WSIS Action Line C7: E-Employment

10 May 2022 - 10 May 2022

The World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2022 represents the world's largest annual gathering of the ‘ICT for development’ community. The WSIS Forum 2022 started from 15 March onwards in a virtual format with the final week being held physically with enhanced remote participation from 30 May to 3 June 2022 at the ITU Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, under the theme of ICTs for Well-Being, Inclusion and Resilience: WSIS Cooperation for Accelerating Progress on the SDGs. The WSIS Forum, co-organized by ITU, UNESCO, UNDP and UNCTAD.

Background: The pandemic disrupted the labour market with a sudden expansion of the digital economy, further transforming the composition of labour demand. The many challenges that were there before the Pandemic are strengthened due to said transformation. The challenge from an employment policy perspective is to make sure that social justice and equality is not lost in the process, as new forms of business and work emerge from intensified digitalization. 

This session will discuss opportunities and challenges of a growing digital economy and increasing digitalization of jobs. It will address the trade-offs and difficult policy choices arising from a digital transformation of employment around the world.  This session will also explore the characteristics of employers and workers in the global digital economy, providing examples from around the world.

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The expert panel will include ILO Officials as well as academics from Cambridge University.

Sukti Dasgupta: Branch Chief, Employment, Labour Markets and Youth Branch (EMPLAB)International Labour Organisation

Juan Chacaltana: Sr Employment SpecialistInternational Labour Organisation

Maria Prieto Berhouet: Employment and Future of Work SpecialistInternational Labour OrganisationModerator

Lorraine Charles: Cambridge University

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