Review of SDG implementation and interrelations among goals: Discussion on SDG 8 - Decent work and economic growth
Wednesday, 10 July 2019
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ

Official meeting

Documentation

SDG 8 promotes “sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all”. It reaffirms the mutually supportive relationship between economic and social policies, full employment and decent work. Progress has generally been slow on the twelve interconnected SDG8 targets.

Major gaps remain and progress has been uneven across regions. Some major emerging economies have enjoyed relatively strong growth and diversification, while others have fallen further behind. Many regions underperform on measures of inclusive and sustainable economic growth. Despite many progresses, not all the workforce is enjoying decent work. Globally, labour productivity has increased and unemployment is back to pre-financial crisis levels. However, the global economy is growing at a slower rate and a worrying productivity gap is opening up between low income countries and middle-income countries. More progress is needed to create decent work for all, including through increasing employment opportunities, particularly for young people, reducing informal employment and labour market inequalities, promoting safe and secure working environments. Access to financial services also needs to be improved to ensure sustained and inclusive economic growth. An integrated approach that addresses the goals of economic growth, for economy, society and the planet, requires resource de-coupling and inclusiveness in order to achieve SDG 8.

This session will have an interactive discussion format.

Background note is available here

Information for Expert Group Meeting on SDG8 is available here

Proposed guiding questions:

  • What progress has been made towards SDG 8? What are the most important remaining gaps? What are practical, evidence-based and cost-effective policy recommendations? What are the most important potential future challenges and prospects in the years until 2030?

  • What are the most important interlinkages between SDG 8 and the other SDGs that need to be taken into account in devising effective policies in the SDG 8 areas? What actions are needed to secure a greater coherence between economic, social, environmental and labour market policies?

  • What do we understand by the terms sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth? Can this new way of thinking drive the much needed transformation in the way we approach the economy, society and environment?

  • What are the underlying principles and institutional environment necessary for decent work and SDG 8? How can fundamental principles and rights at work and other labour rights be safeguarded and enhanced towards the achievement of SDG 8?

  • How can we reinvigorate the social contract based on a human-centered approach and ensure that social justice and equality result?

  • How important have finance, trade, science, technology and innovation aspects been for SDG8 progress? How could we more effectively accelerate progress? How will artificial intelligence, automation, bio-tech, nano-tech, digital-tech impact the poorest countries?

  • How can the participation of local authorities, the private sector, civil society and philanthropic organizations, among others, be improved? How can the voices of youth be better reflected in policies and actions? How can the monitoring and data situation be improved? What lessons have we learned from global partnerships related to SDG 8?

Chair:

  • H.E. Mr. Valentin Rybakov, Vice President of ECOSOC

Presentation:

  • Ms. Faryal Ahmed, Development Data and Outreach Branch, Statistics Division of UN DESA

Moderator:

  • Mr. Moussa Oumarou, Deputy Director-General for Field Operations & Partnerships, ILO

Resource persons:

  • Mr. Mamadou Diallo, Deputy Secretary-General, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

  • Ms. Darja Isaksson, Director General, Vinnova, Sweden

  • Mr. Peter M. Robinson, President of the United States Council for International Business (USCIB) and International Organization of Employers (IOE) Regional Vice President for North America

  • Ms. Xiaolan Fu, Professor and Founding Director, Technology and Management Centre for Development; Professor of Technology and International Development and Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford University

Lead discussants:

  • Ms. Olga Algayerova, Executive Secretary of ECE

  • Mr. Matthias Thorns, Deputy Secretary-General, International Organization of Employers (IOE) (MGoS)

Followed by interactive discussion

Biographies
H.E. Mr. Valentin Rybakov
Vice President of Economic and Social Council, on the messages from ECOSOC Integration Segment
H.E. Mr. Valentin Rybakov

Vice President of Economic and Social Council, on the messages from ECOSOC Integration Segment

H.E. Ambassador Valentin Rybakov has served as Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Belarus since 2013, prior to which he was Assistant to the President from 2006 to 2013. From 2005 to 2006 he headed the Ministry’s American Division (2005) and from 2003 to 2005 he served as Counsellor/Minister Counsellor in the Embassy of Belarus in the United States.

He has also worked with his country’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, serving as Counsellor from 2001 to 2003.

Having joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus in 1993, Mr. Rybakov is a graduate of the Minsk State Pedagogical Institute for Foreign Languages.

Born in 1958 in Tomsk, Russian Federation, Mr. Rybakov has one son.

