UN to Consider New Strategies for Finding Decent Jobs for All

World leaders, eminent economists, business and trade union leaders, and UN experts will gather for a three-day event in New York from 30 March to 1 April to grapple with the challenge of finding decent jobs for all.

News | 25 March 2015
The Integration Segment of the Economic and Social Council will focus on “achieving sustainable development through employment creation and decent work for all.” The Segment will demonstrate how the creation of good quality jobs could be a tool for promoting the economic, social and environmental aspects of sustainable development. The Segment will also serve as a platform to identify policy choices and possible trade-offs that could arise from an integrated approach.

Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, Bahamian Prime Minister Perry Gladstone Christie, and Nobel Prize-winning economist Prof. Joseph Stiglitz are among the speakers briefing consultations organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) on how to achieve people-centred, sustainable and economically-sound development while tackling global unemployment.

Speaking about the importance of this ECOSOC meeting, Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) stated that "the world of work has always been the crucible in which significant and lasting social change is forged. However, the dynamics in today's labour markets challenge our ability to ensure decent work outcomes. And this is critical because generating enough good quality jobs is central to sustainable development."
There are presently 202 million people unemployed globally, with millions more working in poor conditions.
With one in every three workers living on less than US$2 a day, the participants will discuss how to achieve poverty eradication through stable and well-paid jobs. Success stories from around the globe and addresses from leaders of the ILO, International Trade Union Confederation and International Organization of Employers will shed light on practical policy initiatives and innovative, on-the-ground solutions to generating decent employment.

Vladimir Drobnjak, ECOSOC Vice-President said that “We must ensure that productive capacities, employment, decent work, and social protection are made more prominent in the future sustainable development agenda”.

Special sessions will also focus on opportunities to create jobs while addressing climate change, and on tackling the youth and gender dimensions of quality employment – the youth unemployment rate was almost three times the rate for adults in 2014, and the majority of the 1.45 billion workers working in vulnerable conditions globally are women.

The ECOSOC meeting comes as countries are gearing up for the Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa this July, the Sustainable Development Summit in New York, and the climate negotiations in Paris. The need for green growth ensures dignified employment for all is at the heart of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.

WHO: Speakers include:

• His Excellency Mr. Jakaya Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania
• His Excellency Mr. Perry Gladstone Christie, Prime Minister of the Bahamas
• His Excellency Mr. Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden
• President of the General Assembly, His Excellency Mr. Sam Kahamba Kutesa
• Vice-President of ECOSOC, His Excellency Mr. Vladimir Drobnjak
• Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Jan Eliasson
• Mr. Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization
• Mr. Min Zhu, Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
• Ms. Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation
• Mr. Daniel Funes de Rioja, President, International Organization of Employers
• Prof. Dr. Robert Shiller, Nobel Laureate and Professor of Economics, Yale University
• Prof. Dr. Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate and Professor of Economics, Columbia University

For a full programme visit: www.un.org/en/ecosoc/integration/2015/pdf/programme.pdf

WHEN: ECOSOC 2015 Integration Segment: 10am–6pm on Monday 30 March, Tuesday 31 March and Wednesday 1 April 2015
• Media stakeout: Monday 30 March, 9.40am – 12.30pm
• Press conference with His Excellency Mr. Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden, Monday 30 March, 3.45pm – 4.30pm
WHERE: ECOSOC Chamber, UN Headquarters, New York
All sessions will also be webcast at http://webtv.un.org

For more information visit: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/integration/2015
Social media hashtags: #600millionjobs, #decentwork, #action2015

Media contact: Claire Anholt, UN Department of Public Information,
anholt@un.org, +1 917 367 4807
Paul Simon, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, simonp@un.org, +1917 367 5027
Kevin Cassidy, International Labour Organization, cassidy@ilo.org, +212 697 0150, Ext 110