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Robert Lane
on Mon, December 10, 2012 at 03.55 pm

Past event: Briefing on the Growth and Employment Consultations in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Start date: 
Thu, 2012-12-13
End date: 
Thu, 2012-12-13
United Nations Headquarters

 The Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations, the United Nations Development Programme and the International Labour Organization organized a

Briefing on the Growth and Employment

Consultations in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

on December 13th 2012, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m New York Time (GMT - 5) 

A global thematic consultation on growth and employment in the post-2015 development agenda took place in Tokyo, on 15-16 May 2012, co-organized by UNDP and ILO and hosted by the Government of Japan. Please join UN Missions, UN agencies and civil society organizations for a briefing on this first consultation, as well as further consultation plans. 

We want to hear from you. Post your  perspectives on growth and employment in the new agenda in the online discussion

Join the global conversation on growth and employment in the post-2015 agenda. Tweet your thoughts using the tag #jobs2015.

Watch the video recording of the Briefing below.

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Opening Remarks

Mr. Katsuhiko Takahashi, Minister, Permanent Mission of Japan

Mr. Olav Kjørven, Assistant Secretary-General and Director, 
Bureau for Development Policy, UNDP

Ms. Telma Viale, Special Representative of the ILO to the UN


Policy Perspectives on Employment Generation

Degol Hailu, Senior Adviser on Economic Governance, UNDP


Jobs and Livelihoods at the Core of the Sustainable Development Agenda

Aurelio Parisotto, Senior Economist, ILO


Paul Ladd, Senior Adviser, UNDP


Launch of the space on growth and employment on the www.worldwewant2015.org web platform


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Uyanga Gankhuyag from
Fri, December 14, 2012 at 04.16 am
This discussion is now moved to a new discussion "Perspectives on growth and employment in the context of the post-2015 development agenda": http://www.worldwewant2015.org/node/295091. Please join us there!
Anonymous from
Thu, December 13, 2012 at 08.44 pm
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Anonymous from
Thu, December 13, 2012 at 05.28 pm
Elisenda Estruch, Economist, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), Rome:
We are following with great interest this lively discussion. I think the discussion should acknowledge the diversity across countries in terms of structural transformation. For instance, for agrarian-based countries, it is crucial to foster employment-enhancing agricultural and rural development. The thematic discussion should consider also the specific challenges to be addressed in agriculture and in rural areas. This is particularly important given persistent poverty and deepening of the latter in rural areas.At least 70 percent of the world’s extreme poor live in rural areas, and many of them are women, children and young people . Working poverty is pervasive in rural areas and in agriculture, with nearly eight out of ten working poor living on less than USD 1.25 a day in rural areas . The disparities are even more pronounced for rural women as they lag behind rural men and urban women and men on every MDG indicator for which data were available.
Rural poverty is often associated with a disadvantaged employment status. There are pervasive decent work deficits in rural areas, which include gender inequalities, lack of employment opportunities for youth, low wages and low productivity jobs, limited social protection, occupational hazards, child labour, and weak social dialogue. Rural women and youth are particularly disadvantaged. A major rural poverty challenge is child labour, and a staggering 60 % of child labourers work in agriculture, often engaged in hazardous work.
Besides, it is worth recalling that, globally, the agriculture sector provides over 1 billion jobs and in many developing countries, agriculture provides between 20% to more than 50% of national GDP, and the majority of the poor live in rural areas with income based on agriculture. Further, agricultural growth has strong potential for reducing poverty. We all recall WB estimates by which 1 percent GDP growth originating in agriculture increased the expenditures of the three poorest deciles at least 2.5 times as much as growth originating in the rest of the economy.
Anonymous from
Thu, December 13, 2012 at 05.02 pm
Thanks for invitation to comment on such a crucial issue. The main functions of any economic system are (i) to supply goods and services to all at a reasonable price and (ii) to provide purchasing power to each through employment. Unfortunately, the political leaders in developing countries ignore this mundane duty on their part and try to continue in power by adopting divide and rule policy in the name of religion, caste ethnicity etc. In order to deal this problem a global management policy for full employment in global economy is required. At the outset the planning process in this direction is required to decide what to produce, how much to produce and how to produce, how much man power of what qualification is required. Then arrangement for the education and training should be made so that only required man power should be created and none should fail to get job according to capability. For the purpose population management in long run is essential. Efforts should be made for the over populated countries to bring down their population to optimum level. A quality universal education system is also required to make the global population conscious for a successful operation of this programme.- Krishna Kant Jha, India <kkdbg2003@yahoo.co.in>
Anonymous from
Thu, December 13, 2012 at 05.01 pm
Good succinct presentations. What I want to make sure is included are issues that are specific to the small, vulnerable "middle income" countries of the Caribbean region. Especially in the context of high debt, slow growth, vulnerability to natural disasters, declining ODA and limited fiscal space. These are the realities with which we work and so while all the points are valis they need to be rolled out in specific contexts. Country offices must be at the forefront of designing and rolling out the post MDG agenda.
Anonymous from
Thu, December 13, 2012 at 04.58 pm
Question #jobs2015:
How can the new generation of sustainable development goal, specifically on growth and employment draw on tools such as the Guiding Principles to ensure their recommendations regarding the vision and shape of a Post-2015 development agenda lead to the full realization of human rights for all?
Cipriano ALMADA from
Thu, December 13, 2012 at 04.53 pm
In ape Verde we receive the video signal and sound very bad. we cannot follow the conversation.
Robert Lane from
Thu, December 13, 2012 at 05.00 pm
We are sorry to hear this. Please share your thoughts and questions regardless of how well you are able to connect.
Robert Lane from
Thu, December 13, 2012 at 04.33 pm
Stream is up! Please join the discussion below by posting your questions and comments for engagement with the speakers. Also, join the discussion on twitter with hashtag #jobs2015
Anonymous from
Thu, December 13, 2012 at 04.24 pm
Any progress with live stream?
Anonymous from
Thu, December 13, 2012 at 04.19 pm
Cape Verde is waiting
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Fri, December 14, 2012 at 01.37 pm
I'm sure you will be very happy...
Robert Lane from
Thu, December 13, 2012 at 04.14 pm
bear with us as we bring the web stream up. thanks for your patience!
Anonymous from
Thu, December 13, 2012 at 04.13 pm
Countries could dramatically increase GDP by closing the gender gap in employment rates. In order to secure women's full participation in economic transformation, a range of factors would need to be addressed, notably:
• Discriminatory land and inheritance laws and lack of legal guarantees on land ownership, bearing in mind that 70% of the world's farmers are women.
• Unequal access to, control over and legal guarantees to economic assets and rights including financial services
• Discrimination in the labour market
• Unequal share between women and men of unpaid care roles and responsibilities
• Gender-based violence and norms restricting women’s mobility
• Relatively poor access to post primary education, training and technology relative to men
• Self-exclusion from the work place because of social norms which suggest it is dishonourable or shameful, particularly if travel is required

How will these issues be tackled in the #post 2015 #jobs2015 process?
Anonymous from
Thu, December 13, 2012 at 10.06 am
How can governments use economic and industrial policy to create more opportunities for jobs and more inclusive growth?
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