Delegation of the European Union
to the United Nations - New York

Remarks by European Commissioner Urpilainen at the UN High Level Event on Jobs and Social Protection to Eradicate Poverty

New York, 28/09/2021 - 18:51, UNIQUE ID: 210928_18
Statements on behalf of the EU

28 September 2021, New York – Video message by Jutta Urpilainen, European Commissioner for International Partnerships at the 76th United Nations High Level Event on Jobs and Social Protection to Eradicate Poverty

Mr. Secretary General,

Distinguished Colleagues,

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a magnifying glass on the inequalities in the world today.

Around the globe, socio-economic injustice has been exposed for all to see. Now that we have seen it, what should we do?

The EU believes that tackling poverty and inequality require action on several fronts.

On the development front, we must cultivate national and international partnerships that lead to more jobs meeting the challenge of climate change.

For example, in Africa — where demographic growth exceeds job availability — the EU has a comprehensive strategy to promote sustainable growth.

A key component of this strategy is to collaborate with the private sector, which creates 9 out of 10 jobs.

The EU is also working to provide labour forces with the skills necessary to succeed in emerging sectors. We have committed at least 20% of our development funding to human development and 10% to education.

We push for greater impact by pooling our financial resources and knowledge as Team Europe.

We are working with African education providers to target women, youth, and other underrepresented groups.

We are investing heavily in teacher development, to improve education quality. And we are taking steps to improve digital infrastructure worldwide. 

On the social front, the EU remains committed to promoting socially responsible investing. We need environmental and human rights legislation to reduce the most serious violations in global supply chains.

We are also using trade policy to improve international labour standards.

We tackle the informal economy. Through the EU-ACP Development Minerals Programme we have helped African miners develop more than 200 formal cooperatives, giving them access to credit.

To ensure resilient, fair and sustainable recovery, the social dialogue with worker and employer organisations must be at the heart of our policies.

Today, the world has a chance to reinvent itself.

Let’s seize that opportunity.

Let’s redouble our efforts toward SDG’s.

Together, we can create a fairer and more sustainable world.

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