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The Post-2015 Development Agenda

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A new development agenda

As a result of the September 2010 MDG Summit, UN Member States initiated a process to advance the development agenda beyond 2015 and are now leading a process of open, inclusive consultations on the post-2015 agenda.

One of the lessons from the drive to implement the MDGs is that full and productive employment and decent work for all is both an objective and a means of achieving sustainable development with social inclusion and greater equity."
ILO Director-General Guy Ryder

A new goal: Decent Work for all

Your world, your say

  1. Thematic consultations

    What kind of World do you Want?

    Co-convened by civil society and the United Nations, the post-2015 consultations aim to capture the voices of citizens around the world and shape the post-2015 development agenda.

  2. Take the survey

    U.N. Global survey for a better world

    What's the most important issue to you ?

Background resources

  1. Policy paper

    ILO recommendation for the post 2015 development agenda

    A six-point strategy for a post-2015 sustainable development framework.

  2. ILO Concept note #2

    Jobs and livelihoods: Meaningful ways to set targets and monitor progress

    Focus on how to set targets and indicators to help achieve decent work as an explicit goal of the global development agenda beyond 2015.

  3. UN Development Group

    Growth and Employment in the Post-2015 Agenda: Messages from a Global Consultation

    “The government has to play a proactive role in creating jobs and employment. They can’t just [only] work through the private sector hoping that the private sector will create jobs and good jobs for its citizens."

  4. ILO Concept note #1

    Development happens through jobs

    The ILO calls for job creation and social protection to be included in the list of Development Goals which will be drawn up by the United Nations after the target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals passes in 2015.

  5. UN Secretary-General's Millenium Summit report

    A Life of Dignity for All

    “Inclusive economic growth with decent employment and decent wages has proven to be a prerequisite for achieving the Millennium Development Goals."

News and events

  1. 69th Session of the UN General Assembly

    Unless you have people earning money, you don't have demand, says ILO Head

    24 September 2014

  2. © UN Photo/Rick Bajornas 2014

Decent Work and development

As the UN crafts its post-2015 goals, a look at how decent work for all underpins sustainable development.
The Americas: Latin America and the Caribbean<br /> <br /> There are at least 53 million domestic workers worldwide, 83 per cent of whom are women. In Latin America and the Caribbean, approximately 17 million women are domestic workers and 78 per cent are in the informal economy. The ILO has supported awareness-raising campaigns to improve working conditions and extend social protection, such as organizing Sunday fairs for information on the rights and duties of domestic workers and their employers. These events increased recognition of the National Federation of Domestic Workers of Bolivia, and facilitated dialogue between the union and the Ministry of Labour. The dialogue led to the ratification of the Domestic Workers’ Convention, 2011 (No. 189). A target in the proposed SDG 5 relating to social protections includes, “recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work.”
Africa<br /> <br /> Child labour can be found everywhere, including in Malawi. The ILO’s Support for the National Action Plan to combat child labour in Malawi, called “SNAP” has made a positive difference in people’s attitudes. Pamela, who used to work as a child domestic worker, was removed from child labour and she is now enrolled in a formal youth technical institute recognized by the government, to pursue full training in carpentry. The ILO is working to secure space for former child labourers in centres run by the government, thus improving their lives and ensuring social protections for them. Pamela’s story illustrates a target of SDG 4: “by 2030 [provide] equal access to vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples, and children in vulnerable situations.” Arab States<br /> <br /> Irbid, a governorate in northern Jordan, hosts more than 170,000 Syrian refugees who have fled the violent disturbances ravaging their country and now represents more than 40 per cent of Irbid’s population. In response to the effect of the Syrian refugee influx on Jordan’s labour market, since September 2013 the ILO has launched a series of efforts to support communities in the country’s northern governorates of Irbid and Mafraq, which together host around half of the Syrian refugee population in Jordan. The aim is to mitigate the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on Jordan by enhancing access to employment opportunities and livelihoods for residents in host communities. A target within SDG 10 is to “facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people.” Asia and the Pacific<br /> <br /> In April, 2013, the Rana Plaza building housing garment workers collapsed, killing more than 1,100 workers and injuring 2,500. In May 2013, two global unions (Industriall and UNI Global), some Bangladeshi unions and international brands and retailers (now totalling 100), signed an Accord -- under which company signatories committed to ensure the implementation of health and safety measures. The ILO acts as neutral chair of the Accord, estimated to cover a combined supply chain of 1,500 factories. Plus, the ILO’s "Better Work" programme will provide advisory services to factories. The ILO’s response illustrates a target related to decent work within SDG 16, which is to “protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements.” Europe <br /> <br />  In 2013, in the European Union, 18 per cent of young people were unemployed. Seeking work wherever they can find it, 31 million people have emigrated to find jobs. The ILO and the EU have partnered on employment and social affairs on a long standing basis. Today some 26 projects and programmes are being implemented jointly in 89 countries. The ILO provided technical input for the development of the European Youth Guarantee Scheme adopted by the EU, under which member states agreed to implement measures to ensure young people up to the age of 25 are offered good quality employment, continuing education, an apprenticeship or a traineeship, within four months of becoming unemployed. This ILO priority is tackled under SDG 4, which aims to “by 2030, increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills.”

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