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28 to 30 June 2022 | By invitation only

Background

The COVID-19 pandemic has accentuated Asia-Pacific’s challenges in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly in areas related to social development. Major reasons for these challenges are the predominance of informal jobs, the limited access to affordable healthcare and the low coverage of social protection. Ongoing and emerging global megatrends, including climate change, rising inequalities, population ageing and digitalization, among others, are placing additional and disproportional burden on people in vulnerable situations. While most megatrends offer opportunities for socioeconomic advancement, the absence of requisite policies may instead challenge development gains and leave many behind.

Against this background, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is dedicating its upcoming flagship publication, Social Outlook 2022, to the need for building a healthy, protected and productive workforce. The Report is structured around three aspects of building a resilient workforce: (i) universal social protection; (ii) universal healthcare; and (iii) decent employment. The Report is based on a variety of empirical methods that analyze publicly available and internationally comparable data along with specialized analysis for selected countries with household income and expenditure surveys and labour force surveys.

The Report makes the case for renewing the social contract with effective policies for social protection, healthcare and active labour market policies. It highlights that such a workforce can drive inclusive and sustainable social development in Asia and the Pacific without leaving anyone behind.

Objective

The primary objective of this Expert Group Meeting (EGM) is to review the draft Social Outlook 2022 with a view to strengthen analytical components, highlight findings and messages, and sharpen policy recommendations. To collect relevant feedback, prominent experts in the fields of social protection, health, labour and beyond, have been invited to participate and share their valuable views.

The EGM will also contribute to widening the knowledge base on the topics analyzed, with specific emphasis for Asia and the Pacific, and identifying good practices and lessons learned in analyzing the three core aspects of building a resilient workforce in Asia-Pacific.

Organization and Participation

The EGM will draw participation from experts in academia, think-thanks, research institution, the United Nations system entities and governments. It will be organized virtually from 28 to 30 June 2022, through Zoom, with various sessions dedicated to specific topics. The meeting will be conducted in English. The programme for each session is provided in the next tab. 

28 Jun 2022
14:00
14:05
Opening remarks
  • Srinivas Tata, Director, Social Development Division (SDD), ESCAP 
14:05
14:10
Self- introduction of experts
14:10
15:40
Session 1: A healthy, protected and productive workforce

Session 1: A healthy, protected and productive workforce

This Session reviews parts of Chapter 1 -- on social development trends and their relation to trust and solidarity in the Asia-Pacific – with the aim to have clear feedback and suggestions for the ESCAP drafting team.

  • Presentation of Chapter 1

Presented by Areum Han, SETS, SDD, ESCAP

  • Featured Remarks by Dr. Steven A. Rood, Fellow-in-Residence, Social Weather Stations, the Philippines
  • Plenary Discussion

Moderator: Sayuri Okada, Social Affairs Officer, SDD, ESCAP   

15:40
15:45
Virtual Break
15:45
17:20
Session 2: The need for more and better jobs

This Session reviews parts of Chapter 2 -- on productivity and decent employment in the Asia-Pacific -- with the aim to have clear feedback and suggestions for the ESCAP drafting team

  • Presentation of Chapter 2

Presented by Selsah Pasali, SETS, SDD, ESCAP

  • Questions and Answers
  • Featured remarks by Mr. Shoya Yoshida, Secretary-General, International Trade Union Confederation – Asia-Pacific
  • Featured remarks by Mr. Christian Viegelahn, Economist, Research Department, ILO
  • Plenary Discussion

Moderator: Patrik Andersson, Chief, SETS, SDD, ESCAP

17:20
17:30
Closing Remarks by ESCAP
  • Patrik Andersson, Chief, Sustainable Socioeconomic Transformation Section (SETS), SDD, ESCAP
29 Jun 2022
14:00
14:05
Opening remarks
  • Patrik Andersson, Chief, SETS, SDD, ESCAP 
14:05
14:10
Self- introduction of experts
14:10
15:40
Session 3: The need for Universal Health Care

This Session reviews Chapter 3 -- on the need for UHC in building a healthy and productive workforce in the Asia-Pacific -- with the aim to have clear feedback and suggestions for the ESCAP drafting team

  • ESCAP Presentation of Chapter 3

Presented by Weixun Hu, SETS, SDD, ESCAP

  • Questions & Answers
  • Featured Remarks by Dr. Ajay Mahal, Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne
  • Featured Remarks by Marielle Phe Goursat, Chief Technical Advisor, Social Health Protection Programme, ILO
  • Featured Remarks by Yuka Ujita, Occupational Safety and Health Specialist, ILO Asia-Pacific
  • Plenary Discussion

Moderator: Selsah Pasali, SETS, SDD, ESCAP

15:40
15:45
Virtual break
15:45
17:15
Session 4: The need for social protection

This Session reviews Chapter 4 – on the need for extending social protection to all in building a protected and resilient workforce in Asia-Pacific – with the aim to have clear feedback and suggestions for the ESCAP drafting team

  • ESCAP Presentation of Chapter 4

Presented by Sayuri Okada, SETS, SDD, ESCAP

  • Questions & Answers
  • Featured Remarks by Chad Anderson, Development Pathways
  • Featured Remarks by Betina Raminez Lopez, Social Protection Specialist
  • Featured Remarks by Charles Knox-Vydmanov, Social Protection Specialist
  • Plenary Discussion

Moderator:  Patrik Andersson, Chief, SETS, SDD, ESCAP

17:15
17:30
Closing Remarks by ESCAP
  • Patrik Andersson, Chief, SETS, SDD, ESCAP
30 Jun 2022
14:00
14:05
Opening remarks
  • Patrik Andersson, Chief, SETS, SDD, ESCAP
14:05
15:05
Session 5: Toward a healthy, protected and productive workforce

This Session reviews Chapter 5 – on renewing the social contract and the Report’s tentative policy recommendations – with the aim to have clear recommendations for governments

  • ESCAP Presentation of Chapter 5 – The Social Contract

Presented by Areum Han, ESCAP

  • Featured remarks by Dr. Steven Rood, Fellow-in-Residence, Social Weather Stations, the Philippines
  • Featured Remarks on Professor David Everatt, Wits School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
  • Plenary Discussion

Moderator:  Selsah Pasali, SETS, SDD, ESCAP

15:05
15:10
Virtual Break
15:10
16:50
  • Policy Recommendations of Social Outlook

Presented by Selsah Pasali, SETS, SDD, ESCAP

  • Featured remarks by Peer Reviewers
  • ESCAP Scoping Review on Active Labor Market Policies

Presented by Nina Torm, Assistant Professor, Roskilde University

  • Plenary Discussion

Moderator: Dr. Miguel Niño Zarazúa, Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow, UNU-WIDER

16:50
17:00
Closing Remarks

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