G20 Employment


The Group of Twenty (G20) is the premier forum for international economic cooperation and decision-making. Employment is a central part of the G20 agenda in 2014, alongside discussions on strengthening the global economy. The Taskforce on Employment and the Labour and Employment Ministers are responsible for progressing employment issues.

The G20 membership comprises 19 countries plus the European Union. Members meet regularly to discuss ways to strengthen the global economy, reform international financial institutions, improve financial regulation, and discuss the key economic reforms that are needed in each of the member countries. Australia officially took over presidency of the G20 from Russia on 1 December 2013.

Underpinning these meetings is a year-long program of meetings between senior officials, and of working groups coordinating policy on specific issues. The G20 Taskforce on Employment is one of the groups contributing to the work of the G20. Participation in the taskforce is open to G20 members and invited guest country government representatives and experts.

Promoting economic growth and employment outcomes are two of the key priorities for Australia’s G20 year, and the taskforce plays an important role in informing this agenda. The work of the taskforce feeds into country employment plans and growth strategies and directly influences the G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial meeting in September. Ministers will use the meeting to finalise their Declaration, including recommendations for the G20 Leaders.

The G20 Taskforce on Employment is meeting four times in 2014 in the lead-up to the Labour and Employment Ministerial meeting.

Find out about the latest developments from the Taskforce on Employment. More information on the Labour and Employment Ministerial meeting is available.

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The following is a list of all the news items that are associated with G20 Employment.

G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial Declaration released

News | 12 September 2014

Labour and employment ministers from across the G20 have released a Ministerial Declaration outlining their recommended actions for G20 leaders.

G20 Taskforce on Employment lays the foundations for labour and employment ministers

News | 9 September 2014

The G20 Taskforce on Employment came together for the fourth and final time on Tuesday 9 September, ahead of the G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting.

Third G20 Taskforce on Employment meeting wraps up

News | 30 July 2014

The G20 Taskforce on Employment met for the third time this year in Brisbane, Australia from 22–24 July 2014 to discuss country employment plans, lifting female participation, safer workplaces, underemployment and informal employment.

Media registration for the G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting is now open

News | 18 July 2014

G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting Media registration is now open.

G20 taskforce tackles global employment issues

News | 15 April 2014

Youth unemployment, long-term unemployment and developing people’s skills to meet the needs of the labour market were some of the topics high on the agenda for the G20 Taskforce on Employment as they met for the second time this year in Paris.

Youth unemployment high on the agenda for G20 events in Europe

News | 7 April 2014

Delegates from the G20 Taskforce on Employment will spend two days focusing on youth unemployment issues as they gather in Europe ahead of their second meeting for 2014.

G20 Taskforce on Employment visits local employment projects

News | 19 February 2014

On the final day of the recently held G20 Taskforce on Employment meeting, officials left the meeting rooms to visit the front line of creating jobs.

Agenda set for G20 Taskforce on Employment

News | 7 February 2014

Senior employment officials from each of the G20 member countries came together in Sydney on 5 and 6 February for the first meeting of the G20 Taskforce on Employment in 2014.