Enhancing Linkages between USP and Employment for Decent Work

Employment creation and social protection, alongside rights at work and social dialogue, constitute the four pillars of decent work. In the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Goal 8 calls for the promotion of sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work, and Goal 1 on ending poverty, calls for the implementation of nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors. Social protection has also been acknowledged to play a catalytic role in accelerating progress across all the other SDGs. In recognition of the crucial role social protection and employment creation play in the face of the multiple crises we are facing in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, including crises of care, climate, cost-of-living, and energy, along with transformations in the world of work. Demographic change and the resurgence of violent conflict, the UN Secretary-General launched the Global Accelerator on Jobs and Social Protection for Just Transitions. The Global Accelerator brings back the SDGs to the center of the development efforts and aims to make good the ground lost in the fight against poverty and inequality and to facilitate socially acceptable transitions in response to the above-mentioned crises.