G20 education and employment ministers to jointly address the future of work

The joint meeting – the first of its kind in the history of the G20 – will take place in the city of Mendoza on Thursday 6 September. The agenda includes discussions on the development of skills for life.

G20 education and employment ministers will convene next week in the city of Mendoza, in the west of Argentina, to address the opportunities and challenges posed by the future of work, one of the priorities of the Argentine G20 presidency.

The joint meeting, which will be held on Thursday 6 September at the InterContinental Mendoza Hotel, is the main meeting in an eventful agenda of activities in Mendoza next week, with other meetings taking place between ministers and at working group level, and meetings of the G20 engagement groups L20 (Labour 20) and B20 (Business 20).

As the first of its kind in the history of the G20, the joint meeting of education and employment ministers will acknowledge the important links that exist between the two areas. Ministers will work to identify the skills required to promote better integration into the future world of labour and future society, and help people develop skills for life. The challenge implies reflecting on cognitive, non-cognitive and digital skills, and promoting them by means of innovative, evidence-based and inclusive educational policies, with a special emphasis on vulnerable populations.

The agenda also includes discussions on policy coordination and mechanisms to foster dialogue among public, private and social actors.

The ministerial meetings will be attended by representatives from G20 guest and member countries, as well as by representatives from the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF); the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); the World Bank; the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC); the International Monetary Fund (IMF); the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); the International Labour Organization; and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

On Thursday 6 September at 1.30 pm (local time), once the meeting is over, the education and employment ministers will issue a declaration on the main conclusions of the meeting that will help make up the recommendations submitted at the Leaders’ Summit.