The G20 Leaders’ Communiqué covers such crucial issues as the future of work, infrastructure for development, a sustainable food future and a gender mainstreaming strategy across the whole G20 agenda.
In the main section Putting People First and Embracing the Future, it calls for coordinated policy responses and international cooperation to ensure that the benefits of technological change are shared by all.
“The Future of Work can be the future we want – one that provides decent and sustainable work opportunities for all – if we shape it accordingly”, said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder at the thirteenth G20 Summit in Argentina.
The Future of Work can be the future we want – one that provides decent and sustainable work opportunities for all.”Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General
According to the head of the ILO, such measures include the strengthening of labour market institutions, adapting skills training to changing market needs, and achieving more gender equality.
Ryder commended to Leaders the recommendations in a forthcoming report of the Global Commission on the Future of Work. Set up by the ILO, the Commission will present a landmark report on 22 January 2019 launching the ILO’s Centenary.
Argentina's President Macri encouraged G20 Leaders to focus on "dialogue to create consensus for the next ten years" and invited them to "give the world a clear message that together we can set a horizon of development with shared responsibilities, a strong commitment towards gender equity and united by diversity". In that context, Macri stated: "The essence of the G20 is to promote a dialogue that respects differences."
Ryder also welcomed the fact that Argentina’s G20 Presidency had sought to bring social and environmental concerns together. “There are immense opportunities for decent job creation at the same time as protecting our environment.”
ILO research shows that active government policies aimed at meeting the Paris Agreement’s targets would result in the creation of 18 million decent jobs worldwide, while embracing a “circular economy” which encourages goods to be recycled, reused, remanufactured and repaired could create an additional 6 million jobs.
In September 2018, G20 Labour and Employment Ministers adopted a Declaration, Fostering opportunities for an inclusive, fair and sustainable future of work, in which ministers reaffirmed their commitment to promote innovative skills policies, strengthen social protection and formalize labour markets to make them more equitable and inclusive.
Shaping the future of work we want cannot be achieved by governments alone, business and labour will play a critical role in shaping a world of work that puts people, employers and workers, first.”Guy Ryder
Argentina consulted widely during the year running up to the Summit, including with the Business 20 and Labour 20 which bring together organisations of employers and unions from G20 countries. “Shaping the future of work we want cannot be achieved by governments alone”, Ryder commented. “Business and labour will play a critical role in shaping a world of work that puts people, employers and workers, first."