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  1. Only Governments Can Prevent Covid-19 Recessions Becoming Depressions

    KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 30 (IPS) - Covid-19 threatens economic life the world over. The most urgent and important need is for governments, businesses and families to survive. Governments must revive economies and livelihoods to prevent Covid-19 recessions from becoming protracted depressions.

    The Covid-19 crisis is clearly a ‘black swan event', threatening both public health and livelihoods. Both the pandemic and containment efforts are not due to business operations and decisions, but nonetheless have compelling consequences for them.

  2. Last Mile Teachers

    KAMPALA, Uganda, Jul 30 (IPS) - "It has gotten really tough for us," says James, a father in rural Liberia, of COVID-19 lockdown and school closures. "My son is trying but he is missing his friends and teachers. Children want to be in school."

  3. Coronavirus - Urban Areas Face the Brunt of the Pandemic

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 29 (IPS) - The effect of the coronavirus pandemic and its subsequent global lockdown might have a graver effect on cities and urban areas than on rural areas, possibly making women more susceptible to violence.

  4. Neglected, Sacrificed: Older Persons During the COVID19 Pandemic

    NEW YORK, Jul 28 (IPS) - COVID19 is devastating on older persons. The numbers are staggering, more than 80 percent of the fatalities due to coronavirus in the US and East Asia occurred among adults aged 65 and over. In Europe and Australia, the figures are even higher, 94 and 97 per cent of the deaths were persons aged 60 and over.

  5. Include Indigenous People in COVID-19 Response

    KATHMANDU, Jul 28 (IPS) - In Nepal the COVID-19 crisis has been especially hard on indigenous peoples. We had to learn a new vocabulary and use words like quarantine, self-isolation, hand sanitizers and social distancing.

  6. COVID-19 Means Development Setbacks for Mongolia

    ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia, Jul 28 (IPS) - Mongolia has recorded very few cases of COVID-19, less than 300 as on date, despite its more than 4,000 kilometre porous border with China. However, the country faces a major economic impact from the pandemic.

  7. Fight Pandemic, Not Windmills of the Mind

    SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 28 (IPS) - With uneven progress in containing contagion, worsened by the breakdown in multilateral cooperation due to mounting US-China tensions, recovery from the Covid-19 recessions of the first half of 2020 is now expected to be more gradual than previously forecast.

  8. COVID-19: Smarter Response & Recovery Measures Can Help Preserve Human Rights in Africa

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 27 (IPS) - "Social cohesion is built over years and is the result of policies that allow everybody in society to share in its sustainable prosperity," Ahunna Eziakonwa, Director - UNDP AfricaAs COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Africa, countries are simultaneously dealing with the health and socio-economic impacts of the pandemic, and how and when to ease lockdowns and curfews imposed to stop the disease spreading and get onto the path of recovery.

  9. A Determined Path to the SDGs in 2030 Despite the COVID-19 Pandemic

    BANGKOK, Thailand, Jul 27 (IPS) - As lockdowns ease in countries across Asia and the Pacific in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing is clear—a return to business as usual is unimaginable in a region that was already off track to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The virtual High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development recently convened governments and stakeholders across the globe to focus on the imperative to build back better while keeping an eye on the Global Goals.

  10. Three Steps for Leaders to Tackle Covid and Climate Emergency

    GENEVA, Jul 24 (IPS) - Dr David Nabarro is Special Envoy to the World Health Organisation on COVID-19 and Strategic Director of 4SD. He sets out his challenge to leaders to use COVID-19 as an opportunity for radical change that responds to the needs and the interests of all of humanity.

    1. Countries must work together
    2. Focus on equity
    3. Effective local action

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