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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.

4 Questions Parents Should Ask About Educational Tech During COVID-19/ World Economic Forum

  • 7 May 2020
4 Questions Parents Should Ask About Educational Tech During COVID-19/ World Economic Forum

With 1.5 billion children globally out of school due to COVID-19, many parents with access to technology and internet are increasingly turning to online education technology, smart toys, and video games to keep their kids learning at home. Kids are using Zoom for classes and video calls, YouTube for education and leisure, online EdTech to learn, and videogames for entertainment. Many parents are turning to online education technology, but is it safe?

EU and IICA launch app to recommend preventive measures for the agrifood sector during COVID-19/IICA

  • 7 May 2020
EU and IICA launch app to recommend preventive measures for the agrifood sector during COVID-19/IICA

The initiative, which is being implemented within the framework of the AGRO-INNOVA project, is geared towards agricultural producers and workers in the field as well as those involved in distribution, transportation, agroindustry operations, supply centers, wholesale markets and local fairs.

The COVID-19 Pandemic: Shocks to Education and Policy Responses/ World Bank

  • 7 May 2020
The COVID-19 Pandemic: Shocks to Education and Policy Responses/ World Bank

The COVID-19 pandemic threatens education progress worldwide through two major shocks: the near-universal closing of schools at all levels and the economic recession sparked by pandemic-control measures, says The World Bank.

What steps are youth organisations taking to mitigate the COVID-19 Crisis?

  • 7 May 2020

The COVID-19 crisis is severely disrupting youth’s access to education, employment and participation in public life. While it may be too early to fully anticipate the long-term impact of the crisis, increasing levels of youth unemployment and other repercussions may significantly delay their transition to an autonomous life. At the same time, the crisis may encourage unexpected innovation and new opportunities to boost intergenerational solidarity.

OECD Postpones 2020 Ministerial Council Meeting and Forum due to Coronavirus Precautions/ OECD

  • 6 May 2020
OECD Postpones 2020 Ministerial Council Meeting and Forum due to Coronavirus Precautions/ OECD

In keeping with measures being taken around the world to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the OECD has taken the decision to postpone OECD Week 2020 – made up of its annual Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM) and public OECD Forum – from late May to a date to be agreed in due course.

COVID-19: Panamá recibirá USD 350 millones de CAF para reforzar sus políticas anticíclicas/ CAF

  • 6 May 2020
COVID-19: Panamá recibirá USD 350 millones de CAF para reforzar sus políticas anticíclicas/ CAF

La protección del tejido social, el empleo y la reactivación de la economía requieren una respuesta rápida y oportuna por parte de las autoridades. Como aliado incondicional de sus países miembros, CAF -banco de desarrollo de América Latina- aprobó un préstamo de largo plazo bajo la Línea de Crédito Contingente Regional de Apoyo Anticíclico para la Emergencia generada por el COVID-19 en Panamá por hasta USD 350 millones.

OAS and Facebook Launch Initiative to Offer Resilience Tools for MSMEs

  • 6 May 2020
OAS and Facebook Launch Initiative to Offer Resilience Tools for MSMEs

The Organization of American States (OAS) and Facebook launched May 6, 2020, a partnership to support the micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) of the region through online training sessions and policy roundtables. The program will help MSMEs face the challenges they are facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic as many of them have been forced to close temporarily due to weak consumer demand, and plummeting foot traffic and social interaction.

Coronavirus and Human Rights: New UN Report Calls for Disability-Inclusive Recovery/ UN

  • 6 May 2020
Coronavirus and Human Rights: New UN Report Calls for Disability-Inclusive Recovery/ UN

The COVID-19 pandemic is intensifying inequalities experienced by the world’s one billion people with disabilities, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in launching a report issued on Wednesday that calls for a disability-inclusive recovery and response to the crisis.

INGP - Mapping of LAC Procurement Agencies capacity in responding to COVID-19

Mapping by the Inter-American Network on Government Procurement - Red Interamericana de Compras Gubernamentales

  • 6 May 2020
INGP - Mapping of LAC Procurement Agencies capacity in responding to COVID-19

The Inter-American Network on Government Procurement (INGP) offers a section on their Website where they report the perception of the national public procurement offices on their level of preparedness and response, by way of self-reporting, on a scale of 1 to 5.

National public procurement offices have a key role to play in ensuring that the procurement of goods and services is carried out efficiently and transparently, in order to ensure their availability and quality for the well-being of citizens.

COVID-19 and the Drug Supply Chain: from Production and Trafficking to Use/ UNODC

  • 6 May 2020
COVID-19 and the Drug Supply Chain: from Production and Trafficking to Use/ UNODC

Roughly half of the global population is living under mobility restrictions, international border crossings have been closed and economic activity has declined drastically, as many countries have opted for the closure of nonessential businesses.

