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.
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.
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Author: Ashleigh Kate Slingsby
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