On Tuesday, October 31, UN Member States, advocates, and other representatives gathered for the first time to commemorate the International Day of Care and Support, which was established by a landmark resolution (A/RES/77/317), facilitated by the Permanent Missions of Chile and Spain to the United Nations.
Paula Narvaez, President of ECOSOC and Permanent Representative of Chile to the United Nations, emphasized that “domestic work is still being considered invisible and unattended in economic and social politics”. For this reason, building a support system for care workers and caregivers is fundamental to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, specifically SDG #5.
The takeaways of the UN Member State participants in the event (Chile, Mexico, Spain, the Philippines, and Colombia) addressed care and support as a need, a human right, and an important goal to achieve and promote the Human Rights Agenda. Antonio Manuel R. Lagdameo, Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations, encouraged other UN Members to develop partnerships to work on policies related to care and support.