The Buenos Aires Commitment and its contribution to multilateralism

Verónica Montúfar, PSI Equalities officer spoke at a side event to the UNCSW67 organised by the Argentinian Government, ECLAC and the Global Alliance for Care, on “The Buenos Aires Commitment and its contribution to multilateralism”.

Thank you all for convening this important panel and for those gathered here today. We find ourselves in a hopeful moment, with our region playing a significant role in shaping the international perspective on public services. The Buenos Aires commitment reflects both our regional identity and a broader, more comprehensive view. We support and affirm the statements made by various individuals and collectives involved in this process, including those representing the movement and institutional bodies.

The commitment acknowledges the diverse ways in which care services are organized globally, ranging from powerful integrated systems to smaller public service programs and projects. Recognizing the impact of the pandemic, especially on women who comprise seventy percent of our organization's members, we responded by addressing the crisis of care as an ethical and political imperative. In October 2020, we introduced a manifesto for the rebuilding of the social organisation of care, emphasizing five essential aspects: recognising care as a human right, redistributing care responsibilities between family members and public services, and affirming the public nature of care.

Our understanding of the Buenos Aires commitment is deeply rooted in this manifesto and highlights its conceptual significance. One crucial aspect is the inclusion of the concept of the social organisation of care in a multilateral instrument, as well as the care economy's recognition beyond its economic dimensions. We emphasize the importance of perceiving care as a multidimensional factor that encompasses social, cultural, and political dimensions.

Within this context, we believe there are two key aspects to strengthen in the Buenos Aires commitment. Firstly, it is vital to identify the responsibilities and co-responsibilities of different actors within the social organisation of care. Not all actors are in the same circumstances or hold the same roles, so a clear understanding is crucial. Secondly, we must enhance the visibility of care workers, highlighting that they are not solely limited to family and domestic work.

This moment of hope calls for collective action, fostering multilateralism, and engaging with the global social movement. We must come together, engaging in social dialogue to progress and continue building upon this hopeful momentum. Thank you

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