8 July 2013
The Economic and Social Council this afternoon held a general discussion on the role of the United Nations system in implementing the Ministerial Declaration of the High-level Segment of the 2012 substantive session of the Economic and Social Council.
During the general discussion, representatives of States presented some of the measures they were undertaking to boost job creation, and underlined the importance of effective cooperation between the United Nations and other actors in order to generate decent jobs. They said particular attention should be paid to vulnerable groups, including women and persons with disabilities.
The following delegations spoke in the general debate: Russian Federation, Fiji on behalf of the Group of 77 and China, Switzerland, Nepal and Indonesia.
Nestor Osorio, President of the Economic and Social Council, updating delegations on the 2013 High-segment Ministerial Declaration, said that, as consensus had not been reached on all points of the declaration yet, the adoption of the text would be suspended until further notice.
The Economic and Social Council will resume its work at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, 9 July, when it will hold a general discussion on implementation of and follow-up to major United Nations conferences and summits, and on follow-up to the International Conference on Financing for Development. It will also hear an introductory statement by the Director of the Secretariat of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination and hold a question and answer period about the reports of the coordination bodies.
The Council has before it the report of the Secretary-General on the role of the United Nations system in promoting productive capacity, employment and decent work to eradicate poverty in the context of inclusive, sustainable and equitable economic growth at all levels for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (E/2013/56), which highlights inter-agency collaborations that promote productive capacity, employment and decent work; reflections on the Millennium Development Goals and the post-2015 agenda; and considerations for enhanced partnerships and targeted interventions.
General Discussion on the Role of the United Nations System in Implementing the Ministerial Declaration of the High-level Segment of the 2012 Substantive Session of the Economic and Social Council
Russian Federation said that in solidarity with the conclusions of the report of the Secretary-General, Russia had put in place a series of measures to boost growth and employment. In conditions of an ageing population, particular attention should be given to offering support to vulnerable categories of the population. The Russian Federation had created 40,000 working positions for persons with limited capacity and also offered retraining to women on maternity leave.
Fiji, speaking on behalf of the Group of 77 and China, said that they agreed that a more integrated approach was needed to employment generation and the creation of decent jobs. The establishment of a universal, intergovernmental High Political Forum offered a new platform for recommendations and follow-up on the implementation of sustainable development. There should be synergy between the Forum and the Council to ensure optimal results. The capacity to generate decent employment was linked to enhancing productive capacity strategies through investment. Therefore, the immediate mobilization of sources was needed.
Switzerland said that a balanced approach was fundamental to boosting job creation. A range of measures needed to be implemented, including measures to promote economic activity, and measures to generate decent work and contribute to social development and the elimination of poverty. Action should also be taken to improve workers’ skills through training in order to enhance the quality of jobs offered. Better coordination between actors in the system was needed.
Nepal said the report of the Secretary-General rightly pointed out that economic difficulties of developing countries were spreading to least developed countries among others, that global unemployment had increased and that the world was seeing unprecedented youth unemployment. The international community had moral obligations to provide support to the most vulnerable groups of countries. Partnerships with the private sector would be crucial and country leadership and ownership in development was vital.
Indonesia said that addressing the poverty problem, each country should share the burden and recognize their different capacity so that there was no one size fits all approach. Indonesia hoped that the recent completion of the report on the Post-2015 Development Agenda would help countries to have their national sense of readiness and direction in defining and implementing their national development agenda after 2015.
Statement by the President on the Ministerial Declaration
NESTOR OSORIO, President of the Social and Economic Council, updating delegations on the 2013 High-level Segment Ministerial Declaration, said that the text was balanced and fair for both developed and developing countries, and showed how the Council sought to promote the role of science, technology, innovation and culture in the whole area of sustainable development. Nevertheless, as consensus had not been reached on all points of the declaration yet, the adoption of the text would be suspended until further notice.
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