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Future of Work

The impacts of technological advances on the labour market have implications for the achievement of various Sustainable Development Goals in an interconnected and mutually reinforcing way, in particular Goal 1 on ending poverty, Goal 3 on healthy lives and well-being for all at all ages, Goal 4 on education, Goal 5 on gender equality, Goal 8 on decent work and inclusive growth, Goal 9 on infrastructure and industrialization, Goal 10 on inequalities and Goal 17 on partnerships. A number of recent initiatives and activities have been implemented by international organizations, all of which shed light on how changes in the world of work present challenges and opportunities for the 2030 Agenda.

The “United Nations system strategy on the future of work” (CEB/2019/1/Add.2), developed through the High-level Committee on Programmes (HLCP) under the leadership of the International Labour Organization (ILO), provides a system-wide approach towards assisting Member States in addressing changes to the nature of work in a way that contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and also mitigates the risks and realizes the opportunities resulting from new technologies and transformative demographic, environmental and economic megatrends. The strategy is based on a human-centred approach to the future of work, which was echoed by ILO in its Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work, adopted at its 108th session on the occasion of the organization’s 100th anniversary in June 2019.

The strategy provides an overarching policy framework to serve as a basis to ensure coherent policy approaches across efforts by the United Nations system, including at the country level, especially in reducing technological gaps, expanding social protection, promoting life-long learning, boosting sustainable infrastructure investment for green jobs, promoting a care economy and creating supportive macroeconomic policies. It enables the United Nations system to better support Member States in developing a shared policy framework for achieving and ensuring decent jobs for all in future societies within the context of the 2030 Agenda, in particular by improving the coordination and mobilization of knowledge, expertise and capacities across the system and taking into consideration the specific realities and challenges of countries.

The implementation of the strategy is being coordinated and monitored under the continuing leadership of ILO, including in the context of the follow-up to the ILO centenary and Global Commission on the Future of Work.

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Source : CEB