Workshop on Measuring Decent Work and Other Labour Topics in the Context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – Geneva, 9-10 July 2018
Decent work, quality of employment and other sub-sectors of labour market statistics are priority areas for the ENP-South countries individually and within the Euro-Mediterranean statistical cooperation. Along with the recommendations of the Forum of the Euro-Mediterranean Statisticians held in July 2017, the Euro-Mediterranean Working Group on Labour Market Statistics (EMWGLS) agreed for deploying concrete activities that point towards the monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals –SDG relevant for the labour market, the employment and the employability of people, namely the SDG-8 (‘Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all’) and SDG-4 (‘Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’).
Within this background, MEDSTAT IV organized a regional workshop, which was held at ILO, Geneva, on 9-10 July 2018, and was a follow up of a workshop held in Larnaca in December 2017. As previously, the event benefited from the contributions of experts from Eurostat, the ILO Department of Statistics, the European Training Foundation (ETF) and the Expertise France MEDSTAT IV Consortium.
The purpose of the workshop was to further discuss the conceptual frameworks and the methodology developed under the ILO Decent Work Measurement Framework (DWMF) and the SDG framework and to assist countries in computing good quality and harmonised Decent Work and SDG indicators. Moreover, the workshop aimed to identify sound methods for the estimation and the use of these indicators, among the countries participating in the Euro-Mediterranean statistical cooperation.
Slightly more than half of the indicators are available in the countries, though available not on regular basis and with several differences in terms of definitions and methodologies applied in compliance to the international standards, as well as with limited updating in national and international databases. In order to further support countries for appropriately measuring the progress towards the DWMF and SDGs, the recommendations were for the future work to address specific and critical methodological issues that regard the frequency of the indicators, the heterogeneity of data sources, the disparities of definitions and concepts, and to present and compare to the greatest extent possible the indicators that countries can report over the last decade. In addition to that, the future work within the EMWGLS foresees the extension of the sharing of practices and methodologies for computing the national indicators on skills under the international frameworks and particularly the SDGs.
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