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The Informal Preparatory Meeting on the Theme of the 2006 High Level Segment.

4-5 April 2006
United Nations Headquarters - New York

The theme for the 2006 High-level segment of the substantive session of ECOSOC is:

“Creating an environment at the national and international levels conducive to generating full and productive employment and decent wok for all, and its impact on sustainable development”.

The choice of this theme is timely as there is now consensus that productive employment and decent work will have to be at the centre of economic and social policies designed to achieve the internationally agreed development goals, particularly the central Millennium Development Goal of halving extreme poverty by 2015. This view was endorsed by Heads of State and Government at the 2005 World Summit who declared: “We strongly support a fair globalization and resolve to make the goals of full and productive employment and decent work for all, including for women and young people, a central objective of our national and international macro-economic policies as well as poverty reduction strategies. These measures should also encompass the elimination of child labour. We also resolve to protect the human rights of workers”.


1998 Jorgen Schytte/Still, Pictures from UNFPA Publication “Generations”

In order to contribute towards a successful outcome of the High-level segment of ECOSOC, a major informal preparatory event will be held at United Nations Headquarters in New York on the 4-5 April 2006, to allow Member States, organizations of the United Nations system, and stakeholders (employers and workers organizations, non-governmental organizations, academia, foundations) to examine the issues and make recommendations on the theme of the High-level segment.

 There will be four keynote addresses and six roundtable discussions. A common theme which runs through all the roundtables is that making decent work a global goal needs stronger commitment and partnership by donors and international institutions, and a clear sense of  common purpose at the country level.

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