United Nations report the calls for scaling up an inclusive, rights-based and stigma-free response to wipe out the deadly disease.

“A quarter of a million people in this region live with HIV. The governments here struggle to finance their responses,'saidMr. Ban at the launch in the region of study released today by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and renowned medical journal,The Lancet.

The UN chief is in Barbados on an official visit in the context of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Summit, which he addressed last night.

The report,Defeating AIDS – Advancing Global Healthwas released in late June, and, among otherswarnsthat despite some advances in the battles against the disease, the rate of new HIV infections is not falling fast enough. As a result, the study calls for an urgent need to scale up AIDS efforts, calls on governments to ramp up HIV prevention efforts, and continue expanding access to treatment.

In his remarks today, Mr. Ban stressed that the epidemic is only made worse by punitive laws and stigma. These drive vulnerability to HIV infection – and block access to life-saving treatment.

“Homophobia threatens both human rights and public health. We cannot tolerate discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, nor on the basis of gender identity. We must also defend the human rights of sex workers and of people who inject drugs,” he declared.

The Secretary-General said the report has four main messages. First, the world has the knowledge, tools and know-how to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030, and the Commission that compiled the study spells out how to achieve this.

“Second, we need to urgently increase and fully fund our AIDS response. Today the world invests $19 billion annually in addressing AIDS. To reach our targets, we need to almost double this amount,” he said, calling for a rapid scale-up – led by countries, with critical support from global and private partners – over the next five years so the world will be on track to end the epidemic by 2030.

Third, he urged applying lessons learned from the AIDS response to other complex challenges, stressing that young people, women, gay activists and campaigners for equality drive progress and that activism pushes boundaries–to ensure access to affordable medicines, political influence and justice.

“Fourth, we can leave no one behind. AIDS will only end when we protect the human rights of all. This disease thrives on unjust power relations and inequalities. We have to battle all forms of societal ills including stigma, intolerance, discrimination and violence,” underscored Mr. Ban.

Continuing, he said that ending the epidemic would demand the achievement of gender equality. “We need to protect sexual and reproductive rights. And we need to give adolescents life-skills, including education about their sexuality.”

“AIDS is about more than human health – it is fundamentally an issue of human rights,” the UN chief said.

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Caribbean States 'lighting path' to sustainable future, says UN chief in Barbados

CARIBBEAN – This is a year for global action, with international community in the final stretch of preparing a transformative post-2015 agenda for sustainable development that will be agreed in New York in September, United NationsSecretary-GeneralBan Ki-moon declared in Bridgetown, where, two decades ago, the Barbados Programme of Action was adopted to tackle vulnerabilities facing small islands.

“I want to salute Caribbean countries for taking on ambitious renewable energy targets. By 2020, for example, Barbados will be one of the world's top five leading users of solar energy on a per capita basis. You are lighting the path to the future,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moonsaidduring a high-level symposium focused on sustainable development in the Caribbean.

This meeting was among the UN chief's first stops in Barbados, where later today he is expected to make opening remarks to the 2015 Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Summit, and where tomorrow, he will, among others, hold an interactive dialogue at the University of the West Indies.

“Twenty years ago, this very building was the site of the First Global Conference on Small Island Developing States that adopted theBarbados Programme of Action– the first compact between this group and the international community,” he noticed.

For Small Island developing States, Mr. Ban added, this space is “hallowed ground.”

Encouraged by the presence of so many leaders of governments, regional and international organizations, the private sector, academia, and civil society, the Secretary-General highlighted the “continuing Caribbean commitment to put our world on a safer, more sustainable and equitable pathway,” a few days from the Third International Conference on Financing for Developmentin Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

“As leaders of some of the most vulnerable countries in the world, you don't need to be told that our planet is at grave risk. You are on the climate frontlines. You see it every day,” he continued.

Convinced that sustainable development and climate change are “two sides of the same coin,” the UN top official went on to say that this generation could be the first to end global poverty, and the last to prevent the worst impacts of global warming “before it is too late.”

To get there, he underlined, the international community must make sure that the proposed sustainable development goals (SDGs) are “focused, financed and followed up – with real targets, real money and a real determination to achieve them.”

Considering these goals as a sort of a “to-do list for people and the planet”, Mr. Ban emphasized that it will take partnerships to make that happen. In that regard, he said, theThird International Conference on Small Islands Developing Statesin Samoa last year laid a pathway for collective action and success within the post-2015 development agenda.

