The United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), in partnership with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), will organise a three-day conference on transforming economies in Bangkok, Thailand, on 11-13 September 2019.
The creation of productive jobs for both men and women is an essential precondition for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on decent work and gender equality. This WIDER Development Conference will provide a forum to discuss innovative, theoretical and empirical research, and the policy take-aways on the challenges for productive job creation in many different country contexts and across all developing regions.
The conference will address the future of work in the face of rapid labour-saving technological advances, vis-à-vis the changing nature of globalisation, and the implications of this for achieving SDG 8 on decent work and economic growth, as well as the prospects for structural transformation in low- and middle-income countries.
Key questions will address SDG 5 (gender equality) and SDG 10 (inequality) by looking at the persistent barriers to productive and well-paid jobs for women and disadvantaged groups, especially in manufacturing and services.
For more information, see the event announcement on the UNU-WIDER website.