Post-2015 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals

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The 2030 Agenda embraces three dimensions of sustainability – economic, social and environmental. It has 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that put people and planet at its centre, giving the international community a framework for tackling the many challenges confronting humanity, including those in the world of work.

The importance of decent work in achieving sustainable development is highlighted by Goal 8 which aims to “promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all”.

Goal #8: Decent work as a driver of development

Transforming economies for quality growth and quality jobs has been a main theme in the discussion on the development framework beyond 2015, setting the stage for the proposal of a sustainable development goal #8 to “promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all”. This global goal, strengthened by reference to aspects of decent work such as 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 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. 2030 Agenda

    ILO SDG Implementation Plan

    The adoption by the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015 of “Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” creates a major opportunity for the UN as a whole and the ILO in particular to support member States in their commitment to ambitious sustainable development goals (SDGs) that reflect a broad consensus on a wide range of urgent and interconnected priorities.

  1. Decent work for sustainable development

    Leaving no one behind

    With the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and the Paris Climate Agreement, world leaders committed member States to end extreme poverty and to set the world on a path for sustainable development. The 2030 Agenda is also a universal call for global social justice, addressing poverty, inequality, inclusion and a commitment to leave no one behind.

  2. Outcome document

    Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

    25 September 2015

    This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom recognizing that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.

  3. 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”.

  4. 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.

  5. ILO policy paper

    Recommendation of the ILO's Governing Body for the post-2015 development agenda

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