The lack of good jobs is a major preoccupation of people in all regions. Ten years from the global financial crisis, unemployment rates in many advanced economies remain high, particularly for the youth, and insecure and poorly paid forms of employment are on the rise. In developing and emerging economies, vulnerable workers in the informal economy still account for a large share of total employment and, in spite of major progress in the past two decades. It is not surprising that employment promotion and its correlate - sustained and inclusive growth - are central to the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and feature prominently in the day-to-day policy agendas of governments, social partners, regional and international organizations and development partners. Tackling full employment and decent work, however, is a complex task, one that requires comprehensive and coherent sets of measures in different areas, tailored to the distinctive needs and circumstances of a country. Addressing both the demand and supply sides of the labour market is crucial. Measures to ensure the quality and productivity of jobs are needed. Fine tuning and regular monitoring of progress is important, as is coordination across different agencies and ministries (not just ministries of labour). Involving employers' organizations, trade unions and other stakeholders helps improve design and implementation.
The Academy is addressed to: ¿ Government officials (policy makers, planners or technical staff) of ministries in charge of labour and employment, planning, economy and finance, or other institutions or agencies involved in the formulation and implementation of national employment policies and related programmes. ¿ Representatives of workers' and employers' organizations, particularly officials from policy and research departments. ¿ Staff of international and regional development agencies, including portfolio and project managers. ¿ Relevant educational and training institutions. The participation of full tripartite country delegations is encouraged (government, workers and employers). A gender-balanced participation is sought.