But, as the world prepares for a new sustainability framework and the sustainable development goals, a number of critical partnership areas must be strengthened, in particular the need for capacity building; financing; access to technology; and improved data collection and statistics.

Member States also must continue working together to link the global agenda to regional agendas and to deepen regional integration and to address the “unique needs and vulnerabilities” of small island developing states and middle-income countries, such as the debt challenge.

“And we need to keep forging the way forward towards a low-carbon, climate-resilient development pathway that will benefit both people and the planet,” the Secretary-General underlined.

He gave the assurance that, through theGreen Climate Fund, and in working with world leaders, he will continue to insist that small islands and least developed countries are top funding priorities.

“My main message to you is to remain fully engaged and keep working with us to strengthen our partnership during this vital year for humanity. Together, we can build a better, more sustainable world, for all.”

Later, in anaddressto an event on ending violence against women, the Secretary-General said the Caribbean has among the highest rates of sexual assault in the world. Three Caribbean countries are in the global top ten for recorded rapes.

Moreover, he noted that in the eastern Caribbean, UNICEF estimates that child sexual abuse rates are between 20 and 45 per cent – meaning at least one in five precious children are affected. Most are girls who have no choice but to live close to their attacker.

“They desperately need our help. Too many women are afraid to seek help. One study showed that up to two thirds of all victims suffer without ever reporting the crime. I am outraged by this. Shame belongs to the perpetrators – not the victims. We have to change mind-sets – especially among men,” declared the UN chief.

In that light, he said he was proud to be the first man to sign onto the UN'sHeForShecampaign, and he invited more men to take the HeForShe pledge.

“I encourage you to join UNICEF's End Violence global campaign. And every day, I count on all of you to work for true equality.”

In the margins of the 36th meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community in Barbados, the Secretary-Generalmetwith Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Maxine McClean, of Barbados, a country he congratulated for its upcoming leadership of CARICOM.

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First-ever heatwave warning guidelines issued by UN as global temperatures soar

INTERNATIONAL – Two United Nations agencies have unveiled a series of new guidelines aimed at addressing the health risks posed by the increasing number and intensity of climate change-related heatwaves affecting the planet, as warm weather alerts spread across Europe following soaring temperatures that killed hundreds of people in India and Pakistan last month.

The set of guidelines, jointly produced by the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and entitledHeatwaves and Health: Guidance on Warning-System Development, will seek to alert decision-makers, health services and the general public through the systematic development of so-called heatwave early warning systems which, in turn, will hope to trigger timely action in reducing the effects of hot-weather extremes on health.

“Heatwaves are a dangerous natural hazard, and one that requires increased attention,” said Maxx Dilley, Director of the WMO's Climate Prediction and Adaptation Branch, and Maria Neira, Director of the WHO's Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health, in their foreword to the publication. “They lack the spectacular and sudden violence of other hazards, such as tropical cyclones or flash floods, but the consequences can be severe.”

According to the two agencies, heatwaves are becoming more frequent and intense on a global scale, largely due to the acceleration of climate change. In recent weeks, they have already caused hundreds of deaths across India and Pakistan. Meanwhile, the heatwaves in the northern hemisphere's summer of 2003 were responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of people across the European continent.

The publication's launch also follows the WMO's recent revelation that 14 of the 15 hottest years recorded have all been in the 21st century, confirming a dangerous trend in global warming amid devastating weather patterns and increasing temperatures.

The guidance provided by the WHO and WMO takes into consideration a number of factors, including who is most at risk from heat, outlines approaches to assessing heat stress and surveys heat-intervention strategies, all the while building upon the “lessons learned” from the implementation of the first-ever Heat-Health Warning System, rolled out in the United States city of Philadelphia in 1995.

In addition, the authors noted, the WMO-WHO joint publication is expected “to provide effective climate services and save lives in vulnerable communities around the world.”

“Growing concerns over climate change have brought to the fore three important aspects: adaptation, disaster-risk reduction and the need for climate information and services to support these,” Mr. Dilley and Dr. Neira concluded. “Heat-Health Warning Systems bring together these three facets and exemplify an effective demonstration of climate-risk management in practice.”

