The ILO Global Jobs Pact adopted by government, employer and labour representatives in 2009 and backed by the United Nations and G20 leaders represents a strong consensus between actors of the real economy.
The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) adopted the Resolution E/2009/L.24 on the Jobs Pact, encouraging the UN Member States to take on key elements of its policy framework in their efforts to address job growth in their countries.
Leaders of the G20, concerned about finding a more balanced approach to the global economy, committed to establish a framework for strong, sustainable and balanced growth to ensure “a durable recovery that creates the good jobs our people need.” The G20 Leaders Statement, presented in Pittsburgh on 25 September by President Obama, invited the international institutions to consider ILO standards and the goals of the Jobs Pact in their crisis and post-crisis analysis and policy-making activities.
The ILO is fully engaged with its international partners in providing assistance to a number of countries that have expressed their intention to implement a Global Jobs Pact package. The United Nations Chief Executives Board for Coordination – the UN Body that furthers coordination and cooperation on a whole range of substantive and management issues between UN agencies, funds and programmes – endorsed the UN Joint Crisis Initiatives, nine joint programmes, to address the social disruption set off by the global financial and economic crisis. Through its mandate within the initiatives and its leading role on Initiative 5 (Global Jobs Pact) and Initiative 6 (Social Protection Floor), the ILO is also contributing to a more coherent response by the United Nations System.
Growing international support for the Pact shows both the relevance and the timeliness of this global instrument in addressing the jobs crisis.
Some of the most recent endorsements are linked here below.
Organization of American States - Inter-American Council for Integral Development - Declaration of Buenos Aires: Facing the Crisis with Development, Decent Work and Social Protection, Buenos Aires, 8 October 2009