ILO Applauds G20’s Support for a Human-Centered Approach to COVID-19 Rehabilitation

Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), has praised G20 leaders for pledging to use human-centered policy approaches in their COVID-19 pandemic recovery plans. 

The G20 Declaration reflected the ILO’s Global Call to Action for a Human-Centered Recovery, which was endorsed by its 187 Member States last June at the close of a weekend of meetings in Rome. 

The G20 Declaration emphasized the leaders’ commitment to maintaining safe and healthy working conditions, decent labor for all, social fairness, and social dialogue, noting the disparities aggravated by the COVID-19 epidemic. 

In order to eliminate disparities, abolish poverty, assist worker transitions and reintegration into labor markets, and promote inclusive and sustainable growth, the Declaration stated that social protection systems would be enhanced. 

The ILO Director-General mentioned the delayed global labor market recovery and the “great divergence” between higher and lower-income nations in remarks to G20 leaders, as underlined in the latest ILO Monitor report on COVID-19 and the world of work. 

Ryder also brought up social protection and a just transition to greener economies during a G20 session on sustainable development. He urged countries to embrace the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ Global Accelerator for Jobs and Social Protection, which was established at the UN General Assembly in September. 

With the world’s attention turning to the COP26 climate summit, which begins on October 31st, a substantial portion of the G20 Declaration focused on the environment, climate change, and energy, as well as sustainable development funding. 

The leaders’ Declaration reaffirmed countries’ commitments to gender equality and women’s empowerment, including a pledge to implement the G20 Roadmap Towards and Beyond the Brisbane Goal, as well as to rapidly increase the quantity and quality of women’s employment, with a focus on closing the gender pay gap. Furthermore, eliminating gender-based violence, bridging the digital gender barrier, developing young people’s abilities, and including migrants and refugees in the pandemic response were all prioritized. 

The Antalya Youth Goal is a commitment made by G20 nations to reduce the share of young people who are most at risk of being permanently left behind in the labor market by 15% by 2025. The Declaration calls on the ILO, in collaboration with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), to continue monitoring progress towards the Antalya Youth Goal. 

The Declaration also mentions the OECD’s 2021 Annual International Migration and Forced Displacement Trends and Policies report to the G20, which was prepared in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).