Colombo symposium discusses UN-adopted Sustainable Development Goals

Colombo symposium discusses UN-adopted Sustainable Development Goals

Colombo symposium discusses UN-adopted Sustainable Development Goals

Written by Tharushan Fernando

11 Dec, 2015 | 7:13 pm

Speaking at a symposium in Colombo to discuss the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN,particularly in the context of labour, Minister W.D.J.  Seneviratne outlined some of the challenges Sri Lanka faces.

The Minister of Labour and Trade Union Relations stated:

We have to accept the first fact that there are a number of issues that we have to strategically address.

He added:

Persistence of youth unemployment, lack of social protection for all, informal employment, productivity improvement and enterprise development are some of the issues which require strategic approaches and policy coherence

Country Specialist for ILO Decent Work Team for South Asia,Eva Majurin noted that the UN conducted a survey among normal citizens, to ask them what their key priorities for development are.

She stated:

Over seven million people responded to this survey, and what we see as the outcome, better job opportunities came third. It got almost four million votes and if we look more closely, is a second item very closely related to jobs, that is support for people who cannot work, that item got over two million votes.

She further stated:

So if we were to take those two elements together, better jobs and support for those who cannot work, we would actually be at number one priorities in terms of what people want, around the world out of this agenda.

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