The End to Poverty Initiative is designed specifically as the vehicle to take forward ILO’s work in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2030 Agenda is universal and covers all aspects of sustainable development. It recognizes eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, as the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by world leaders at the UN Summit in September 2015, is the new global framework for integrated and balanced action across the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainability. This initiative has firmly embedded allthe Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This substantially strengthens our Organization’s ability, in partnership with the United Nations to pursue social justice through continues work and efforts. The ILO is leading or participating in a range of global multi-stakeholder partnerships to this effect.The ILO comes to the task of upgrading multilateral system coherence and delivery capacities with two distinct advantages.
First, the 2030 Agenda reflects the understanding of the international community that decent work is both a means and an end in sustainable development; an understanding for which the ILO has worked for two decades. Second, and in parallel with this, the ILO has been a consistent and long-standing advocate for greater functional and substantive policy coherence in the international system. International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General Guy Ryder once revealed about this initiative, “The End of Poverty initiative, which is the ILO’s vehicle in playing our role to deliver the United Nations 2030 agenda on sustainable development and the overarching aim, is to end extreme poverty. The road is clear, what we now have to do is to equip ourselves to travel along that road.
One of the things which I think is very positive about the 2030 UN agenda is that it recognizes and it does it very explicitly that work, employment, decent work, is a key to achieving sustainable development and key to ending poverty. We have to focus on jobs and employment”.
Published in Melange Intl. Magazine September 2018.