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WHO Ebola response mission flags importance of staying vigilant as virus resurfaces in Liberia

INTERNATIONAL – The World Health Organization (WHO) today reported that Ebola had resurfaced in Liberia after a teenager who died earlier this week tested positive for the disease in the West African country that had been declared free of Ebola transmission just two months ago.

Liberia has to wait for the incubation period of 42 days without new cases of transmission of the virus to confirm it was again free from Ebola, according to WHO.

“The re-emergence of Ebola in Liberia shows importance of staying vigilant. We must stay focused until we reach zero cases,” said the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER). ”The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is not over. We must stay engaged until the job is done.”

WHO, in itsweekly updateon Ebola, reported that on 29 June, routine surveillance detected a confirmed case of Ebola in Margibi County, Liberia – the first new confirmed case in the country since 20 March.

The case is a 17-year-old male who first became ill on 21 June, the update said. After presenting at a local health facility the patient was treated for malaria and discharged. He died on 28 June and received a safe burial the same day. An oral swab taken before the burial subsequently tested positive twice for EVD [Ebola virus disease].

So far, 102 contacts have been identified, although that number is expected to increase as investigations continue, WHO said.

“At this stage the origin of infection is not known,” according to WHO. “The case reportedly had no recent history of travel, contact with visitors from affected areas, or funeral attendance.”

WHO said there were 20 confirmed cases of Ebola reported in the week to 28 June, the same as the previous week, including two new health worker infections in Boke, Guinea, bordering Guinea-Bissau.

To date, there have been a total of 27,514 reported cases of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone with 11,220 reported deaths, the UN health agency reported.

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Fleeing conflicts, record numbers of migrants and refugees crossed Mediterranean so far in 2015 – UN

INTERNATIONAL – War, conflict or persecution forced most of the 137,000 desperate people who made the perilous journey to cross the Mediterranean Sea into Europe during the first six months of 2015, making this primarily a refugee crisis, a new report from the United Nations refugee agency said today.

The opening lines of theThe sea route to Europe: The Mediterranean passage in the age of refugees, compiled by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, put the challenges facing Europe, the wider international community and humanitarian actors in stark relief.

“Europe is living through a maritime refugee crisis of historic proportions. Its evolving response has become one of the continent's defining challenges of the early 21st century, with long-lasting implications for humanitarian practice, regional stability and international public opinion,” it says, also revealing that the first half of the year saw an increase of 83 per cent of such crossings compared to the same period last year.

“As Europe debates the best way to deal with the rising crisis on the Mediterranean, we must be clear: most of the people arriving by sea in Europe are refugees, seeking protection from war and persecution,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres in a press releaseon the launch of the report.

One third of the men, women and children who arrived by sea in Italy or Greece were from Syria, whose nationals are almost universally deemed to qualify for refugee status or other forms of protection, the report explains. The second and third most common countries of origin are Afghanistan and Eritrea, whose nationals are also mostly considered to qualify for refugee status.

“Data received from Greece, Italy, Malta and Spain charts an 83 per cent increase in refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean from January to June compared to the same period last year. Historically, crossings significantly increase in the second half of the year, in particular over the summer months, so it is expected the numbers will continue to soar. Arrivals in the second half of 2014, for example, were almost double those of the first half,” warns Mr. Gutteres.

The number of deaths at sea rose to record levels in April 2015, and then dropped dramatically in May and June. Between January and March, 479 refugees and migrants drowned or went missing, as opposed to 15 during the first three months of the year before. In April the situation took an even more terrible turn. In a number of concurrent wrecks, an unprecedented 1,308 refugees and migrants drowned or went missing in a single month, the report emphasizes.

“The decline in people drowning over the past two months [May and June] is encouraging; a sign that with the right policy, backed by an effective operational response, it is possible to save more lives at sea,” acknowledged Mr. Guterres.

“Nonetheless, we must stay vigilant. For the thousands of refugees and migrants who continue to cross the Mediterranean every week, the risks remain very real.” The report shows that the eastern Mediterranean route from Turkey into Greece has now surpassed the central Mediterranean route (from North Africa to Italy) as the main source of maritime arrivals.

“Europe has a clear responsibility to help those seeking protection from war and persecution,” said Guterres. “To deny that responsibility is to threaten the very building blocks of the humanitarian system Europe worked so hard to build. European countries must shoulder their fair share in responding to the refugee crisis, at home and abroad”, said Mr. Gutteres.

