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Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, along with OECD and ILO, launches Global Deal in New York


On Wednesday 21 September 2016, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven is launching the Global Deal, a global initiative for social dialogue and better conditions in the labour market.

  • Stefan Löfven i FN.

    Prime Minister Stefan Löfven in UN.

    Photo: UN

  • Princess Victoria and Minister for Justice and Migration Morgan Johansson.

    The Crown Princess Victoria and Minister for Justice and Migration Morgan Johansson.

    Photo: UN

  • Stefan Löfven presenting Global Deal i UN.

    Prime Minister Stefan Löfven presenting Global Deal with partners in UN.

    Photo: UN

The Global Deal was initiated by Mr Löfven and designed in collaboration with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO). Participating in the launch are OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, International Trade Union Confederation General-Secretary Sharan Burrow and African business leader Bob Collymore.

Improve the dialogue

The aim of the Global Deal is to improve the dialogue between the social partners and countries' governments so as to improve employment conditions and productivity. Effective labour relations and decent work contribute to greater equality and inclusive economic development, benefiting workers, companies and societies (win-win-win).

The Global Deal concept does not aim to develop a new framework or agreement to be implemented in a uniform manner in all countries, or to create a new international organisation. Instead, the Global Deal aims to develop a platform for highlighting the issue of cooperation between parties and strengthen existing cooperation structures. The Global Deal will build on already established initiatives and projects, but will contribute by providing political direction and impetus to overall development, and by systematising and scaling up existing processes.

Contribution to the 2030 Agenda

The global sustainability agenda, the 2030 Agenda, contains a specific goal on decent working conditions and inclusive growth. The Global Deal is a contribution to this.

"The Global Deal is about ensuring that more people around the world have secure and good jobs, and about a more equal distribution of our economic resources. Globalisation presents opportunities, but requires a more equal distribution. More people need jobs with decent conditions and a salary they can live on. This is a prerequisite for globalisation to be a positive force," says Mr Löfven.

A declaration of support forms the basis of the Global Deal, with which countries, companies, trade unions and other organisations are invited to become associated. A number of partners are already associated. In connection with the launch, a new website will be opened with more information about the initiative.

The Global Deal