Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Development Forum on Productive Employment and
Decent Work

8-9 May 2006

United Nations Headquarters - New York


The 2005 World Summit helped crystallize the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), into a broad and compelling United Nations development agenda. Heads of State and Government have agreed that productive employment and decent work have to be at the centre of economic and social policies designed to achieve the central Millennium Development Goal of halving poverty by 2015. In this context, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will dedicate its High-level Segment of 2006 to the topic of “Creating an environment at the national and international levels conducive to generating full and productive employment and decent work for all, and its impact on sustainable development”. It is against this background that the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) is organizing a Forum on Productive Employment and Decent Work, to be held on 8-9 May 2006 at United Nations Headquarters in New York.


 Woman entrepreneur with a disability: Petty trader at work in Tigray region, Ethiopia - © 1988 ILO

This meeting, drawing on the lessons learned, will help define policy directions towards optimizing the impact of full and productive employment on sustainable development. The Forum on Productive Employment and Decent Work will feature presentations by a number of eminent specialists on a range of issues related to employment, including, among others, the nexus between growth, employment and poverty; macroeconomic policies for productive employment; labour market flexibility and decent work; social protection options and rural employment. High-level policymakers, Ambassadors, representatives of agencies and organizations of the United Nations system, the World Bank, the IMF, intergovernmental organizations, civil society, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, academia, media and others are expected to attend the meeting.

 Job-seekers, Brazil - © 1988 ILO  

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