Mr. Mamadou Diallo
Deputy General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation
Mr. Mamadou Diallo

Deputy General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation

Mamadou Diallo was born in Dagana (Senegal) on 15 August 1954. After earning a master’s degree in philosophy and anthropology and the Certificat d’Aptitude à l’Enseignement Secondaire (secondary school teaching certificate) from the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) of Dakar, he began working as a philosophy teacher at the Lycée Lamine Gueye in 1983. He went on to become Social Affairs Advisor at the Ministry of Health and Social Action and Coordinator for the UNICEF/Senegalese government programme for "Children in Need", and then a member of the Economic and Social Council as workers’ representative.

He became active in the trade union movement in 1981 when working as a trainee teacher.

He then became General Secretary of the SYPROS teachers’ union in 1995.

In 1996 he was elected Confederal Secretary in Charge of Administration of the Confédération Nationale des Travailleurs du Sénégal (CNTS) and in 1999 went on to become Confederal Secretary for Education and Training and Director of the confederation’s National Workers’ Education Institute (INEFO).

He joined the ICFTU in Brussels in 2003 as the head of the Trade Union Development Cooperation and Education Unit.

Following the founding of the ITUC, he became the head of Trade Union Development Cooperation and Education, ITUC-Africa Coordinator and Director of the Human and Trade Union Rights Department.

He was elected Deputy General Secretary of the ITUC in December 2017.

Mr. Matthias Thorns
Deputy Secretary-General, International Organization of Employers (IOE) (MGoS)
Mr. Matthias Thorns

Deputy Secretary-General, International Organization of Employers (IOE) (MGoS)

As Deputy Secretary-General, Matthias Thorns has a part in the overall responsibility for the management of the IOE Secretariat in its work to support the global business community in itsrepresentation vis-a-vis the UN institutions, as well as G20, G7 and other international initiatives.

His career began as Adviser for Social Affairs in the European Business Federation UNICE (now BUSINESSEUROPE), before moving to the Confederation of German Employers as Adviser and later Deputy Director of the International and European Affairs Department, looking after European and International Social Policy, CSR and Human Rights as well as OECD ELSA matters.

After leaving the Confederation of German Employers in 2012, Matthias joined the IOE as Senior Adviser, leading the work on Human Rights, G20 and G7, Global Supply Chains as well as SMEs.

In 2017 Matthias joined the Workplace Rights team of The Coca-Cola Company as Human Rights and Workplace Rights Manager, where he was among other things responsible for the planning, coordinating and drafting of the first stand-alone Human Rights Report of The Coca-Cola Company, the Human Rights training for bottling partners as well as the roll-out of the revised human rights policy of the Coca-Cola Company across the regions.

In 2018 he was appointed IOE Director of Stakeholder Engagement and a year later IOE Deputy Secretary-General. Matthias supervises the IOE’s work related to G20 and G7, human rights, agenda 2030, migration and programmes under an EU framework agreement, and is responsible for the IOE company networks: the Global Industrial Relations Network (GIRN), the Global Occupational Safety and Health Network (GOSH) as well as the Corporate Partner Initiative.

Matthias is a member of the Governance Committee of the Centre for Sports and Human Rights, the UN Global Compact Expert Network, Co-Chair of the ILO Child Labour Platform and member of the Global Coordination Group of the Alliance 8.7.

Matthias holds a Master of Arts in European Studies and a Magister Artium in History and Philosophy, both from the University of Hannover.

He participated in the CGF “Future Leaders Programme” in 2018 and in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) of the U.S. State Department in July 2012.

Mr. Moussa Oumarou
Deputy Director-General for Field Operations & Partnerships, ILO
Mr. Moussa Oumarou

Deputy Director-General for Field Operations & Partnerships, ILO

Mr Oumarou completed his secondary studies in his home country, Niger, and from 1978 undertook advanced studies in France. He holds diplomas from the Institut Universitaire de Technologie de Béthune, the Ecole Normale Nationale de Lyon and the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan from which he graduated as Inspector of Technical Studies and Vocational Training.

