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The topics for discussion on this portal have already been analyzed by multiple actors. In this repository, the GS / OAS brings together some of them, as one more contribution to the discussion. This repository has two sections: In the Policy section, we will integrate information on policies relevant to the issues under discussion that are being implemented by Member States, Observer States and other States of the world. In Studies we will include analyzes, reports and reports published by academic institutions, think tanks, international and multilateral organizations, non-governmental organizations and private entities, all of them of recognized prestige, which are relevant to the conversation. The OAS will publish these articles and reports in their original language.

The OAS and WhatsApp Join Forces on Digital Marketing Solutions for MSMEs in the Wake of COVID-19

  • 13 October 2020

The Organization of American States (OAS) is partnering with WhatsApp Business to provide micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in Latin America and the Caribbean access to digital tools and customized training on WhatsApp's Business app, to help them better position themselves in the marketplace.

PAHO and IOM sign agreement to improve the health of 70 million migrants in the Americas

  • 9 October 2020

More than 70 million migrants living across international borders in the Region of the Americas are set to benefit from a joint agreement signed today by Carissa F. Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and António Vitorino, Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

CEPAL - En tiempos de pandemia, urge que los países prioricen la atención y protejan los derechos de las personas mayores

  • 8 October 2020

ECLAC’s Executive Secretary participated in a regional conference organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argentina and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany, focused on the prospects for triangular cooperation in Latin America and the Caribbean. El Diálogo Virtual: Desafíos en la protección de las personas mayores y sus derechos frente a la pandemia por COVID-19 fue un espacio de reflexión e intercambio de experiencias regionales sobre sus impactos en la población mayor.

UN - Global Trade Amid COVID-19: Signs of Rebound, but Recovery Uncertain

  • 7 October 2020

Global trade is showing signs of bouncing back from a deep, COVID-19-induced slump, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has said, with the caveat that any recovery could be badly disrupted by the future course of the pandemic and how societies react.

UNHCR - COVID-19 Crisis Underlines Need for Refugee Solidarity and Inclusion

  • 7 October 2020

While the COVID-19 pandemic has “profoundly tested” global commitment to protecting refugees and forcibly displaced people, it has also shown the value of including refugees in national responses and safety nets to the benefit of all, UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection Gillian Triggs said today. 

Some Countries Showing Spikes in COVID-19 Transmission, Especially Among Young People: PAHO

  • 7 October 2020

Transmission of COVID19 in the Americas remains very active, with some countries suffering recurrent spikes in cases and the virus spreading in new and different ways, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F Etienne, said today. 

ECLAC - Alicia Bárcena Urges for Strengthening Triangular Cooperation in the Region and Fostering its Role as a Catalyst of the Post-Pandemic Recovery

  • 7 October 2020

ECLAC’s Executive Secretary participated in a regional conference organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argentina and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany, focused on the prospects for triangular cooperation in Latin America and the Caribbean.

ECLAC - For the Recovery and a Transformation towards Sustainable Economies and Inclusive Societies, Active Macroeconomic Policies must be Maintained and Deepened

  • 6 October 2020

ECLAC launched its Economic Survey of Latin America and the Caribbean 2020, an annual report in which it reaffirms that international cooperation, through better distribution of global liquidity, must underpin the expansion of policy space in the region.

PAHO - COVID-19 Disrupting Mental Health Services in Most Countries, WHO Survey

  • 5 October 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted or halted critical mental health services in 93% of countries worldwide while the demand for mental health is increasing, according to a new WHO survey. The survey of 130 countries provides the first global data showing the devastating impact of COVID-19 on access to mental health services and underscores the urgent need for increased funding.

IDB - ALIDE Will Evaluate the Response of Latin American Development Banks to COVID-19

  • 5 October 2020

The ALIDE General Assembly will bring the Development Bank System of Latin America and the Caribbean to evaluate in a digital meeting the performance in mitigating the COVID-19 crisis and the path to economic recovery. High level representatives from the financial institutions will discuss the various experiences faced during the pandemic.

PAHO - COVID-19 Disrupting Mental Health Services in Most Countries, WHO Survey

  • 5 October 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted or halted critical mental health services in 93% of countries worldwide while the demand for mental health is increasing, according to a new WHO survey. The survey of 130 countries provides the first global data showing the devastating impact of COVID-19 on access to mental health services and underscores the urgent need for increased funding.

