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Report on the World Social Situation 2007

The Employment Imperative

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The 2007 issue of the Report on the World Social Situation focuses on the key role of productive employment and decent work in reducing poverty and promoting social development. It surveys the global trends in employment and work, as well as the socio-economic context within which the world of work has evolved in the last two decades. It recommends that policies and strategies to promote full employment and decent work take into account demographic and social changes. The Report emphasizes that political reforms and legal provisions are necessary to prevent discrimination in the workplace and in society in order to promote productive employment. The Report points to the need to ensure universality of some form of social protection coverage in view of the fact that more and more workers are in employment situations that are casual, informal and out of standard collective contracts, by choice or by necessity.

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Social groups in the labour force

The advance of globalization has had important implications for work and employment outcomes in all countries. However, changes in international and national markets for labour have presented different sets of challenges for different groups in society. Some of these social groups are more visible than others and have managed to dominate the debate on work and labour. The lack of visibility of other groups requires vigorous and sustained action to ensure that their particular concerns and challenges are recognized and adequately addressed by policymakers.

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