The Secretariat of COMECE together with Catholic-Inspired Organisations* and under the kind patronage of the two Members of the European Parliament, Ms Patrizia Toia (S&D) and Mr Davor Ivo Stier (EPP) are organising a
Decent Work – The path to dignity for all
Creating decent jobs for poverty eradication through the Post-2015 Agenda for Sustainable Development
17 March 2015, 14h00 at the European Parliament, room JAN 6Q1
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The eradication of poverty and fighting inequality, together with sustainable development, are among the most debated issues in international politics, within civil society as well as within the Churches. The European Union is among the major players in these discussions.
The negotiations towards a Post-2015 Agenda for Sustainable Development of the United Nations, which will replace the Millenniums Development Goals after September 2015 are in full swing. The final report of the intergovernmental Open Working Group (OWG), which is considered the basis for negotiations, proposes as goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
At the present time the majority of the global work force survives working informally, without social protection, earning hardly enough to maintain a living or by working embedded in global product chains, which mostly serve only one part of the globe. Among the most vulnerable workers are migrant workers and youth without opportunities. The conference event wishes to highlight opportunities for decent work as a way out of poverty, social dialogue as a road to social peace, both connected to achieving sustainable, peaceful and prosperous societies.
* The Catholic-Inspired Organisations involved in this project are Caritas Internationalis (International Confederation of Catholic Charities), International Union of Christian Business Executives (UNIAPAC), International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC), International Coordination of Young Christian Workers (CIJOC-ICYCW), International Young Christian Workers (IYCW-JOCI), Kolping International/ German Commission for Justice and Peace, Pax Romana and its affiliated members (SIIAEC, ICMICA), Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, and World Movement of Christian Workers (MMTC-WMCW-WBCA).