The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Labour
Organization (ILO) have agreed to strengthen their collaboration and
partnership in a major new effort to bolster UN actions designed to reduce
poverty and create more decent work.
ILO Director-General Juan Somavia and UNDP Administrator Kemal Dervis signed
the joint agreement here today in a public ceremony. It is designed to promote
inclusive economic growth with social development to benefit the bottom 20 to
40 per cent of the population, and bolster UN efforts to achieve the Millennium
Development Goals by 2015.
"We urgently need much more inclusive growth", the joint letter signed by the
two agency heads said. "Although we live at a time of unprecedented prosperity;
it is also one of exploding inequalities that hamper poverty reduction.
Alongside democratic participation, we need economic empowerment, which means
decent work for all."
The agreement is a direct follow-up to the 2006 UN Economic and Social Council
Ministerial Declaration on decent work and full employment and a practical step
towards the implementation of UN system efforts to "deliver as one".
The two agencies have already identified a number of countries which offer the
greatest opportunities for combined support from UNDP and the ILO to work
together towards making decent work a central element in UN country programmes.
The agreement is open to other UN agencies and funds and programmes and will
contribute to ongoing UN reform efforts.
The new partnership will give concrete expression to the requirements of UN
Resident Coordinators leading UN country teams in more than 130 countries, to
be strong and effective advocates of the entire UN agenda. It could also serve
as a model for expanded interagency work, in particular for the role and
participation of specialized agencies in the framework of the new Resident
Given UNDP's coordination role, the agreement will be instrumental in advancing
the Decent Work Agenda in UN member States and will provide a boost to the
current level of participation by the ILO in UN country programmes.
The ILO will conduct a training programme for UN Resident Coordinators in
selected countries and their ILO counterparts at its Turin Centre to broaden
understanding of the Decent Work Agenda and map strategies to link decent work
country programmes with UN country programmes and national frameworks for
coordination and programming.
AplusA-online.de - Source: International Labour Office (ILO)