G20 Labour and Employment Ministers agree on social protection as a way to promote creation of quality employment
The G20 Labour and Employment Ministers gathered at Guadalajara, Mexico, 17-18 May 2012. At this meeting, the leaders agreed to promote quality employment, committing themselves to adopt actions that address the social and labour-related effects of the economic crisis. In this regard, the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers stressed the important role played by social protection systems as automatic stabilisers in the crisis. They committed themselves to contribute to the development of policies that improve the countries' social security systems, and encourage better cooperation with the G20 Development Working Group to assist developing countries in capacity building for implementing nationally determined social protection floors.
The leaders highlighted the cooperation between the ILO and the IMF, in collaboration with other international organizations, on sustainability of social protection floors and encouraged its continuation, and look forward to the possible adoption of an ILO recommendation on social protection floors during the upcoming International Labour Conference in June 2012.
For more information read the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers' conclusions.
Read the "Short-term labour market outlook and key challenges in G20 countries", a statistical update on employment and the labour market prepared by the ILO and the OECD for the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers Meeting in Mexico.
Read also the joint ILO/OECD statement encouraging the G20 agenda on economic growth and on jobs to consider the expansion of basic social protection. Social protection policies are a critical component, together with employment, labour market and environment policies, to ensure a rapid recovery in economic growth and ensuring, at the same time, more equity for people.