You are here

Available in: EnglishEspañolPortuguês

ECLAC and ILO Analyze Labour Challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic

A new joint report will be presented virtually tomorrow, Thursday, May 21, at a simultaneous press conference by ECLAC’s Executive Secretary, Alicia Bárcena, and the ILO’s Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Vinícius Pinheiro.

20 May 2020|Announcement

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) will present tomorrow, Thursday, May 21, a new edition of their joint report Employment Situation in Latin America and the Caribbean. Work in times of pandemic: The challenges of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) (No. 22, May 2020), which on this occasion will address the labour challenges that the pandemic poses for the region’s countries.

The presentation will be conducted via a simultaneous virtual press conference at 13:30 local time in Chile (UTC/GMT -4:00), and led by Alicia Bárcena, ECLAC’s Executive Secretary, and Vinícius Pinheiro, the ILO’s Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean.

This event will be transmitted live via Webex at the following link:

https://eclac.webex.com/eclac/onstage/g.php?MTID=ef2c23004b3884faa5a26bf248abbcb54

Journalists interested in participating must register ahead of time. They will receive an automatic response with the instructions for joining the press conference.

According to ECLAC’s recent estimates, COVID-19 will lead to a -5.3% average contraction in the regional economy in 2020. The pandemic, which brings with it a combination of external and domestic shocks, will be the cause of the greatest economic and social crisis to hit the region in decades, with very negative effects on employment, the fight against poverty, and inequality reduction.

In addition to providing estimates on labour market dynamics in recent months, the ECLAC-ILO joint report explores some of the policies implemented by countries to protect formal employment, safeguard the income of workers in the formal and informal economy, and protect the productive sector.

Members of the media are invited to participate in the virtual press conference. Journalists must connect to the online event on Thursday, May 21, as of 13:30 local time in Chile (UTC/GMT -4:00) through the Webex system (prior registration is required). Accredited journalists will be able to send their questions in writing via the Webex platform’s chat, as the event unfolds. They can also send their queries to the following email address: conferenciaprensa@cepal.org.

The full electronic version of the new ECLAC-ILO joint document, along with a press release, will be available on ECLAC and the ILO’s websites, as well as on the webpage of the COVID-19 Observatory in Latin America and the Caribbean, as soon as the press conference concludes on Thursday, May 21.

What: Launch of ECLAC-ILO joint report No. 22 (May 2020) Employment Situation in Latin America and the Caribbean. Work in times of pandemic: The challenges of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Who:

  • Alicia Bárcena, ECLAC’s Executive Secretary.
  • Vinícius Pinheiro, the ILO’s Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean.

When: Thursday, May 21, 2020, 13:30 local time in Chile (GMT -4:00).

Where: Virtual connection via the Webex platform (prior registration is required).

https://eclac.webex.com/eclac/onstage/g.php?MTID=ef2c23004b3884faa5a26bf248abbcb54

Event number: 472 745 801

Event password: OITCEPAL

 

For queries or to arrange interviews, contact:

 

  • ECLAC’s Public Information Unit in Santiago, Chile. Email: prensa@cepal.org; Telephone: (56 2) 2210 2040.
  • Sonia Álvarez, ILO’s Press Officer in Santiago, Chile. Email: alvarezsv@ilo.org.