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United States President Biden and Pope Francis called for action in support of a COVID-19 recovery process that protects jobs, strengthens labour rights, and supports the most vulnerable. ILO

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DATELINE: 17 JUNE 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Various shots, opening of the World of Work summit
2. Pan left, US President Joe Biden on screen
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Joseph R. Biden Jr., President, United States:
“As we emerge in this pandemic, that has exacerbated inequity and put even greater strain on working families, we have to prove that democracy can deliver. We do that by empowering workers, raising wages, standing up for union rights, holding bad actors everywhere accountable when they subject their citizens to forced labour or child labour, even as they seek positions of global leadership. And centering workers in our trade policy and building economies that bring everyone along.”
4. Wide shot, Pope Francis on screen
5. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) His Holiness Pope Francis:
“The lack of social protection measures in the face of the impact of COVID-19 has led to increased poverty, unemployment, underemployment, an increase in labour informality, delayed entry of young people into the labour market, which is very concerning, increased child labour, which is even worse, and more vulnerability to human trafficking, food insecurity and increased exposure to infection among populations such as the sick and the elderly. We should pay particular attention to the real danger of forgetting those left behind. They risk being attacked by a virus even worse than the COVID-19 virus: that of selfish indifference.”
6. Wide shot, World of Work summit with Pope Francis on screen

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United States President Biden and Pope Francis called for action in support of a COVID-19 recovery process that protects jobs, strengthens labour rights, and supports the most vulnerable.

Pope Francis and President Biden addressed the ILO’s World of Work Summit to reaffirm their commitment to labour rights and add their voices to a global call for a human-centred recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

This first day of the summit heard a series of keynote addresses from world leaders and representatives from governments, workers’, and employers’ organizations, including from Pope Francis, President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in, the
Portuguese Prime Minister, António Costa, and US President Joe Biden.

President Biden said, “as we emerge in this pandemic, that has exacerbated inequity and put even greater strain on working families, we have to prove that democracy can deliver. We do that by empowering workers, raising wages, standing up for union rights, holding bad actors everywhere accountable when they subject their citizens to forced labour or child labour, even as they seek positions of global leadership. And centering workers in our trade policy and building economies that bring everyone along.”

Pope Francis said, “the lack of social protection measures in the face of the impact of COVID-19 has led to increased poverty, unemployment, underemployment, an increase in labour informality, delayed entry of young people into the labour market, which is very concerning, increased child labour, which is even worse, and more vulnerability to human trafficking, food insecurity and increased exposure to infection among populations such as the sick and the elderly. We should pay particular attention to the real danger of forgetting those left behind. They risk being attacked by a virus even worse than the COVID-19 virus: that of selfish indifference.”

Taking place over two days (17-18 June), this year's Summit focuses on the response to the devastating human impact of COVID-19 and the action required to build a better future of work.

In a plenary sitting after the summit, Governments, workers’, and employers’ representatives attending the International Labour Conference (ILC) unanimously adopted a Global Call to Action that calls for policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic to be human-centred and to prioritize the creation of decent jobs and the protection of workers.
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