At the invitation of Federal Minister Andrea Nahles, the labour and employment ministers of the leading advanced economies and emerging economies (G20) met in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler (Rhineland-Palatinate) from 18. to 19. May. The theme of the meeting was “Towards an Inclusive Future: Shaping the World of Work”. At the high-level meeting within the framework of Germany's 2017 G20 Presidency, the ministers agreed on joint positions regarding central employment policy issues including the future of work, the quality of female employment, sustainable global supply chains, and the labour market integration of migrants and refugees.
"International dialogue and cooperation in a spirit of trust across borders and continents is becoming more and more important, especially in the turbulent times we live in," said Federal Minister Andrea Nahles. "In the course of our G20 Presidency, we have agreed on concrete guidelines that aim at ensuring that in the future the people in our countries will be able to share in prosperity and progress fairly. We G20 labour ministers will work together to ensure that all people benefit from the digital transformation of the world of work and both women and men finally share the responsibilities for job and family fairly. We have identified good examples of how migrants and refugees can be integrated into our labour markets, and we want to promote decent work not only in our own countries, but also along global supply chains. Together we want to strive for an inclusive future.”
Yin Weimin, China's Minister of Human Resources and Social Security, made the following statement: “This meeting embodies both innovation and continuity, for it focuses on addressing new situations and new issues in the world of work, while highlighting the implementation of past commitments. Although G20 members vary in national conditions, and views and approaches on certain issues, important final consensus was reached, Ministerial Declaration was adopted thanks to the relentless efforts of all parties, particularly to Germany as the presidency, which played an active role and sought extensively the views of all parts. This fully demonstrates that as long as we adhere to the idea of openness, cooperation, and inclusiveness, we will be able to solve all difficult issues and major challenges ahead.”
Jorge Alberto Triaca, Argentina's Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Security, made the following statement: “We are convinced that the G20 countries need to continue to set the standard in practices that promote fair development. The digital transformation of the world of work forces us all to be proactive. It is our goal to advance the debate about the future of work. Therefore our president Mauricio Macri established education and work as the top priorities of the G20 agenda for Argentina’s upcoming presidency. We are also interested in discussing issues such as unemployment, underemployment, and the informal economy. And we believe that problems that are common in developing countries may arise in developed countries if we do not find intelligent solutions for integrating migrants and refugees into the workforce.”