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The Post-2015 Development Agenda

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A new Agenda for global action

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) provided a shared framework for global action and cooperation on development from 2000 to the end of 2015. Ahead of the MDG deadline, the Open Working Group (OWG) for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed a proposed set of 17 sustainable development goals for the post-2015 era. Intergovernmental negotiations began in January 2015 and, in September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly will adopt its new development agenda.
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Goal #8: Decent work is key for sustainable development

The Open Working Group (OWG) for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognized that quality growth and jobs should be central to a new development framework beyond 2015. This lead to the proposal of SDG #8 to “promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all”. This global goal, strengthened by specific targets on social protection and skills development under other proposed goals, is an indispensable response to the concerns of many governments and the demand of people in countries in all regions.

Practical, transformative and measurable targets

The proposed sustainable development goal 8 is supported by a set of aspirational global targets that reflect the labour market challenges of countries at different levels of development. Several priorities of the decent work agenda are included as targets under Goal 8, while others are mentioned as targets under other proposed goals. All these are key trends and gaps in the labour market requiring attention within the new framework.

Background documents

  1. Worldwide survey

    We the Peoples: Celebrating 7 Million Voices

    12 December 2014

    The We the Peoples: Celebrating 7 Million Voices report presents the global results of MY World, the UN survey for a better world, which was developed in response to the Secretary-General’s call for “the most inclusive development agenda the world has ever seen”.

  1. Synthesis report of the UN Secretary-General

    The road to dignity by 2030: Ending poverty, transforming all lives and protecting the planet

    4 December 2014

    The document lays out a 15-year vision for sustainable development, which recognizes the links between the UN's three pillars of work: human rights, peace and security, and development.

  2. ILO Policy paper

    Recommendation of ILO's governing body for the post 2015 development agenda

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