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G20: Leaders commit to growth in line with decent work

G20, Pittsburgh, 25 September 2009: The G20 Leaders' Statement announces a Framework for Strong, Sustainable, and Balanced Growth, committing to decent work principles and developing quality jobs as part of balanced economic growth.

"Putting Quality Jobs at the Heart of the Recovery

43. The prompt, vigorous and sustained response of our countries has saved or created millions of jobs. Based on International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates, our efforts will have created or saved at least 7 – 11 million jobs by the end of this year. Without sustained action, unemployment is likely to continue rising in many of our countries even after economies stabilize, with a disproportionate impact on the most vulnerable segments of our population. As growth returns, every country must act to ensure that employment recovers quickly. We commit to implementing recovery plans that support decent work, help preserve employment, and prioritize job growth. In addition, we will continue to provide income, social protection, and training support for the unemployed and those most at risk of unemployment. We agree that the current challenges do not provide an excuse to disregard or weaken internationally recognized labor standards. To assure that global growth is broadly beneficial, we should implement policies consistent with ILO fundamental principles and rights at work."


Source: G20 Leaders' Statement and A Framework for Strong, Sustainable, and Balanced Growth


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