Drug trafficking relies heavily on legal trade to camouflage its activities and on individuals being able to distribute drugs to consumers. The measures implemented by Governments to counter the COVID19 pandemic have thus inevitably affected all aspects of the illegal drug markets, from the production and trafficking of drugs to their consumption.

Contagion or Starvation, the Dilemma Facing Informal Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic/ILO

  • 6 May 2020
Contagion or Starvation, the Dilemma Facing Informal Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic/ILO

With most informal workers having no other means of support, they face an almost unsolvable dilemma: to die from hunger or from the virus, the briefing says. This has been exacerbated by disruptions in food supplies, which has particularly affected those in the informal economy.

COVID-19 Crisis Putting Human Trafficking Victims at Risk of Further Exploitation, Experts Warn

  • 6 May 2020
COVID-19 Crisis Putting Human Trafficking Victims at Risk of Further Exploitation, Experts Warn

Lockdowns, travel restrictions, resource cutbacks and other measures to curb the spread of the new coronavirus are putting victims of human trafficking at risk of further exploitation, while organized crime networks could further profit from the pandemic, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

WHO Director-General's Opening Remarks at the Media Briefing on COVID-19

  • 6 May 2020
WHO Director-General's Opening Remarks at the Media Briefing on COVID-19

WHO Director-General's opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 - 6 May 2020

CIIF Emergency Relief Grant Call

  • 6 May 2020
CIIF Emergency Relief Grant Call

In light of the loss of revenue by CI practitioners due to the effects of COVID-19, CDB has allocated USD 50,000 for the Music sub-sector and USD 50,000 for the Festivals and Carnivals sub-sector for CIIF Emergency Relief Grants. This grant is targeted at CI entrepreneurs who can demonstrate loss of income for music, festival and carnival events that have been cancelled as a result of COVID-19.

Alicia Bárcena llama a avanzar hacia una globalización más democrática, con un nuevo paradigma de desarrollo que reconozca la interdependencia social, ambiental y económica

  • 6 May 2020
Alicia Bárcena llama a avanzar hacia una globalización más democrática, con un nuevo paradigma de desarrollo que reconozca la interdependencia social, ambiental y económica

La Secretaria Ejecutiva de la CEPAL participó hoy en un seminario virtual organizado por la organización española Casa de América donde se abordó cómo afrontar la crisis provocada por la pandemia en América Latina y el Caribe.

Oportunidades para América Latina ante el COVID-19

  • 6 May 2020
Oportunidades para América Latina ante el COVID-19

La crisis del COVID-19 será aguda e impactará a casi todos los sectores económicos y sociales de América Latina, pero también puede generar nuevas oportunidades de cooperación global e integración regional, indican CEPAL y CAF.

OAS and Facebook Launch Initiative to Offer Resilience Tools for MSMEs

  • 6 May 2020

“Small businesses across the Hemisphere serve as the lifeblood of our communities. Supporting them is not only about supporting the economy — it’s also about supporting lives. We must help them weather the pandemic and adapt to the new post-pandemic reality. Their success will be our success,” said the Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro.

IOM Issues Communication Guidance to Stem Rising Anti-Migrant Sentiment in Wake of COVID-19

  • 5 May 2020
IOM Issues Communication Guidance to Stem Rising Anti-Migrant Sentiment in Wake of COVID-19

During the Covid-19 pandemic, misinformation and hate speech are spreading with devastating consequences for migrants, refugees and other vulnerable groups.  

PAHO Director Calls on Eeach Country to Analyze Trends of the Pandemic Before Relaxing Social Distancing Measures

  • 5 May 2020
PAHO Director Calls on Eeach Country to Analyze Trends of the Pandemic Before Relaxing Social Distancing Measures

The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Carissa F. Etienne, asked countries to analyze specific trends in the COVID-19 pandemic according to their unique contexts, and warned that reducing social distancing measures “too soon could accelerate the spread of the virus and open the door for a dramatic upsurge or for spread to adjacent areas.”

In a briefing with journalists, Dr. Etienne also expressed her particular concern for Haiti in the context of the pandemic, and warned of the dangers of a large-scale outbreak in that country, which, added to the difficult situation Haiti is going through, could trigger a humanitarian crisis. “A much broader coalition to address a potential health crisis in this country is needed,” said Dr. Etienne.

United States: Combatting COVID-19 fraud. Report US Department of Justice

  • 5 May 2020

The US Department of Justice is remaining vigilant in detecting, investigating, and prosecuting wrongdoing related to the crisis.  In a memo to U.S. Attorneys, Attorney General Barr said, "The pandemic is dangerous enough without wrongdoers seeking to profit from public panic and this sort of conduct cannot be tolerated."

Fraud Alert: Be aware that criminals are attempting to exploit COVID-19 worldwide through a variety of scams.

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