Global Commission on the Future of Work

Global Commission update

Press release | 10 May 2018
The Global Commission on the Future of Work will be holding its third meeting on 15-17 May 2018 at ILO headquarters in Geneva. It is then scheduled to meet once more (15-17 November 2018) before presenting its final report in early 2019, the year of the ILO centenary.

Over the past two months, the Global Commission has been engaged in a series of “policy dialogues” with experts on specific issues on which the Commission sought to deepen knowledge:

12 April 2018 ‒ Lifelong learning: who pays, who delivers?: Experts and commissioners explored the key components of a system of lifelong learning adapted to meet the needs of the future of work, including the governance of lifelong learning, operational models for the delivery of lifelong learning, and potential financing mechanisms.

16 April 2018 ‒ The future of work in the rural economy: Experts and commissioners considered options for the sustainable development of the rural economy, measures to improve livelihoods and the opportunities that new technologies hold for enhancing agricultural yields and connecting local economies to global markets. Ela Ramesh Bhatt, the founder of the Self-Employed Women's Association of India (SEWA) was present to share her experience on the organization and empowerment of rural workers.

27 April 2018 ‒ Leveraging big data, algorithms, AI, blockchain and other digital technologies for decent work and sustainable enterprises: Experts and commissioners considered the impacts of technology on jobs and work organization, and policy options for leveraging technology for decent work.

10 May 2018 ‒ Beyond GDP: The measurement and value of work and well-being: Experts and commissioners explored the adequacy of current measures such as gross domestic product (GDP), as well as other measures of work and well-being.


14 May ‒ Inclusive growth and development: Aligning practices in the private sector with the 2030 development agenda: Experts and commissioners will consider strategies and policies to better align business practices with the goals of the 2030 development agenda. Experts will showcase concrete examples from business and finance of strategies aimed at inclusive development and decent work.