Labour and Employment Ministers from the G8 countries and the European Union Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities met in Rome from March 29 to 31, 2009, together with the Director-General of the ILO, the Secretary-General of the OECD and the First Deputy Managing Director of IMF to discuss the theme People First. Tackling together the human dimension of the crisis.
Keys strategies that can help address the crisis include:
- Promoting job creation and effective employment and labour market policies in order to restore confidence;
- Supporting the income of people and their families through effective and responsible social protection systems (social security and labour protection), with the aim of sustaining rapid recovery, through reinvigorated consumption and investment;
- Fostering human capital developments through appropriate education and training policies to enable people to remain employed, to prevent social exclusion and to support aggregate economic growth and individuals career prospects;
- Aactively addressing social as well as financial and economic issues to achieve sustainable growth and development.