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Meetings - 2014 - Australia

1st Meeting of the Task Force on Employment - Sydney, Australia, (February 5-6, 2014)

The first meeting of the TFE under the Australian G20 Presidency was held on February 5-6 in Sydney. Delegates focused on the working themes of local job creation and boosting jobs and participation. Delegates also discussed the current labour market outlook, including the challenges and opportunities faced by the G20. A template for country employment plans was agreed on.

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2nd Meeting of the Task Force on Employment - Paris, France, (April 10-11, 2014)

In the second TFE meeting, delegates discussed ways to prevent unemployment from becoming structural, including discussions on long-term unemployment; youth unemployment; connections between employment, social protection and economic growth; and skills mismatch. Delegates also discussed progress to date on the country employment plans and attended two youth-focused events prior to the meeting: the European Union’s ‘Youth Guarantee—Making it Happen’conference in Brussels on 8 April; and the OECD’s Conference on Quality Apprenticeships in Paris on 9 April.

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Joint Taskforce on Employment and Framework Working Group Meeting - Goa, India (June 5, 2014)

A joint meeting took place between the Taskforce on Employment and the Framework Working Group in order to progress employment contributions to the G20 Growth Strategies.


3rd Meeting of the Task Force on Employment - Brisbane, Australia (July 22-24, 2014)

In the third TFE meeting, the delegates reflected on the theme of better quality jobs, including underemployment, informality and safer workplaces. Delegates discussed the impact of these issues on productivity in their economies, and spoke about policy settings and actions to improve the number and quality of jobs across the G20.

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The G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting - Melbourne, Australia (September 10–11 2014)

The agenda of the Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting under Australian Presidency was focused on the issues of preventing structural unemployment, creating better jobs and boosting participation. A central outcome of the meeting is the quantitative commitment to increase female labour participation in the G20 economies by reducing the Gender Participation Gap in the G20 countries by 25 per cent by 2025. The ministers recommended to transform the Task Force on Employment into a standing Employment Working Group with an initial focus on promoting coherence among the G20 policy tracks and developing actions to address issues such as supporting growth, youth unemployment, female participation and inequality.

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