G20 Employment Working Groups Meeting in Geneva


B20 participated in the G20 Education & Employment Working Groups Meeting in Geneva on June 13th.

Gerhard Braun (B20 Employment & Education Co-Chair and Confederation of German Employers´Associations Vice-President) and Matthias Thorns (B20 Employment & Education group member and International Organisation of Employers, Director of Stakeholder Engagement) participated in the G20 Education & Employment Working Groups Meeting in Geneva on June 13th.

The Education and Employment Working Groups gathered to address the future of work, one of the Argentine G20´s main priorities. The meeting took place after two days of separate discussions in each working group, participants included officials from member and guest countries, and representatives from international organizations.

“In order to achieve a greater integration of women and men, the G20 need to generate an open, inclusive and flexible labour market. The B20 recommends developing targeted initiatives at national a local level to remove the cultural, economic and social barriers hindering women´s active participation in the labour market.” said Gerhard Braun

The event included sessions on inclusion, skills for life as well as presentations by the B20, L20, W20 and Y20 engagement groups, the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and UNESCO. Their goal is to develop coordinated policies that will help to avoid inequality and gaps in the adoption of technologies that affect G20 countries.

“The B20 recommends to formalize the role of “learning to learn” in childhood education systems as a fundamental competence. School systems should be designed to develop lifelong learners, as opposed to carriers of knowledge that will quickly be out-of-date.” stated Gerhard Braun