_____English____Português____Español__

Press Room

The “Jobs Challenges” Event explores Employment in terms of the Post 2015 Millennium Goals Development Agenda

Today the “Jobs Challenges” event is being held in New York City concerning achieving sustainable and inclusive development through the creation of decent jobs. UNDP’s Olav Kjørven (Assistant Secretary-General and Director, Bureau for Development Policy) will be attending the event. The event has been prompted in light of the post-2015 Millennium Goals development agenda discussions; shedding a spotlight on the global jobs crisis. The topic is of great concern at a time when 470 million new jobs are required between 2016 and 2030 to satisfy the demand for the world’s job seeking individuals. Alarmingly this would not accommodate the 202 million who are currently unemployed globally. It has been recognised that the global jobs crisis demands the input of national government, the private sector and the international community.

General Assembly Opens 68th Session: John Ashe (centre), President of the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly, flanked by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) and Tegegnework Gettu, Under-Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management. 17 September 2013  United Nations, New YorkPhoto Credit: UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

General Assembly Opens 68th Session: John Ashe (centre), President of the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly, flanked by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) and Tegegnework Gettu, Under-Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management. 17 September 2013
United Nations, New YorkPhoto Credit: UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

In the lead up to the event, nearly 1 million people were surveyed as to what goals should replace the current Millennium Development Goals post 2015.  “Growth and Employment” was designated among 11 themes representing a major concern of people around the world. It is being presented as a recommendation to UN Member States and to the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, which are spearheading the post-2015 planning processes.

The event is taking place as a side event to the 68th Session of the General Assembly. Six central themes have emerged from the latest report on Growth and Employment, compiled by hundreds of experts, activists, citizens and policymakers. Briefly, these include employment generation, generating inclusive growth through decent jobs, promoting productive economic sectors, expanding social protection, strengthening the voice of workers and reforming global economic governance in the interest of the developing world. The impact of technology on the future of employment is of central concern as it provides a multitude of new possibilities in terms of education, production and employment. Correspondingly, population dynamics and migration will play central roles in jobs policies of the future, most notably in terms of the youth bulge.

The jobs crisis undermines faith in political leadership and government thereby weakening the bonds of society and exacerbating inequality and instability. The 75 million young people who are unemployed represent an urgent point of need that if not effectively addressed could have a negative impact on the future of human development worldwide.

Related Publications:

One Pager #116 – Employment Policies in Brazil: History, Scope and Limitations

One Pager #112 – Rethinking Public Employment Programmes: Moving Beyond Safety Nets?

Working Paper #66 – Public Works and Employment Programmes: Towards a Long-Term Development Approach

One Pager #105 – Green Jobs for the Poor: Why a Public Employment Approach is Needed Now

Working Paper #56 – The Impact of Inflation Targeting on Unemployment in Developing and Emerging Economies

One Pager #80 – Confronting Crises: Learning From Labour Markets in the Past

One Pager #74 – What Impact Does Inflation Targeting Have on Unemployment?

Poverty In Focus #16 – Jobs, Jobs, Jobs – The Policy Challenge

One Pager #61 – Where Are the Jobs that Take People Out of Poverty in Brazil?

Working Paper #44 – Do Changes in the Labour Market Take Families out of Poverty? Determinants of Exiting Poverty in Brazilian Metropolitan Regions

One Pager #46 – Wage Cutting in Kenya Will Expand Poverty, Not Decent Jobs

Country Study #12 – A Proposed Strategy for Growth, Employment and Poverty Reduction in Uzbekistan

Working Paper #40 – Addressing the Employment-Poverty Nexus in Kenya: Comparing Cash-Transfer and Job-Creation Programmes

Country Study #6 – Expanding Decent Employment in Kenya: The Role of Monetary Policy, Inflation Control, and the Exchange Rate

Country Study #4 – Strengthening the Employment Impact of an MDG-Based Development Strategy for Yemen

Working Paper #28 – A note on measuring unemployment

Country Study #1 – An Employment-targeted Economic Programme for South Africa

One Pager #16 – India needs an Employment Guarantee Scheme

Working Paper #5 – Reorienting development: towards an engendered employment strategy

Author: Ashleigh Kate Slingsby

Short URL: http://pressroom.ipc-undp.org/?p=15503

Posted by on Sep 23 2013. Filed under Development Innovations, Featured News, Institutional, News, Slider. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply

Search Archive

Search by Date
Search by Category
Search with Google