Topic 7b Employment and Good Work

Next Conference: Track 7b

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Who are we?

Related UN-SDGs


The SDGs promote job creation as a route to poverty alleviation, yet economic growth has often failed to produce shared prosperity. Contributions are invited which examine issues such as these from an interdisciplinary or indeed disciplinary perspective. Qualitative as well as quantitative analyses of shifting employment patterns and individuals' experience of them in both the Global North and South are warmly invited.

  • - What are the work opportunities of a modern ‘green’ economy? What are the skills and training needs required for sustainable development?
  • - Where will these jobs be located and who will they employ? Who will benefit and who will lose in the formal, informal, and ‘gig’ economies?
  • - Where will investment come from and what relationships or dependencies will this create?
  • - What are the diversity and inclusion implications of economic shifts, in terms of gender, age, language, race, and religion?
  • - What impact on employment do the green economy, blue economy, circular economy, bioeconomy, smart growth, degrowth, and climate adaptation have?

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Past Conference

  • Messina, Italy, 2018
  • Track 7a+b+c Global in/equality and poverty, Employment and good work & Smart, inclusive and green growth - degrowth and planetary boundaries which took place this morning.

This small session combined contributions from three tracks featuring four presentations that brought together perspectives from four continents. Contributions featured more comprehensive frameworks of socio-ecological transformations at a world regional scale (Latin America) and of approaches to ecological compensation at the national scale (China) as well as case specific insights related to the energy sector. These included city-level analysis of the relationship between economic growth and energy consumption as well as a focus of the role of investors on a green transformation of the electricity utility sector.  Together, the contributions highlighted challenges and ways forward to a greening of the economy. Despite the diversity of the contributions, a number of synergies and connections emerged, for example, around the role of GDP as indicator for growth which provide great starting points for further development of the track.


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- Look at the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network on Humanitarian-Development Linkages

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