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UN officials stress decent work and social protection measures to fight poverty

09-21-2010 09:02 BJT Special Report:Premier Wen Attends 2 UN Conferences |

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Two senior United Nations officials stressed on Monday the need for the creation of decent jobs and improved social protection measures to cushion the most vulnerable people against the effects of unemployment as the world strives to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at a time of slow global economic recovery.

Juan Somavia, the director-general of the UN International Labor Organization (ILO), said labor was not just a means of production, but a means for personal worth, social dignity and family cohesion.

"It makes sense to put jobs at the heart of microeconomic policy," Somavia told a panel discussion on accelerating the achievement of MDGs through decent work, organized by the ILO on the sidelines of the UN MDG summit.

Somavia pointed out that the original concept of the MDGs did not put enough emphasis on the role that creating jobs could play in facilitating the achievement of the goals.

The original model "lacked the weaving factor that linked all the MDGs," he added.

Speaking at the panel discussion, Michelle Bachelet, the newly- appointed executive director of the UN gender entity (UN Women), said it was essential to link decent work with social protection measures to expedite the achievement of the MDGs.

"We need to continue growing the economy, but a job [alone] does not put you out of poverty," Bachelet said, emphasizing the need for training for better jobs and better terms of employment.

"If you have people with better health, better housing, better education, then you will have better workers," she added.

The ILO estimates that unemployment has gone up by more than 30 million people worldwide since 2007. The increase in developed economies has been particularly severe, but the crisis also has hit emerging markets and developing economies.

Editor:Li yang |Source: Xinhua

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