StateofRights Google+ Hangout – “Inclusive Growth: The Role of Civil Society in Labor”

United States (North America)

On the occasion of the 2014 World Day for Decent Work, the U.S. Department of State presents “Inclusive Growth: The Role of Civil Society in Labor,” a discussion of how civil society and protection of the internationally recognized right to freedom of association can contribute to equitable and sustainable economic growth. The economic policy community is beginning to recognize that traditional models of economic development aren’t delivering as they should. Top-line GDP growth has not always resulted in broader economic opportunity and better jobs for workers. Widening income inequality, persistent poverty, and rising youth unemployment are challenges shared by developing and developed countries alike. To ensure growth is broad-based, new research is cutting through conventional wisdom by showing that protecting internationally recognized worker rights – including the right to freedom of association – is in fact fundamental to fostering sustainable economic growth and opportunity. The Department of State hosts the following speakers as they discuss how an active civil society that advocates for these rights can promote shared prosperity and greater social stability in the global community:
 Mary Beth Maxwell, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor – follow Labor on Twitter: @USDOL
 Sabina Dewan, President of the Just Jobs Network – follow on Twitter:@JustJobsProject
 Lawrence Mishel, President of the Economic Policy Institute – follow on Twitter: @EconomicPolicy
 Moderator: Steve Feldstein, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor – follow on Twitter: @State_DRL
Online participants are encouraged to submit questions and join the dialogue on Twitter using #StateOfRights in advance, and to join the Google+ Hangout on October 7, 2014 at 10:30 AM EDT at: http://goo.gl/JT3xVl.

Contact

U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor - DRL-PPD-DigitalEngagement@state.gov

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