Living Wage and Sustainable Development Goal # 8

Raymond Saner; University of Basel & Lichia Yiu; CSEND, Geneva

Paper and Presentation given during the 6th Conference of “Regulating for Decent Work” (RDW) on Living Wages and the Sustainable Development Goals: Workers’ Well-being in the Context of Employment and Costs of Living
ILO, Geneva, July 2019

The 2030 Agenda focuses on employment and decent work for all. SDG 8 was listed as one of the thematic topics of the 2019 High Level Political Forum in July 2019 in New York. All member countries of the United Nations were invited to present their implementation of the SDGs in general and of SDG 8 in particular. This paper and this presentation proposed to shed light on SDG 8 and how this goal relates to Living Wage.

The ILO is the custodian in charge of developing indicators for the employment related targets. However, the indicators developed so far are not strong yet (Tier II quality) and the concept and policy of Living wage is not yet adequately developed to fit the HLPF event. This panel discussed the implications of including Living Wage into SDG 8 and how countries and the ILO can successfully manage such integration.

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