Enhancing Global Unity in Times of Adversity
In times like this, with the ongoing pandemic, the global community struggles and fights heavily. The pandemic has been leaving devastating effects in many sectors, and created miseries and sufferings among mankind. Alongside the virus, there are other serious matters at hand to be combatted. Furthermore, they’re just as life-threatening; child malnutrition, poverty, human trafficking, illegal occupation/settlements, a serious violation of human rights, and the list goes on. The global economy underwent a serious collapse due to the pandemic, leaving half of the world going into economic recession. Families are being pushed into poverty, leaving them hungry and deprived. Refugees have been a subject to many hardships and the pandemic is making it even worse. Illegal occupation and settlement can still be seen; drifting native and indigenous people of their land. Poorer and smaller nations are still battling against the virus as they also have to strive forward for their people. In times like this, global unity is needed. We don’t have to fight alone, we don’t need to face this all alone. Solidarity and stability among people helps mankind find the way. The pandemic may seem to be everlasting with the current pace, but it’s not possible to end it once and for all. Believe in a better world for our people, together we can create peace and make the world a better place.
UN Women (United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women) is the UN agency responsible for promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment. Gender inequality is ubiquitous, with women struggling to find adequate jobs and facing wage disparities; denied access to essential services; under-represented in economic and political decision-making, and frequently subjected to violence and prejudice. UN Women was launched to accelerate progress in fulfilling the needs of women and girls all across the world.
Tackling Gender-Based Violence and Discrimination during the Covid-19 Pandemic
Violence against women and girls was already one of the most serious human rights abuses prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to data and reports from the front-liners, 243 million women and girls, between the age of 15-49, have experienced sexual and physical violence by an intimate partner in the past year. These numbers were reported before the pandemic and has only worsened along with all sorts of gender-based violence which also increased heavily during the pandemic.
The global community has been having a hard time since the start of the pandemic, and issues such as gender-based violence are often overlooked amidst the chaos the world is currently facing. The vast majority of gender-based violence survivors are unheard of, most of them prefer to stay silent as the existing laws consist of loop-holes that allow perpetrators to be free. It is UN Women’s responsibility to assure that women and girls all over the world, regardless of their backgrounds, are protected and are able to live in a safe environment.
UNDP (United Nations Development Programme is the UN agency established to eradicate poverty and protect our planet. UNDP is dedicated to end poverty and achieve zero hunger while ensuring peace and equality among people, and living a prosperous life. UNDP is also responsible to protect our planet from degradation to ensure that it can meet the needs of current and future generations. UNDP pledged to focus on the needs of the most vulnerable one, with the help of collaboration, based on strengthened global solidarity.
Mitigating Poverty in the Pandemic Era
In light of the current pandemic that the world currently lives in, it becomes harder to maintain sustainability, peace, and stability among our people. More and more issues emerge as the whole world is fighting against COVID-19. The pandemic has also been causing impoverishment. Around 114 million people lost their jobs in 2020 alone. As per 2021, COVID-19 is expected to add as many as 150 million people into extreme poverty. The number is expected to keep on escalating and putting more lives at stake. This means more families are going to go into hunger and most of them are predicted to stay in such poor condition for a long time as the economy needs time to heal completely.
UNDP’s role as a UN Body assigned to eradicate poverty and to reduce inequality is very vital to sustain the people in times of adversity. This council is the hope for the global community to establish resolutions that will help tackle the issue at hand.
The UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) is the UN Agency responsible for saving lives, protecting rights, and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities, and stateless people. We aim to ensure that anybody fleeing violence, persecution, conflict, or disaster in their native country has the right to seek asylum and find a safe refuge and get their basic needs fulfilled.
Enhancing Social Inclusion of Refugees
Refugees have been subject to a lot of traumas, hardships and sufferings. Statistics show that only 22.770 were resettled last year among 1.44 million refugees in need of resettlement globally. Their lives become even more at risk due to COVID-19; it’s getting harder to settle down and to progress with existing host country’s laws and policies. With the threatening virus and the state they’re living in, refugees are unable to fulfill their needs and deprived of their basic human rights. They’ve also been a victim to alienation as society treats them indifferently, this is due to the fact that they can’t settle in one place and are restricted from various participation in the society.
Ensuring the inclusion of refugees into the society is very vital as it helps to increase their quality of life in many aspects. Therefore, the UNHRC aims to enhance opportunities toward refugees and to ensure that their rights are being protected and fulfilled which includes their inclusion in the society.