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New FAO report projects steady decline in food prices over next decade

INTERNATIONAL – Real prices for global agricultural products will continue their gradual decline over the coming decade due to a combination of strong crop yields, higher productivity and slower growth in global demand, according to a new report issued by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).

Released in conjunction with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), theOECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2015-2024notes that as the low cost of oil pushes energy and fertilizer costs down and removes incentives for the production of first-generation biofuels made from food crops, food prices will continue to slope downwards over the next ten years.

In Asia, Europe and North America, additional agricultural production will be driven almost exclusively by yield improvements, whereas in South America yield improvements are projected to be complemented by additional agricultural area. Modest production growth is expected in Africa, although further investments could raise yields and production significantly.

Among the various commodities enjoying a decline in market costs, according to the Outlook, are cereal prices which – due to the concurrence of high cereal stocks and low oil prices – are expected to weaken in the short term. Over the medium term, however, slowly rising production costs and sustained demand may strengthen prices again.

For its part, high sugar demand in developing countries will likely boost prices for the commodity and spur further investment in the sector. The report suggests that the market outcome will nonetheless hinge on the ongoing competition between the profitability of sugar versus ethanol in Brazil, considered to be the world's leading producer.

Despite the advantageous scenario regarding global food pricing, prices will likely remain at levels above those at the beginning of the 2000s, the report adds.

Major changes in demand are, in fact, expected throughout the developing world amid a growing population, rising per capita incomes and urbanization which, says the Outlook, will increase demand for food.

The report further explains that rising incomes will prompt consumers to continue diversifying their diets, notably by increasing their consumption of animal protein relative to starches. As a result, the prices of meat and dairy products are expected to be high relative to crop prices. Among crops, the prices of coarse grains and oilseeds, used for animal feed, should rise relative to the prices of food staples.

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Risky occupations drive vulnerability in Latin America and Caribbean region, UNDP warns

CARIBBEAN/LATIN AMERICA - Half of the 220 million “vulnerable” men and women in the in Latin America and Caribbean region – who live slightly above the poverty line but below middle-class levels – are working under precarious conditions, according to initial findings of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

In anticipation of next year’s launch of theRegional Human Development Report 2015-2016: Multidimensional progress: well-being beyond income, UNDP says that the economic boom and poverty reduction that took place over the past few decades significantly affected the labour composition in the region.

Indeed, the employed population grew nearly 40 per cent, from 205 million people in 1992 to 284 million in 2012. This growth was mostly concentrated in the middle class, those living on $10- 50 per day, and vulnerable populations, those earning between $4-10 a day. Over 80 per cent of workers are in the service sector, especially in small companies or self-employed as unskilled labourers. UNDP points out that many work as apprentices without a salary, a practice common among the region’s unskilled youth.

“More economic growth that only generates precarious employment will not be enough to prevent this vulnerable group, which represents one in every three Latin Americans, from falling into poverty,” UNDP Director for Latin America and the Caribbean Jessica Faieta said late last week during the second Regional Human Development Report Advisory Board meeting at the Ibero-American Secretariat headquarters in Madrid.

In spite of the expansion of jobs in the region and an overall salary increase in the last two decades, there were no significant improvements in social security for workers. UNDP even noted a slight deterioration in the case of access to pensions. Compared to vulnerable and middle class workers, a huge inequality in access to pension and health care existed among the poor

To avoid setbacks and boost social gains “we must invest in people,” Ms. Faieta said, adding that boosting their resilience requires strengthening capabilities, increasing their assets and access to social safety nets.

According to UNDP, the disparity reflects a tradition of linking job quality and social security rights to the formal labour market, which is out of reach for most workers in the region.

Despite the region’s slowdown in economic growth, UNDP calls for greater political will to continue boosting social investments. Quality education and health services ensure a minimum level of protection against shocks, such as unemployment, sickness, economic recession, insecurity or natural disasters – all of which can push workers back into poverty.

Mr. Gonzalo Robles, the Spanish Government’s Secretary General for International Development Cooperation – a strategic and financial partner for UNDP’s Regional Human Development Report – said: “The need to expand social protection systems is in line with the new vision towards the sustainable development goals and the new post-2015 agenda. This is reflected in the idea of multidimensional progress and well-being beyond income alone, which entail access to decent work, health and education throughout people’s life cycle.”

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