BackgroundThe COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating impacts on labour markets around the world. There has subsequently been an economic and labour market recovery, but recovery patterns have varied across regions and countries, with emerging and developing countries lagging behind as a result of lower vaccination coverage and constrained fiscal space to undertake wider recovery measures. Even prior to the current spikes in food and energy prices and the crisis in Ukraine, the economic and labour market recovery to pre-pandemic levels was expected to be slow and fragile, and these contemporary developments are expected to make a recovery that is inclusive, sustainable and resilient even more elusive and hinder the accomplishment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG 8 on sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
Well-designed policies that are adequately financed will be instrumental in addressing the current challenges. In this regard, integrated National Financing Frameworks (INFFs), which have been developed and implemented in many countries around the world, provide an important toolkit for countries to ensure policy coherence and a whole of government approach while addressing obstacles to financing the SDGs. At the same time, the implementation of national employment policies (NEPs) in developing countries to support both the recovery from the pandemic and longer-term goals necessitates comprehensive financing strategies, as does the Secretary-General’s Global Accelerator on Jobs and Social Protection for a Just Transition. The Accelerator seeks to create at least 400 millions jobs by 2030, primarily in the care and green economies and extend social protection floors to over 4 billion people currently not covered. To support an inclusive, sustainable and resilient recovery and future of work, these frameworks need to be coherent and aligned with each other.
ObjectivesThe webinar objectives are:
- Strengthen the knowledge of participants on INFFs, national employment policies and the Global Accelerator on Jobs and Social Protection for a Just Transition
- Provide a forum to share knowledge and experiences in strengthening coherence between INFFs, NEPs and the Global Accelerator;
- Present and learn from a study on strengthening coherence between INFFs and NEPs;
- Explore synergies on employment-related work in the context of the UN’s Common Agenda and its prioritization of job opportunities and youth;
Draft Agenda15:00 – 15:05 Welcome and introduction, Sukti Dasgupta, ILO
15:05 – 16:00 Presentations on:
- INFF Facility (10 mins), Yanis Konstantin Kuehn-Von Burgsdorff, UN-DESA
- INFF implementation at country level (10 mins), Tim Strawson, UNDP
- Joint ILO-UNDP Guidance Note on mainstreaming decent work in INFFs (10 mins), Wolfgang Schiefer, ILO
- INFFs and NEPs: Coherence for inclusive, resilient and job-rich recoveries (15 mins), Dr Anis Chowdhury, consultant
- Global Accelerator on Jobs and Social Protection for a Just Transition (10 mins), Jean-François Klein, ILO
16:20 – 16:30 Wrap up, Sukti Dasgupta, ILO