ECOSOC 2015 Integration Segment: Achieving sustainable development through employment creation and decent work for all (30 March - 1 April 2015)

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The theme for the Integration Segment of the 2015 session of the Economic and Social Council was “achieving sustainable development through employment creation and decent work for all”.

A focus on how the creation of good quality jobs could be a tool for promoting the economic, social and environmental aspects of sustainable development provided an opportunity for Member States, civil society, the private sector, academics and other key actors to discuss and elaborate upon the many ways in which people are at the centre of sustainable development. At the same time, the meeting served as a platform to identify policy choices and possible trade-offs that could arise from an integrated approach. We currently face massive environmental, social, economic and employment challenges. Tackling these issues together in an integrated manner makes sense.

The 2015 Integrated Segment focused on:

  1. National and international economic policies to facilitate sustainable development and decent work;
  2. Transforming the informal economy and upgrading rural economies to enhance productivity and promote better jobs in an environmentally sustainable manner;
  3. Reducing poverty and addressing rising income inequality with a neutral environmental impact;
  4. Expanding green jobs, building resilient societies and promoting more sustainable patters of consumption and investment;
  5. The social floor, living wages, labour market institutions and sustainable development;
  6. Training, skills and active labour market policies for sustainable development.

At work in Africa

On behalf of USG Maged Abdelaziz, Special Adviser on Africa, the Director of the Office of the Special Adviser participated in a panel discussion on the theme of "At work in Africa", on Tuesday, 31 March, 2015 from 3:00 to 4:30pm.

Despite encouraging levels of economic growth, much of Africa continues to face persistent challenges of under- and unemployment, particularly amongst its burgeoning youth population, as well as high incidences of informality and challenges posed by lack of peace and security. Economic growth on its own, if concentrated in the hands of a few, or in an enclave economy, can be detrimental to a nation and may perpetuate insecurities or hinder development in post-conflict countries.

The panel discussed policies aimed at translating sustained economic growth with broad-based and job-rich outcomes to generate inclusive sustainable development. The African Union’s transformative Agenda 2063 envisions that African economies will create shared growth, decent jobs and economic opportunities for all. Moreover, the Common African Position (CAP) on post-2015 development agenda which was adopted by African Heads of States and Governments reiterates that, “the post-2015 development agenda process should galvanize political will and international commitment for a universal development agenda, focused on the eradication of poverty and exclusion as well as the pursuit of sustainable inclusive development."

More information on the panel discussion in the programme PDF >>

Did you know?

  • 5.9% of the labour force was without a job in 2014, with wide variations across countries.
  • 13% of all youth was unemployed in 2014.
  • Almost half of the world’s employed population are still working in vulnerable conditions, pre-dominantly women, and are thus prevented from accessing basic necessities and decent work.
  • 839 million workers in developing countries (or 27% of global employment) are unable to earn enough to lift themselves and their families above the US 2 dollar a day poverty threshold.

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