The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, together with the International Labour Organization under the aegis of the Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond Initiative (FfDI), convened a Meeting of Heads of State and Government on Jobs and Social Protection for Poverty Eradication. It was held virtually on September 28, from 9.00am to 12.00 p.m.
The high-level meeting is intended to identify concrete actions and recommendations to initiate a cycle of job-rich growth and expand social protection systems to facilitate a just transition and eradicate poverty, creating co-benefits for people and planet in the process.
The High-Level event included an opening segment followed by a policy discussion to frame the ambitions needed for a socio-economic recovery to advance decent job creation, social protection and poverty eradication. The discussion looked into macro-economic policies to finance green jobs and social protection and at how to create an enabling environment to ensure that financing reaches the most vulnerable, promoting environmentally sustainable enterprises and formalisation. It also discussed the role of the private sector in creating decent jobs, facilitating the green transition and strengthening social protection for poverty eradication.
In order to achieve a human centered recovery, commitments are required from global leaders. The meeting convened Heads of State and who were invited to express commitments through a Call to Action with the aim of promoting policy coherence. Leaders from the private sector, trade unions, and academia were invited to participate.