IDB - ALIDE Will Evaluate the Response of Latin American Development Banks to COVID-19

  • 5 October 2020

The ALIDE General Assembly will bring the Development Bank System of Latin America and the Caribbean to evaluate in a digital meeting the performance in mitigating the COVID-19 crisis and the path to economic recovery. High level representatives from the financial institutions will discuss the various experiences faced during the pandemic.

UNHCR - As COVID-19 Pandemic Roils Latin America, Venezuelans Face Wave of Evictions

  • 2 October 2020

Governments throughout the region have put in place temporary bans on forced evictions amid the pandemic. But some of these regulations either have already expired or are slated to in the coming weeks, raising concerns over a spike in evictions.

Where such measures remain on the books, they are not always enforced, with many landlords simply throwing tenants who are behind on the rent out onto the streets – where keeping safe from the coronavirus is that much more difficult. 

ACNUR - A medida que la COVID-19 sacude a América Latina, los venezolanos se enfrentan a una ola de desalojos

  • 2 October 2020

Los gobiernos de la región han impuesto prohibiciones temporales a los desalojos forzosos en medio de la pandemia. Pero algunas de estas regulaciones ya han expirado o se espera que expiren en las próximas semanas, lo que genera preocupaciones sobre un aumento en los desalojos.

Donde tales medidas de prohibición de desalojo permanecen, no siempre se aplican, ya que muchos propietarios simplemente arrojan a los inquilinos que están atrasados ​​en el alquiler a las calles, donde mantenerse a salvo del coronavirus es mucho más difícil.

VOX-CEPR - Corona politics: The cost of mismanaging pandemics

  • 1 October 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic is a major test for governments around the world. We study the political consequences of (mis-)managing the Covid crisis by constructing a high-frequency dataset of government approval for 35 countries. In the first weeks after the outbreak, approval rates for incumbents increase strongly, consistent with a global “rally around the flag” effect. Approval, however, drops again in countries where Covid cases continue to grow. This is especially true for governments that do not implement stringent policies to control the number of infections. Overall, the evidence suggests that loose pandemic policies are politically costly. Governments that placed more weight on health rather than short-term economic outcomes obtained higher approval.

UN Welcomes Nearly $1 Billion in Recent Pledges - to Bolster Access to Lifesaving Tests, Treatments and Vaccines to End COVID-19

  • 30 September 2020

New commitments from governments, international organizations and the private sector support unified approach to end pandemic, backing a response of unprecedented scale, scope and speed­—through the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator­—as pandemic claims more than 1 million lives

ONU - Vacuna de la COVID-19: Un pequeño esfuerzo presupuestario, puede suponer un gran salto para la humanidad

  • 30 September 2020

La iniciativa global para las vacunas COVID-19 es la mejor opción para reactivar la economía mundial, sostiene el titular de la ONU. Su financiación equivale al consumo mundial de cigarrillos durante dos semanas, apunta el director de la OMS.   

PAHO - People Over 60 Have Been Hardest Hit by COVID-19 in the Americas

  • 30 September 2020

Health systems in the Americas are not adequately responding to the needs of older adults and must be adapted in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, say experts at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). For the International Day of Older Persons on October 1, the organization is calling for comprehensive, person-centered, integrated care and primary health services that are responsive to older people´s needs. 

European Union - Venezuela: Press Release on EU Dialogue with Stakeholders in Caracas

  • 30 September 2020

Following the Ministerial meeting of the International Contact Group (ICG) on 17 September, in particular the decision of the Group to work for improving electoral conditions in Venezuela, two EEAS officials travelled to Caracas, Venezuela last week. The aim of the visit was to discuss directly the situation in the country and reiterate the EU’s position that electoral conditions now in place do not allow for fair, democratic, competitive elections on 6th of December. The mission underlined the EU position for a peaceful, democratic, Venezuelan-owned solution to the country’s crisis.

ILO: 34 million jobs lost by the COVID-19 crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean

  • 30 September 2020

It says that during this crisis "34 million workers lost their jobs (some temporarily)", according to available information from nine countries that represent more than 80 per cent of the economically active population of the region. The employment rate reached 51.1 per cent in the first quarter, a reduction of 5.4 percentage points compared to the data for the same period of the previous year, which represents "a historical minimum value."

The report also highlights that as of the third quarter of 2020, levels of economic activity have slightly improved. Data reveals a beginning of recovery in employment and a return of some workers to the labour force.

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