1. “It might still take some time for employment to follow. For people losing their job, the crisis is not over.”
    Dominique Strauss-Kahn: IMF Managing Director, Global Creative Leadership Summit, New York, 23 September 2009

International partners

The ILO Global Jobs Pact adopted by government, employer and labour representatives in 2009 and backed by the United Nations and G20 leaders represents a strong consensus between actors of the real economy.

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) adopted the Resolution E/2009/L.24 on the Jobs Pact, encouraging the UN Member States to take on key elements of its policy framework in their efforts to address job growth in their countries.

Leaders of the G20, concerned about finding a more balanced approach to the global economy, committed to establish a framework for strong, sustainable and balanced growth to ensure “a durable recovery that creates the good jobs our people need.” The G20 Leaders Statement, presented in Pittsburgh on 25 September by President Obama, invited the international institutions to consider ILO standards and the goals of the Jobs Pact in their crisis and post-crisis analysis and policy-making activities.

The ILO is fully engaged with its international partners in providing assistance to a number of countries that have expressed their intention to implement a Global Jobs Pact package. The United Nations Chief Executives Board for Coordination – the UN Body that furthers coordination and cooperation on a whole range of substantive and management issues between UN agencies, funds and programmes – endorsed the UN Joint Crisis Initiatives, nine joint programmes, to address the social disruption set off by the global financial and economic crisis. Through its mandate within the initiatives and its leading role on Initiative 5 (Global Jobs Pact) and Initiative 6 (Social Protection Floor), the ILO is also contributing to a more coherent response by the United Nations System.

Growing international support for the Pact shows both the relevance and the timeliness of this global instrument in addressing the jobs crisis.

Some of the most recent endorsements are linked here below.

G20 Labor and Employment Ministers, Washington DC, 20-21 April 2010

Meeting of the Ministers of Labour and Social Affairs of the Portuguese Speaking Countries Community, Fortaleza Declaration, Fortaleza, 24 February 2010

The Tripartite High Level Meeting on Decent Work for Sustainable Development in the Pacific. Port Vila Statement on Decent Work, Port Vila, 9 February 2010

Follow up of the Informal Meeting of the European Union Ministers of Employment and Social Security, EU Presidency Background Paper, Barcelona, 29 January 2010

International Business Leaders’ Declaration on International Trade and Economic Recovery, Davos, 28 January 2010

Declaration of Labour Ministers from Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico on Growth with Employment. Santiago de Chile, 13 January 2010

United Nations Ministerial Conference Social Impact of the Economic Crisis in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Turkey, Almaty Ministerial Declaration, Almaty, 8 December 2009

Declaration:Acting together for the ILO Global Jobs Pact

Joint Declaration - Third Ibero-American Social Partners’ Meeting

Arab Employment Forum: A Jobs Pact for Recovery and Growth, Arab Agenda for Employment, Beirut, 21 October 2009

Organization of American States - Inter-American Council for Integral Development - Declaration of Buenos Aires: Facing the Crisis with Development, Decent Work and Social Protection, Buenos Aires, 8 October 2009

African Union: Declaration on the Implementation of the Global Jobs Pact in Africa, Addis Ababa, 29 September 2009

OECD Final Communiqué – Tackling the jobs crisis: the labour market and social policy response, Paris, 29 September 2009

G-20 Leaders’ Statement: Pittsburgh G-20 Summit, Pittsburgh, 25 September 2009

Informal Meeting of the European Union Heads of State or Government. Agreed Language for the Pittsburgh G-20 Summit, Brussels, 17 September 2009

UN Economic and Social Council Resolution 2009/L.24 Recovering from the Crisis: a Global Jobs Pact, Geneva, 21 July 2009

G8 Leaders Declaration: Responsible Leadership for a Sustainable Future, Extract on Employment and Social Dimension. L’Aquila, 8 July 2009

  1. India, Brazil and South Africa promote a job-rich recovery

    The 4th Summit of the India-Brazil-South Africa Dialogue Forum concludes with calls for strengthened social policies in shaping a sustainable globalization


  1. MDGs remain achievable despite setbacks due to the crisis

    05 October 2010

    UN Summit "Keeping the Promise: United to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals" despite global crisis hindering growth and employment

  2. ILO and Australia sign first-ever partnership agreement

    20 April 2010

    The Government of Australia and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have signed a five-year Partnership Agreement that will provide $A15 million in the first two years to promote employment and decent work in the Asia-Pacific region.

  3. UN Chief Executives Board puts job creation and social protection at the heart of its Joint Crisis Initiatives

    01 March 2010

    UN agencies address the social disruption caused by the global financial and economic crisis