Decent work has become a universal objective and is highlighted by Goal 8 of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and across other interconnected SDGs. In order to achieve decent work for all women and men in all corners of the world, governments, businesses, employers’ and workers’ organizations need to make this a political priority.
The multilateral system, with the United Nations at its core, provides support to countries in their endeavours to achieve sustainable development. As emphasized by the ILO Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work, “decent work is key to sustainable development, addressing income inequality and ending poverty, paying special attention to areas affected by conflict, disaster and other humanitarian emergencies”.
The UN development system continues to reform to be fit for purpose. The ILO and its tripartite constituents continue to be active agents in the process to bring about a more coherent and coordinated UN system by joining efforts with its many partners at global, regional and country levels. As mentioned by the UN General Assembly resolution endorsing the Centenary Declaration, the ILO and its constituents have played an historic role and positive contributions during its 100 years of promoting social justice.
The ILO also cooperates within the broader multilateral system that includes the G7, G20, international financial institutions and regional groupings, to promote policy coherence on decent work issues, recognizing the strong, complex and crucial links between social, trade, financial, economic and environmental policies. Hence, the Organization is well positioned to develop its human-centred approach to the future of work.
ILO Director-General warns of threat to social justice at meeting with Chancellor Scholz and other international organization leaders
30 November 2022
Social justice, social protection and creating enough decent jobs were discussed during the Director-General’s visit to Berlin, which also resulted in new cooperation agreements with the World Bank and the German government.
18 November 2022
Addressing the 5th World Congress of the International Trade Union Confederation in Melbourne, Gilbert F. Houngbo called for a Global Coalition for Social Justice to prioritize social justice in policy making and tackle multiple crises that are impacting the world of work.
16 November 2022
The G20 leaders commitment to work together to tackle the current multiple crises facing the world and to support greater social justice and decent work, has been welcomed by the ILO’s Director-General, who attended the Summit.
How the ILO works with the multilateral system
The ILO works with the rest of the UN family, at all levels, to promote decent work and sustainable development.
A new post-2015 era demands a responsive framework where prominence is given to “inclusive and sustainable growth and decent employment” as part of transformative and mutually reinforcing actions for all countries.
The World Bank Group and the ILO have partnered to help countries invest in stronger social protection systems, encourage youth employment, promote skills development and build resilient infrastructure to encourage employment opportunities.
The G20 can be seen as the premier forum for international economic cooperation and the ILO contributes data, analysis and policy recommendations on labour, economic and social issues to the G20 to strengthen the global economy.
The ILO and other multilateral partnerships
The IMF and the ILO have come together to stimulate discussion on how international cooperation and policy innovation can improve the capacity of economies to generate enough good jobs to strengthen social cohesion.