Acknowledging the critical importance of productive employment and decent work in lifting people out of poverty, HLCP, in July 2005, selected employment as one of the priority issues on the inter-agency agenda. This decision was reinforced by the 2005 World Summit Outcome, which identified the goals of full and productive employment and decent work for all, including for women and young people, as a central objective of relevant national and international policies and national development strategies in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.


With its cross-cutting political, economic and social impacts, the increasing international movement of people touches upon the mandates of many of the United Nations system’s specialized agencies, programmes and funds. Organizations carry out a wide variety of activities that contribute to improving the outcomes of international migration and to assist Governments in addressing international migration issues.

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