G20 discusses public policies to improve employment

The official agenda of the Employment Working Group, which seeks to promote lifelong skills development, drive labour formalization, and strengthen social protection, began today.

In the presence of Argentine Labour Minister Jorge Triaca and the Argentine G20 sherpa Pedro Villagra Delgado, the G20 Employment Working Group began its first official meeting of the year. The group is made up of officials from G20 countries and international organizations, and seeks to develop public policies that improve employment at the global level.

The meeting will continue tomorrow and is the first in a series of three under the Argentine G20 presidency, the other two taking place on 11-12 June and 3-5 September. The Employment Working Group’s recommendations will be presented to G20 labour ministers and representatives of international organizations who convene in September. They in turn will present the proposals to heads of state and government at the G20 Leaders’ Summit, taking place on 31 November -1 December in Buenos Aires.

At the opening of the event, Minister Triaca highlighted the G20’s potential to make a global impact. “We are proud to host this great opportunity to work together on issues that are central to the lives of all workers. And, to discuss the future of work, new forms of employment in a world of constant change, and issues that still have room for development, such as gender equality and disabilities in the workplace, so as to encourage a more inclusive and fair job market.”

After his opening remarks, representatives from the G20 Finance Track and the Education, Digital Economy, and Development Working Groups presented the aspects of their work directly related to the Employment Working Group. At 11.15 am, the Labour 20, Business 20, Think 20, Civil 20, and Youth 20 engagement groups each expressed their views, while some international organizations such as the OECD, World Bank, International Labour Organization, and International Monetary Fund examined the international context.

The meeting’s core activities, which conclude tomorrow afternoon, are the priorities earmarked for joint work and engagement. These include promoting lifelong learning and new skills for more inclusive growth, promoting labour formalization and decent employment, and strengthening social protection for the future of work. In addition, the Employment Work Group seeks to bridge gender gaps and focus on vulnerable social groups.

These initiatives are aligned with the future of work, one of the three agenda priorities set by the Argentine G20 for 2018. “We need to create the conditions for more and better jobs. We need to provide tools and skills to those people looking for a job and those whose jobs are at risk of being replaced by automation. We should explore global initiatives that ensure that everyone has a chance to develop their full potential so as to benefit from the new technological era,” reads the vision document of the Argentine G20 presidency.


About the G20

The G20 started out in 1999 as a meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors. In 2008, amidst the global financial crisis, it evolved into what it is today: a major forum that seeks to develop global policies to address today’s most pressing issues. The G20 summits are attended by the heads of state and government of 19 of the world’s leading economies and the EU. Together, the G20 members represent 85% of global GDP, two-thirds of the world’s population and 75% of international trade.