UN / ILO LEAST DEVELOPED COUNTRIES

29-Apr-2022 00:02:12
Economic and social progress in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) have been slowed by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and the ongoing energy and food crises, according to an International Labour Organization (ILO) report. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / ILO LEAST DEVELOPED COUNTRIES
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 29 APRIL 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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RECENT - NEW YORK CITY

1. Exterior, United Nations Headquarters

29 APRIL 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Saulos Klaus Chilima, Vice President of Malawi and Chair of the LDC Group:
“The fact that the pandemic has caused a lot of setbacks in LDCs, particularly in the fight against poverty, competitiveness, access to public health as well as quality of education.”
4.Med shot, briefing room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Saulos Klaus Chilima, Vice President of Malawi and Chair of the LDC Group:
“There is a sizable youth population which we must take as a very big asset in the LDCs. The world today belongs to the youth and the youth therefore must be capacitated and enabled to do what they must do.”
6.Med shot, briefing room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Saulos Klaus Chilima, Vice President of Malawi and Chair of the LDC Group:
“Urgency is key. We don't have the luxury of time and we must act on the time is now.”
8. Close up, journalist asking question
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General:
“These are economies, firstly, where the vast majority of people working conditions of informality, 89 percent is the aggregate figure of people working in LDCs who work informally. The global figure is 61 percent. Any policy interventions have to take cognizance of this reality of all pervasive informality.”
10. Med shot, Guy Ryder holds copy of the report
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General:
“Our figures show that only 14 percent of the population of LDCs have access to any one social benefit. And by comparison again, the corresponding figure for other developing countries is 45 percent. For developed countries were at 85 percent. There is a massive social protection deficit. This has been laid bare in the most dramatic and sometimes brutal way, by the COVID pandemic.”

12.Wide shot, briefing room

RECENT - NEW YORK CITY

1. Exterior, United Nations Headquarters
STORYLINE
Economic and social progress in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) have been slowed by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and the ongoing energy and food crises, according to an International Labour Organization (ILO) report.

The findings of the report were presented to journalists in New York on Friday (29 April) by the Vice President of Malawi and Chair of the LDC Group, Saulos Klaus Chilima, and ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder.

Chilima said “the pandemic has caused a lot of setbacks in LDCs, particularly in the fight against poverty, competitiveness, access to public health as well as quality of education.”

For the Malawi Vice President, there is a sizable youth population in the LDCs that countries “must take as a very big asset”.

“The world today belongs to the youth and the youth therefore must be capacitated and enabled to do what they must do,” Chilima said.

The Chair of the LDC Group added, “Urgency is key. We don't have the luxury of time and we must act on the time is now.”

Also addressing the journalists, Guy Ryder, the ILO Director-General, noted that 89 percent of people in these economies work informally and the global figure is 61 percent.

For Ryder, “any policy interventions have to take cognizance of this reality of all pervasive informality.”

The ILO chief also informed that only 14 percent of the population of LDCs have access to any one social benefit. For other developing countries, the figure is 45 percent and for developed countries, 85 percent.

Ryder said this shows that “there is a massive social protection deficit” and it had recently “been laid bare in the most dramatic and sometimes brutal way, by the COVID pandemic.”
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