Democracy That Delivers

Societies that Work: Jobs for Inclusion. A call to the G20

WLA-Club de Madrid 2013 Annual Conference | Coolum Beach, Australia | 7-8 December

Societies that Work: Jobs for Inclusion. A call to the G20


Around the world we are witnessing increased social turmoil related to dearth of jobs in the midst of a systemic economic crisis and frustrated socio-economic expectations. In some regions, lack of growth has led to mindboggling unemployment levels, whilst in others, the distribution of income resulting from growth, the quality of available jobs or the prevalence of informality in the labor market has become an unacceptable shackle for the attainment of healthy cohesive societies.





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 Background. Given the critical importance of a well-functioning labor market for sustained growth and the stability of democracy, Members have agreed to centre this year´s Club de Madrid Annual Conference on this topic – ‘Societies that Work: Jobs for Inclusive Growth. A Call to the G20’.

Club de Madrid believes this is an ideal moment to act on the future of jobs and society and what this entails for democracy. Governments, multilateral organizations and civil society are all struggling to address this major challenge of unemployment and social unrest and it is no news that policy makers must find coordinated answers.

This is particularly relevant to the post-2015 scenario and the G-20 agenda. During the Conference we will seek to share best practices and identify strategies that can serve to tackle the structural problems present, in different shapes and forms, in societies worldwide, by addressing the improvements needed in policies and institutions to ensure economic growth, “decent jobs” and greater prosperity for all.

This analysis and call to action will count on the experience and independent views of many Club de Madrid Members – all democratic, former political leaders from around the world – and the expertise of specialists in the field representatives from governments, multilaterals, business, academia and civil society.


Conference objective:

  • Identify measures to increase employment for sustainable growth including legislation and incentives as well as sectors with potential for job creation.
  • Contribute to the coordination of stakeholders around a set of priorities and actions.

Expected results:

  • Identify best practices and policy recommendations to promote employment.

  • Share and disseminate best practices and strategic recommendations amongst main actors. The conclusions will be officially presented to the Australian G-20 Presidency.

Expected deliverables:

  • A policy brief highlighting concrete recommendations identified during the conference.

  • Identify possible “Commitments to Action” that Club de Madrid and partners may work on throughout 2014 taking forward the proposals of the Conference.


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