New ideas in response to the global jobs crisis

As part of the preparatory process for the 2012 ECOSOC Annual Ministerial Review, UNDESA held an e-discussion on “Jobs, Decent Work and Inclusive Growth”

The e-discussion, held from 8 February to 14 March in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and International Labour Organization (ILO) served as an open, multi-stakeholder forum for practitioners, academic experts and policy-makers to share new ideas and formulate critical policy messages to the UN intergovernmental decision-making process in response to the global jobs crisis.

This year, Mr. Stephen Pursey (ILO) and Mr. Selim Jahan (UNDP) facilitated the e-discussion as expert moderators, guiding participants through a range of issues including (1) the role of decent work in recovering from the recent crises, (2) successful micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) development, and (3) inclusive employment policies and programmes, specifically for women and youth.  Over 140 contributions were submitted during the five-week discussion period.  The summary report synthesizing the recommendations and best practices discussed by participants will feed directly into the Annual Ministerial Review being held in New York during ECOSOC’s Substantive Session in July.

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E-discussion on “Jobs, Decent Work and Inclusive Growth”