The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. The OECD works with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change, measuring productivity and global flows of trade and investment, analysing and comparing data to predict future trends and sets international standards on a wide range of things, from agriculture and tax to the safety of chemicals. It supports the G20 in the area of jobs, labour market policies and inclusive growth by identifying relevant responses to the jobs crisis, strategies to promote a job-rich recovery and a more inclusive type of economic growth. The OECD has notably provided extensive support to the G20 Employment Working Group

As a practical step forward to tackle the jobs crisis, the G20 established the G20 Task Force on Employment (TFE), transformed into the Employment Working Group (EWG) in 2014. The G20 work on employment initially concentrated on assisting countries in sharing best practices to tackle youth unemployment, and has now extended its work to job creation (including local job creation), labour activation, the design of the G20 Employment Action Plans, as well as gender labour gap, skills and quality apprenticeship, and quality jobs and inequalities.

The OECD has made significant contributions to G20 work on employment and social policies, in co-operation with the ILO. Overall, the OECD supported the successive presidencies of the G20 to define their agenda on employment and labour market policies, namely:

  • Youth employment for instance, a policy note on Giving Youth a Better Start
  • Sustainable development, green growth and quality employment for the Labour and Employment Ministers meeting
  • Activation Strategies for Stronger and More Inclusive Labour Markets in G20 Countries
  • The “25X25” Gender Target and quality apprenticeship, job creation and labour activation, anticipated to bring 100million women into the workforce and boost global economic growth by2.1 per cent by 2018

Gender and the OECD

The OECD Gender Initiative examines existing barriers to gender equality in education, employment, and entrepreneurship. This website monitors the progress made by governments to promote gender equality in both OECD and non- OECD countries and provides good practices based on analytical tools and reliable data.

OECD and the SDGs

The OECD supports the success of the 2030 Agenda for the SDGs by bringing together its existing knowledge and experience including a strong track record in policy work with developed and developing countries and measures and systems for monitoring performance.

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