The COVID 19 pandemic sparked a global health crisis without parallel in living memory. With vaccination rates speeding up in many countries, the future is starting to look brighter, but more for some and less for others. The economic and jobs crisis it unleashed is far from over. To draw lessons from this crisis and identify paths to rebuild better labour markets, Ministers from over 40 countries will gather for the OECD Employment and Labour Ministerial Meeting on 15 December 2021, at the OECD Headquarters in Paris, France. The Ministerial Meeting will take place under the chairmanship of the United Kingdom, with Australia, Belgium, Estonia, Mexico and Spain as Vice-Chairs. Ministers will discuss issues that are high up on the policy agenda of all OECD countries, under the overarching theme “Moving beyond the COVID-19 crisis to a better labour market that works for all”. The Ministerial meeting will provide an opportunity to come together at a critical time to consolidate the economic and labour market recovery in light of ongoing changes in the world of work. It will provide an opportunity to discuss how governments can seize the opportunity to build back better after the global pandemic in a way that benefits all and delivers jobs, prosperity and well-being. The meeting will also serve to identify priority topics for future OECD work in the area of employment and labour market policies.
The morning session of the Ministerial will focus on how governments can “maximise resilience and learn from effective policies to cushion future economic slowdowns”. It will give Ministers the opportunity to discuss the unprecedented measures they have taken to cushion the impact of the crisis, and to share experiences about how to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of these measures, which is crucial to identify lessons for future shocks and economic slowdowns. Over lunch, Ministers will discuss how to use the opportunity of the recovery to face the challenges and seize the opportunities related to the necessity to transition to a low-carbon economy. The afternoon will be divided into five parallel breakout sessions:
(1) Seizing the opportunity to rebuild better - creating more high-quality and sustainable jobs;
(2) Transitioning to a new world of work -– equipping individuals for a post-crisis labour market;
(3) Fostering inclusiveness in an uncertain world – reversing increasing inequalities;
(4) Fostering inclusiveness in the recovery – supporting young people; and
(5) Getting the most out of the digital transformation.