Equity and employment for the poorest

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Development talks

15 maj, Equity and employment for the poorest

Uppdaterad: 21 november 2014

På seminariet ”Equity and employment for the poorest” den 15 maj samlas ledande svenska och internationella aktörer för att diskutera hur de kan bidra till en inkluderande och hållbar utveckling genom att underlätta för människor som lever i fattigdom att förbättra sina levnadsvillkor genom ett anständigt och produktivt arbete.

One of many challenges is to ensure that people living in poverty can participate in and contribute to economic development. If not, we risk contributing to societies with increasing disparities and inequalities, social unrest and stagnation in poverty reduction.

Employment can serve as a bridge between economic growth and poverty reduction, but it has to be productive, of certain quality and provide incomes above poverty levels. It has to provide people with rights, dignity and safe working conditions. According to International Labour Organization (ILO), about 40 million jobs need to be created each year to provide new job entrants with employment. Added to this challenge is the already vast number of un-and underemployed people around the world struggling to make ends meet, working under hazardous conditions or even forced labour.

This seminar will discuss how different actors can contribute to inclusive and sustainable development by facilitating for people living in poverty to improve their living conditions through decent and productive employment.

Date: Thursday, 15 May
Time: 09.00 – 11.00
Venue: Hörsalen, Sida, Valhallavägen 199, Stockholm
Admission is free of charge and the seminar will be held in English

Register here. Follow on Twitter #DTequity.


Moderator: Marika Griehsel

08:30 Registration

09:00 Introduction
Charlotte Petri-Gornitzka, Director General Sida

09:10 Global Employment Trends 2014
Guy Ryder, Director-General International Labour Organization (ILO), Geneva

09:30 Panel discussion

What are the roles and responsibilities of governments, international organizations, donors, businesses and trade unions to ensure that people living in poverty can participate in and contribute to growth processes and ensure that no one is left behind?

  • Mr. Riaz Hamidullah, Director-General Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh
  • Helena Helmersson, Head of Sustainability, H&M
  • Kristina Henschen, LO-TCO Secretariat of International Trade Union Development Co-operation
  • Guy Ryder, Director General International Labour Organization (ILO), Geneva
  • Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Director General, Sida

10.45 Inclusive growth, poverty reduction and the role of employment in the post 2015 development agenda
Anna Brandt, Ambassador, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sweden

11:00 Closure

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