The world needs a global accelerator for employment and social protection

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GENEVA (ILO News) – To ensure a people-centered recovery and empower people to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world of work, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder has called on countries to support the global accelerator for l employment and social protection launched by the UN Secretary-General, together with the ILO, at the General Assembly last month. This accelerator would increase investment in universal social protection, decent work and a green and just transition.

In a statement at the annual meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group, Ryder recalled how the pandemic has been particularly devastating to the most vulnerable, including women, informal economy workers and children, and stressed that they must face a very different future depending on where they live.

“The recovery is deeply uneven, spurred by large differences between advanced and developing economies in access to vaccines, fiscal capacity and the ability of governments to respond, a growing digital divide and the threat of a debt crisis. imminent. This creates a major divergence, which endangers the recovery itself and undermines trust and solidarity, “Ryder said.

About 8.8% of total working time is estimated to have been lost globally in 2020, he added. This is equivalent to the hours worked in a year by 255 million full-time workers.

Governments around the world have implemented an unprecedented employment and social response to protect people’s health, jobs and incomes, but these measures are insufficient to mitigate the full impact of the crisis and have left 53 unprotected. , 1% of the world population, about 4.14 billion people, Mr. Ryder said.

It is time to show solidarity and increase investment in universal social protection, decent work and gender-equal societies. “

Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General

The ILO Director-General encouraged countries to take the “royal road” of social protection by investing in universal, comprehensive, adequate and sustainable social protection systems, in accordance with international social security principles and standards on rights. humans. Without adequate funding and political will, governments could fall back on a “low road,” characterized by minimal benefits and large coverage gaps, Ryder said.

“Now is the time to show solidarity and increase investment in universal social protection, decent work and gender-equal societies.”

Progress made through the Financing for Development Initiative needs to be sustained and intensified, not only to address the looming debt crisis, but also to unlock investment in an inclusive, sustainable and resilient recovery, redirecting the $ 650 billion IMF Special Drawing Rights (SDRs)) allocation to the countries and purposes that need them most, Ryder said.

He also talked about fighting climate change by creating decent jobs: “A green and just transition has enormous potential for all countries, including investing in more sustainable and diverse economies, as well as creating new opportunities for productive work.

Mr. Ryder recalled the main steps the ILO has taken to lead a recovery that leaves no one behind:

  • At the 109th International Labor Conference in June 2021, representatives of governments, employers ‘and workers’ organizations from 187 ILO member states adopted a global call for action for a people-centered recovery after the COVID crisis -19 that is inclusive, sustainable and resilient.
  • During the General Assembly, the United Nations Secretary-General launched, together with the ILO, a Global Accelerator for Employment and Social Protection with the aim of creating at least 400 million jobs by 2030, mainly in green and green economies. welfare, and to extend social protection plans to over 4 billion people currently uncovered.
  • During the first half of 2022, the ILO will convene a multilateral forum to review progress and step up commitments in support of member states’ people-centered recovery strategies, including through joint initiatives and strengthened institutional arrangements between international and regional institutions.

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