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Working our way towards Sustainable Development - Making Decent Work and Social Protection a Global Reality for All Family Members

Encompassing with the theme of the 2012 UN ECOSOC Annual Ministerial Review, "Promoting productive capacity, employment and decent work to eradicate poverty in the context of inclusive, sustainable and equitable economic growth at all levels for achieving the Millennium Development Goals", the theme for our World Family Summit +7 is: Families in Balance: Working our way towards Sustainable Development - Making Decent Work and Social Protection a Global Reality for All Family Members.

The global economic and financial crisis has had wide-ranging impacts on families all over the world, and has resulted in a significant increase in the number of families vulnerable to poverty. In particular, increasing food prices and high levels of unemployment have placed renewed pressure on the ability of governments and NGOs to meet the targets set out in MDG1.

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Call for Success Stories
The first day of the WFS +7 Program will be composed by two Success Stories Sessions.

If you wish to present a Success Story, please click here for the instructions and guidelines.
  The most effective and long-lasting way to lift families out of poverty is to create decent work opportunities, from which all families are able to benefit. To this end, the International Labor Organization (ILO) has developed the Decent Work Agenda, which is based on the understanding that work is a source of personal dignity, family stability, peace in the community, democracies that deliver for people, and economic growth that expands opportunities for productive jobs and enterprise development.  


In response to the global economic and financial crisis, governments have agreed to the Global Jobs Pact.  The Global Jobs Pact builds on the Decent Work Agenda and promotes a productive recovery centred on investments, employment and social protection, with the objective of providing an internationally agreed basis for policy-making designed to reduce the time lag between economic recovery and a recovery with decent work opportunities.

The World Family Organization supports the Decent Work Agenda and the Global Jobs Pact, including universal social protection measures, and advocates for the inclusion of these initiatives and MDG 1 in the international, national and local agendas as a top priority.

The World Family Organization believes that decent work opportunities should be sustainable, and should be made available to women and men, as well as young people entering the workforce.  While ensuring decent work opportunities exist for adults, it is equally important to eliminate harmful child labour and ensure children remain in school, to enable the next generation of families to enter into decent work.

The World Family Summit +7 is committed to introduce a Family perspective to the achievement of MDG 1, which includes the implementation of the Decent Work Agenda, the Global Jobs Pact and Universal Social Protection, to discuss these initiatives and present ideas and new commitments which will be registered in the World Family Summit +7 Abu Dhabi Declaration on MDG 1.
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