Preparatory Meeting on the Theme of the 2006 High Level
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”.
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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.
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.
All documents are in PDF Format
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