The United Nations Commission for Social Development (CSocD) recently adopted a resolution promoting the empowerment of people in achieving poverty eradication, social integration, full employment and decent work for all in the so-called "post 2015 development agenda", as advocated by the European Union.
The European Union has been calling for a prominent role of full and productive employment, decent work, social protection, addressing inequalities and inclusive and sustainable growth both in the post-2015 development agenda and in the so-called "Rio+20" follow-up.
These issues were covered in the Commission communication "Decent Life for All" and in the following Council conclusions. Our arguments were presented in statements made by the EU at the UN Open Working Group for Sustainable Development Goals and in other international forums.
The European Commission contributed to the debate at the CSocD by providing expertise and participating in plenary discussions, in a panel on the social drivers of sustainable development and in a side event on achieving inclusive growth and decent work.
On the eve of the CSocD session, the Civil Society Forum urged the governments to implement the ILO Recommendation No. 202 concerning the establishment of national floors of social protection and the Decent Work Agenda as an effective means to secure employment and income security.
The resolution on Promoting empowerment of people in achieving poverty eradication, social integration and full employment and decent work for all, adopted on 14 February, invites Member States to give due consideration to promoting the empowerment of people in achieving poverty eradication, social integration and full employment and decent work for all in the post 2015 development agenda.
The post-2015 development agenda is an is an ongoing process at UN level to define the global framework that will reinforce the international community’s commitment to poverty eradication and sustainable development.
One of the main outcomes of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012, was the agreement by Member States to launch a process to develop a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs).