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The implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on global economies, supply chains, and corporations are far reaching. G20 countries are grappling with historically high unemployment rates as stay-at-home-orders upended livelihoods. This, coupled with jobs increasingly at risk of automation due to advancing technology, will impact the availability and quality of employment for years and is contributing to rising income disparity and distrust in institutions. Reskilling will be key to reversing these trends, as displaced workers look to develop new skills to remain relevant and large youth populations entering the labor market seek the skills needed for the workforce of the future. But upskilling large segments of society is complex and requires collaboration amongst educators, policymakers and businesses. As nations emerge on the other side of this pandemic and jobs return, the G20 has a collective responsibility to ensure future job creation supports ‘good work’. In doing so, business will benefit from higher productivity, society will benefit from better use of resources, and citizens will be more fulfilled. Ultimately, this can fuel faster and stronger economic recovery while promoting social progress in parallel.
This Global Table will explore how the G20 and the business community can come together to address the skills challenge and safeguard ‘good work’ in collective response to COVID-19.Visit this Global Solution Hub
The global economy is being transformed by technological advances such as artificial intelligence, advanced manufacturing techniques and technology-enabled platforms, inducing structural shifts in our labour markets. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will lead to further structural transformations. The education system plays a key role during this transformation. It will support the transition best if the curriculum is coherent across levels and countries, if it forward-looking by conveying required competencies such as creativity and emotional intelligence, and if it is inclusive to all citizens to improve social cohesion. This Global Table will discuss how these goals can be achieved. It will also discuss how global policy responses to the the COVID-19 pandemic threaten the educational system and the effective delivery of education, and what can be done to prepare for the post-crisis period.Visit this Global Solution Hub
Under Japan’s presidency, the G20 endorsed Principles for responsible stewardship of Trustworthy AI. Under these principles, it is required that “stakeholders […] proactively engage in responsible stewardship of trustworthy AI in pursuit of beneficial outcomes for people and planet.” The principles are centered on human values, fairness, transparency, explainability, robustness, security, safety and accountability. Being (necessarily) broad in tone, these principles now require specific steps towards implementation through regulatory actions, especially because current practices by many AI systems do not fully reflect them. This panel will discuss how the G20 can shape and coordinate AI policies and makes recommendations to G20 leaders in how their national governments can act to adequately protect citizens, consumers, workers and markets.Visit this Global Solution Hub