COVID-19 shows why we need multilateralism more than ever

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Maria-Helena André, Director, ILO Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV)

It is the nature of crises to expose new faults in a system or widen existing ones. The COVID-19 pandemic is no exception to this, and as it has taken hold some countries have been driven to look inwards for solutions. This is not just a result of some groups exploiting domestic political opportunities. We must accept that general discontent with the multilateral system may have played a role in the idea that policy goals are best advanced through unilateral action, rather than collective efforts.

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Which policies can help small businesses withstand COVID-19

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Mario Berrios, SME Unit, Enterprises Department

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and their employees are an essential part of the social and economic fabric of daily life worldwide. This vital role is now under threat from the unprecedented effects of COVID-19. We face the real prospect that a global recession becomes a depression. Continue reading