May 2014

  1. How profitable is the exploitation of people? Sadly, extraordinarily so.

    28 May 2014

    The profits made from the exploitation of the 21 million men, women and children trapped in forced labour in today’s private economy is cause for alarm and immediate action.

  2. Lack of decent work remains obstacle to more sustainable and inclusive growth

    23 May 2014

    Growth in the global South has weathered the crisis better than in many advanced economies. But how sustainable is their recovery in the face of joblessness and rising inequalities?

  3. Decent Work connects to every dimension of sustainable development

    23 May 2014

    The UN Secretary-General's statement to the General Assembly's high-level meeting makes a strong case for employment and decent work for all in the post-2015 development discussions.

  4. © David Sillitoe 2022

    Beyond North and South

    23 May 2014

    As the benefits of international cooperation become better understood, could more inclusive and accountable partnerships help achieve a new kind of post-2015 agenda?

  5. Working together and getting results for indigenous peoples

    20 May 2014

    Indigenous peoples have a powerful ally that, in a few short years, has helped recognize and expand their rights in countries on three continents.

  6. Advancing rights and expanding opportunities through good governance

    14 May 2014

    It is increasingly recognised by the international community that indigenous peoples are vital to defining solutions for our common future.

April 2014

  1. Rights and dignity at the heart of development

    11 April 2014

    An assessment of the ICPD Programme of Action shows many gains but persistent challenges remain in addressing population dynamics, accessing health services, migration and the enjoyment of basic rights.

  2. Transitioning from informality to the formal economy: realizing decent work for all

    02 April 2014

    The informal economy thrives in a context of high unemployment, underemployment, poverty, gender inequality and precarious work. How can we get to decent work from here?

  3. © UN Photo/Mark Garten 2022

    Delivering as one: Social Protection Floors

    01 April 2014

    The UN Development Group has expressed its support for a longstanding system-wide initiative to improve development cooperation to expand national social protection floors.

March 2014

  1. Gender inequalities persist as deadline for MDGs draws near

    19 March 2014

    The situation for many women and girls has only worsened as a result of the crisis. Can social protection measures offer a way out?

  2. © Alberto Coutinho/GovBa 2022

    Leaving no one behind: the role of social protection

    17 March 2014

    The Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals has now recognized focus areas to guide the upcoming agenda. What role can social protection floors play in realizing the priorities identified?

  3. © UN Women/Jashim Salam 2022

    Gender equality and women’s empowerment a global priority

    13 March 2014

    The 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women sharpens it focus on challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls.

February 2014

  1. Accelerating economic growth: Fiscal consolidation versus employment-friendly policies

    20 February 2014

    Austerity measures in advanced economies have depressed aggregate demand and slowed growth, while failing to bring down high levels of public debt. Is there another way?

  2. © UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe 2022

    Green and decent jobs go hand in hand

    13 February 2014

    Officials from Indonesia, Germany, Brazil and several UN agencies including the ILO have met to discuss the future of jobs in a greener, more sustainable global economy.

  3. © flickr Photo / jikatu 2022

    Economic recovery producing profits, not jobs

    06 February 2014

    A weak global recovery has failed to create jobs, but is yielding considerable profits for many businesses, a new report says.

December 2013

  1. Lessons and livelihoods emerge from disaster in the Philippines

    17 December 2013

    On 16 December, ECOSOC convened a meeting of UN member states, agencies and other relief organizations to discuss the international response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

  2. Adapting and balancing the three dimensions of sustainable development

    06 December 2013

    As the fifth session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals closes, greater focus is placed on a more progressive greening of familiar development activities.

November 2013

  1. The Future of Work in 2030

    12 November 2013

    Experts at the United Nations have analyzed employment trends and the promise of new technologies to assess policy options and plan for the future of the world of work.

  2. Can trade liberalization and social progress go hand-in-hand?

    12 November 2013

    A new report by the ILO says trade agreements with labour provisions have increased significantly in the last two decades, which may provide more comprehensive commitments to enhancing workers’ rights.

  3. UN Economic and Social Council set to tackle new sustainable development agenda

    07 November 2013

    The United Nations Economic and Social Council has embarked on a timely slate of far-reaching reforms that will make it a stronger, more issues-oriented body.