In an op-ed in The Mail & Guardian, Pathfinders director Liv Tørres and ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow called for global action to tackle the COVID-19 employment crisis.
"We need global solidarity and co-ordination on a larger scale, equal to the response after World War II. It must begin with a global fund for social protection targeting the poorest of countries," they write.
Read the full article at The Mail & Guardian here.
Congo Research Group director Jason Stearns spoke to The New York Times the arrest of President Felix Tshisekedi's chief of staff Vital Kamerhe on corruption charges.
Stearns noted that the arrest might jeopardize the coalition between Tshisekedi and Kamerhe's parties. "The coalition was important ahead of the elections, but ever since he was inaugurated, there have been people around Tshisekedi pushing him to get rid of Vital," he said.
Writing for World Politics Review, CIC fellows Alex Evans and David Steven give 10 recommendations for a global coordinated response to the coronavirus pandemic.
"We now face one of two futures," they write. "A breakdown, where infections and deaths are very high, economic impacts are savage, and we turn on each other just when we most need to combine our efforts; or a breakthrough, where the toll of the pandemic is still heavy, but our capacity for collective action grows."
In an interview to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CIC director Sarah Cliffe addressed the rush among nations to buy masks and other life-saving protective equipment.
Cliffe said the search for equipment requires a more coordinated international approach. "Understandable, says Cliffe, that each country wants to protect its own citizens. But that could backfire when countries right on the front line 'don't get the medical equipment they need,' because 'it's more likely the virus will spread in the future.'"
CIC director Sarah Cliffe was interviewed on this week's episode of Monocle's "The Foreign Desk" podcast, to discuss the role of multilateral organizations in the COVID-19 response.
"Typically, health issues have been one of the areas of strength of multilateral action," Cliffe told the show's host, Andrew Mueller. "Most secretary-generals and heads of other big organizations want to see a response to crises that joins different approaches."
Listen to the full podcast episode at Monocle here.
France24 reported on a statement by the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria, published after the first cases of COVID-19 were registered in the country.
The commission, of which CIC senior fellow Hanny Megally is a member, stated that "nurses, doctors and medical volunteers have been attacked, detained and disappeared by parties to the conflict," and that "all attacks on medical providers, facilities, hospitals, and first responders must cease immediately."