On 20 March 2014, during a High-Level Panel on Decent Work in Fragile States, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the g7+ Group, represented by Dr Helder da Costa, General Secretary of the g7+ Secretariat.
The agreement expresses ILO support for the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States, with special focus on the Peacebuilding and Statebuilding Goals on employment and livelihoods, and on fair service delivery. It foresees joint efforts to adapt the ILO's involvement in g7+ Member States to specific contexts, in close cooperation with their governments, in particular through joint programmes and projects.
Specific attention will be given to case studies and research on the following issues:
- Job creation in States in a fragile situation
- Skills development (based on the demands of job markets)
- Social protection and social safety nets.
International labour migration policy will be the subject of coordination between development partners and g7+ Member States, as well as the socio-economic reintegration of refugees and other citizens of fragile States, particularly those from within the same region and in neighbouring States;
Work will also cover the development and provision of relevant national, regional and international labour market statistics.
The g7+ is a voluntary association of countries that are or have been affected by conflict and are now in transition to the next stage of development. The main objective of the g7+ is to share experiences and learn from one another, and to advocate for reforms to the way the international community engages in conflict-affected States.
The g7+ was formed to work in concert with international actors, the private sector, civil society, the media and the people across countries, borders and regions to reform and reinvent a new paradigm for international engagement. At a crucial time in global dynamics when fragility is seen in both the developed and developing world, the g7+ aims to influence global policy through the founding principles of peacebuilding and statebuilding.
For more information, please contact the Partnerships and Field Support Department, PARDEV@ilo.org