Cross-cutting regional issues

The wider picture: Trade, geopolitics, climate change, decent work, unions and many other topics

29.07.2020 | New Geopolitics of Asia, Cross-cutting regional issues | Coronabrief

Geopolitical headwinds under and beyond COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has accentuated patterns of bilateral acrimony and geopolitical rivalry. The United States and China are missing a critical...


11.06.2020 | Cross-cutting regional issues | Coronabrief

The overlooked impact of art in times of crisis

Almost everything we are doing in isolation is connected to the arts: we read more, watch more movies, listen to more music. We all are trying to find...


05.06.2020 | Cross-cutting regional issues | Coronabrief

Building power: A just and sustainable recovery in Asia

Improvements in environmental indicators due to COVID-19 present an unprecedented opportunity for an economic transformation which is ecologically...


02.06.2020 | Cross-cutting regional issues | Coronabrief

From diagnosis to cure: A post-pandemic paradigm shift

The COVID-19 crisis is forcing us to recognise the failures of existing social and economic systems. If we continue with neoliberalism as usual, it...


28.05.2020 | Cross-cutting regional issues | Coronabrief

Fair trade for all crucial in times of COVID-19

The negotiations on the Asia-Pacific Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) are in their final stages. The agreement, once ratified,...


21.05.2020 | Cross-cutting regional issues | Coronabrief

Gig workers in the pandemic: A call to catalyse social protection

Gig workers hold a unique position in the economic crisis triggered by COVID-19. Some parts of the gig economy – delivery of food, groceries, and...


19.05.2020 | Cross-cutting regional issues | Coronabrief

Markers of identity: Asia’s cultural heritage in times of COVID-19

Often overlooked, workers in the tourism sector are now facing severe social challenges owing to the closing of UNESCO heritage sites and the absence...


11.05.2020 | Cross-cutting regional issues | Coronabrief

Technology for a social cause: TikTok and Asia’s mobile-first nations

TikTok, the most installed app amid the COVID-19 pandemic, makes influencers on social media “essential workers”. The platform presents an opportunity...


01.05.2020 | Cross-cutting regional issues | Coronabrief

Lives at stake – rights and responsibilities for a safer workplace

Access to rights and collective representation through unions is vital to tackling the pandemic. Safe workplace measures must be jointly designed and...


29.04.2020 | Cross-cutting regional issues | Coronabrief

COVID-19 and refugees in Asia: A crisis waiting to happen

Governments, funders and humanitarian agencies must act now to save lives and mitigate the potentially catastrophic impacts of COVID-19 on refugee and...


24.04.2020 | Cross-cutting regional issues | Coronabrief

Who gets to stay at home? Social distancing in Asia’s megacities

In Asia’s densely populated cities, social distancing possibilities are limited. The pandemic reveals the need for more sustainable responses and...


20.04.2020 | Cross-cutting regional issues | Coronabrief

Who cares? Feminist responses to the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has a strong gender dimension. It is increasing women’s vulnerabilities and risks in their roles as workers and caregivers....


17.04.2020 | Cross-cutting regional issues | Coronabrief

A crisis like no other: Asia and the wider global picture

The corona crisis is sending shockwaves through political, economic and social systems. The challenges for the Asia-Pacific region are enormous, and...


16.04.2020 | Cross-cutting regional issues | Coronabrief

UNI Asia-Pacific unions lead the pack in responding to the corona crisis

Trade unions have a critically important role in mitigating the economic and social effects of the coronavirus crisis. UNI Asia-Pacific Regional...


08.04.2020 | Cross-cutting regional issues | Coronabrief

No quick wins: The COVID-19 crisis and climate change

The measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic have led to a decline in CO2 emissions. But without structural changes in place, this will not benefit...


24.03.2020 | Cross-cutting regional issues | Coronabrief

The many faces of COVID-19 in Asia

All realms of public life in Asia will be affected by the most severe pandemic in our lifetimes thus far.



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