The report is the result of an unprecedented process of consultation which involved more than one million people from all over the world, including representatives of national and local governments, the private sector, unions and civil society. All in all, 88 national consultations, 11 thematic dialogues and a global survey were carried out.
The report shows that the key areas covered by the MDGs remain critically important: ending income poverty and hunger, gender equality, health services and access to quality education. But people are also worried about new challenges: inclusive growth and decent jobs, environmental sustainability, governance, and peace and security.
In fact, better job opportunities were one of the top four priorities identified in the Myworld2015 global survey, which reached about 800,000 people through an online platform. Job creation also emerged as a pressing need in nearly all the 88 countries where the UN had national consultations.
According to the report, the gap between the number of people who seek productive employment and those who have access to a decent job was seen as “unsustainable socially, economically, environmentally and politically”.
People who took part in the global thematic consultation on Growth and Employment also called for more attention to the quality of economic growth and agreed that employment and decent work should be a core development goal and one central objective of macroeconomic policies. They were also in favor of extending nationally defined social protection floors to shelter and empower those who cannot work.
The consultations were made possible due to an extraordinary level of collaboration between all UN agencies. The ILO and its tripartite constituents engaged very actively in many national and regional contexts. The ILO also took the lead in organizing the thematic consultation on Growth and Employment, in cooperation with UNDP, and contributed to the thematic discussions on Inequalities, Governance, Education, and Population Dynamics.