Before joining the ILO, Mr Oumarou occupied many positions in teaching and in public administration which led him to occupy several positions of responsibility such as that of Inspector in Technical Studies and Vocational Training and Secretary-General of the Ministry of National Education. Following this, he was appointed Minister of Public Services, Labour, Employment and Social Security from 1997 to 1999. In these various positions of responsibility he was, in particular, a member of the Inter-Ministerial Committee responsible for negotiating with the International Financial Institutions (IFI) in the context of economic and social reforms, and President of several committees instructed to negotiate on behalf of the Government with the social partners. It is during this period that he had the texts adopted for the establishment of a National Commission of Social Dialogue (one of the first in Africa). He also proceeded to the revision of the General Statutes of Public Service and implementing supplementary regulations of law on the Labour Code. After leaving the Government in Niger, Mr Oumarou started working for the ILO, first as a consultant for social dialogue, then as coordinator of a national project for the promotion of the Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. He then became Chief Technical Advisor of the Regional Programme for the Promotion of Social Dialogue in French-speaking Africa. In 2006, he joined the ILO headquarters where he served as Senior Labour Administration and Labour Inspection Specialist.

In 2011 he was appointed Director of the Industrial and Employment Relations Department and, during this period, also assumed the duties of the Executive Director of the Social Dialogue Sector. He became the Director of the Governance and Tripartism Department in 2013 and subsequently Deputy Director-General for Field Operations and Partnerships on 1 January 2018. He has authored several publications on social dialogue and labour administration. His career earned him the decoration of Chevalier des Palmes Académiques (Academic Order) and Chevalier de L’Ordre National de Niger (National Order of Niger).

Mr. Peter M. Robinson
President of the United States Council for International Business (USCIB) and International Organization of Employers (IOE) Regional Vice-President for North America
Mr. Peter M. Robinson

President of the United States Council for International Business (USCIB) and International Organization of Employers (IOE) Regional Vice-President for North America

Peter Robinson is President & CEO of the U.S. Council for International Business (USCIB) where he previously served as senior vice president and chief operating officer. As the U.S. affiliate of the International Organization of Employers (IOE), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and Business at the OECD, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide.

Robinson has also long been involved in international education, having served on the boards of directors of several leading educational organizations. He is an appointee to the President’s Committee on the International Labor Organization and the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Public-Private Partnerships. He has been a co-Chair of the B20 Employment and Education Task Force, serves on the IOE Management Board and is IOE regional Vice President for North America.

Ms. Darja Isaksson
Director General, Vinnova, Sweden
Ms. Darja Isaksson

Director General, Vinnova, Sweden

Working with digitalisation since the 1990-ies, Darja Isaksson is the founder of two successful agencies, working with business- and product development for clients such as Sony Ericsson, IKEA and Husqvarna. In her work, she has led teams where the results have been innovative services and products used by millions of customers, as well as new ways of working with innovation. Apart from being executive advisor and board member of multiple companies, she has served as advisor to the Swedish Government in the Digitalisation council as well as the Swedish Prime Ministers Innovation Council, evaluated national research and innovation programmes and served on the board of Swedish research institutes RISE ICT and RISE Interactive. As a result of her work, she has been awarded "Most powerful opinion maker in Sweden", and is listed as one of the "Worlds' 100 most influential people in digital government." She is the Director General of the Swedish Innovation Agency Vinnova since August 2018.

Ms. Olga Algayerova
Executive Secretary of ECE
Ms. Olga Algayerova

Executive Secretary of ECE

Ms. Olga Algayerova is the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. Algayerova is a graduate of the University of Malta and the Open University Business School, and holds a master's degree in contemporary diplomacy and an Engineer of Economy diploma from the University of Economics Business Faculty, Bratislava.

Prior to her appointment, she served as Permanent Representative of Slovakia to the International Organizations in Vienna, Austria (since 2012). She was previously President, Slovak Millennium Development Goals (2010-2012); State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2006-2010) and Corporate Export Manager, Zentiva International (2004-2006).

Ms. Xiaolan Fu
Professor and Founding Director, Technology and Management Centre for Development; Professor of Technology and International Development and Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford University
Ms. Xiaolan Fu

Professor and Founding Director, Technology and Management Centre for Development; Professor of Technology and International Development and Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford University

Xiaolan Fu is the Founding Director of the Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD), Professor of Technology and International Development and Fellow of Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford. Her research interests include innovation, technology and industrialisation; trade, foreign direct investment and economic development; emerging Asian economies; innovation and productivity in UK/US. She is appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to the Governing Council of the Technology Bank for the Least Developed Counties and to the Ten-Member High Level Advisory Group of the UN Technology Facilitation Mechanism.

She has written many books. Her latest one is Innovation Under the Radar which is forthcoming. She has published extensively and is an editor in chief for leading international journals. Prof Fu has received many awards, has advised a number of UN agencies and serves on many international boards. She participates in in various interviews and panel discussions in the mainstream media.

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