LRGNext2021 - Thematic Session #4: Care | Climate & Emergencies

18 Nov 2021 Geneva, Switzerland 18 Nov - 18 Nov

LRGNext2021 - Thematic Session #4: Care | Climate & Emergencies

  • 18 Nov - 18 Nov
  • Geneva, Switzerland

The fourth thematic session of PSI's Local & Regional Government (LRG) Network Series, taking place on Thursday 18 November, from 1-4pm CEST.

All sessions are online. Each thematic session is composed of two segments as follows: an initial kick-off contribution by affiliates, experts and allied organisations as appropriate (30 min); a plenary discussion (30 min); and a summary of key conclusions and action points (15 min).

I. LRG and the territorial dimension of care

Social care, whether public or private, is often subsidised, regulated and provided through at a local and regional government level. It is often delivered via community health centres and homes. In some countries, care remains a highly feminized, undervalued, precarious and informal profession, even when delivered within a LRG framework.

Covid has unveiled the deep injustice and major shortcomings embedded in the current social organisation of care. This session will discuss issues, good practices and proposals for change. It will be co-designed with PSI’s Health and Social Services and Gender Equality staff.

Welcome and opening contributions

  • Banaani Deka, Project Organiser South Asia, PSI

  • Dries Goedertier, CSGP-ACOD, Belgium

  • Cecilia Fraga, Researcher, PSI

Closing remarks

  • Karol Florek, Researcher

Speakers videos & presentations

II. LRG and the territorial dimension of climate, public emergencies and environmental protection

Cities and regions are at the forefront of the climate crisis, which is causing more frequent and severe disasters, requiring stronger public emergency response mechanisms. LRGs have the potential to cut up to one-third of global greenhouse gases and many are implementing climate innovation.

They are also key to protect public health, the environment, green spaces and natural resources. LRG workers such as first responders, firefighters, waste workers, rangers and urban planners and their unions must have decent working conditions and respect for trade union rights to enable them to fully engage in all the challenges ahead, both in the risks they assume in their work and the skills and dedication they bring to bear.

Welcome and opening contributions

  • Sandra Van Niekerk, Climate Change Project Coordinator, PSI

  • Helene Davis-Whyte, JALGO, Jamaica

  • Gerardo Juara, AGOEC Trabajadorxs del Ambiente, Argentina

Speakers videos & presentations

Background documents:

Related LRG policy briefs

LRGNEXT2021 Thematic Sessions