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Although many economies around the world continue growing consistently, economic growth alone is not enough to ensure equity and social progress to eradicate poverty. Child labour and forced labour still persist today as global supply chains extend to distant regions. Hazardous workplaces continue to exist, workplace racial and gender discrimination remain a challenge.

The United Nations is working national governments towards the goal of full and productive employment opportunities and decent work for all women and men, workplace security, social protection, and better prospects for personal development.