Background

ILO was proposing to convene a workshop in early 2012 to fulfil the mandated requirements identified for the 2012 substantive session of the Economic and Social Council. Ms. Stewart recalled that the Committee had already done considerable work in this area, referring to the development of the Toolkit for Mainstreaming Employment and Decent Work, the Joint Crisis Initiative on the Global Jobs Pact, and the time-bound cluster group, led by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the Secretariat, on the preparation of a system-wide plan of action in relation to the Second United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty, with a focus on full employment and decent work for all.

Ms. Stewart emphasized that the workshop would be an opportunity to take stock of the various strands of policy coherence in the policies and programmes of agencies and identify additional opportunities to broaden collaboration and coherence, with a particular focus on the elements contained in the Global Jobs Pact. The outcome of the workshop could be prepared and submitted as a contribution to the report of the Secretary-General for the 2012 annual ministerial review of the Economic and Social Council, which would focus on the theme “Promoting productive capacity, employment and decent work to eradicate poverty in the context of inclusive, sustainable and equitable economic growth at all levels for achieving the Millennium Development Goals”.

Discussion

In the discussion that followed, members expressed support for the efforts of ILO on decent work and employment and noted the opportunity to work together in this important area. In this regard, the World Bank indicated that the next version of the World Development Report would focus on jobs. Some members expressed that in addition to the workshop, accelerated action on the ground was needed, particularly to showcase results in areas such as the green economy and green job growth.

Action

The Committee endorsed the ILO proposal to host a workshop in early 2012. It requested ILO to provide a set of proposals that would challenge the system to look at what can be done jointly to amplify decent work and employment issues, building on the previous work of the Committee on this issue.