Why a Global Accelerator?

In addition to claiming millions of lives, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented loss of jobs and livelihoods and exacerbated income insecurity around the world. The impact has been particularly adverse for people without access to social protection, including those working in the informal and care economies, women, children, youth and those without access to digital technologies. More recently, the conflict in Ukraine has exposed fragilities in the global food and energy systems, as well as in the global economic and financial systems, triggering a cost-of-living crisis around the world unseen in at least a generation. This has to be set against the backdrop of the accelerating climate crisis and its adverse impacts on economies and societies. Constrained by rising debt burdens and shrinking fiscal space, many countries now face an even more daunting policy landscape. Yet it is more important than ever to chart a human-centred green recovery out of the present crisis and to facilitate the inclusive structural transformations needed to achieve the SDGs by 2030. 

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In response to these complex global challenges, in September 2021, the UN Secretary-General launched the Global Accelerator on Jobs and Social Protection for Just Transitions with the aim of fast-tracking much-needed global actions to promote a job-rich recovery, as well as just ecological, technological and societal transitions to more sustainable and inclusive economies. 

How does the Global Accelerator operate?

The Global Accelerator operates through three complementary and mutually supportive pillars: Integrated and evidence-based national strategies and policies; Integrated financing combining domestic resources and international financial support; and, Enhanced multilateral cooperation.

These three interlinked pillars aim to increase the level and coordination of the multilateral system’s efforts to help countries create 400 million decent jobs, including in the green, digital and care economies, and to extend social protection coverage to the 4 billion people currently excluded. 

The Global Accelerator brings together Member States, UN agencies, international financial institutions, public development banks, social partners, civil society, and the private sector to help countries create 400 million decent jobs, including in the green, digital and care economies, and to extend social protection coverage to the 4 billion people currently excluded.

At the initial stage, the Global Accelerator will be implemented in a selected number of pathfinder countries that have considerable potential and are committed to  amplifying investments in jobs and social protection. Based on a solid human rights foundation, including a strong reference to international labour standards, and the systematic promotion of social dialogue and participation, the Global Accelerator proposes a coherent framework for action bringing together relevant policy solutions and the necessary investments through enhanced multilateral cooperation.

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How is the Global Accelerator managed?

The Global Accelerator hosts a Technical Support Facility (TSF) which will support the implementation of the initiative by bringing together national and international expertise from the UN system as well as development and financial partners. In addition, it will build on or complement the interagency work supported under the Joint SDG Fund to provide technical assistance to countries and facilitate their access to additional financial support, where appropriate. 

The TSF is made up of three components:

More about the Technical Support Facility 
 

Read the Implementation Strategy for the Global Accelerator on Jobs and Social Protection for Just Transitions.

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