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Media Advisory - Jobs and Development - The World Bank's 2013 World Development Report

OTTAWA, Nov. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - Experts on global labour markets will convene at Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Monday, November 19, to discuss highlights from the 2013 World Development Report (WDR), the World Bank's flagship publication.  This year's WDR moves jobs to centre stage and focuses on job creation as a cornerstone of development. The WDR estimates that 600 million jobs will be needed worldwide over the next 15 years just to keep employment rates constant.

When: Monday, November 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where: IDRC, 150 Kent Street (Corner of Albert), 8th floor

Sue Szabo, Director of Social and Economic Policy at IDRC, will be joined by Samuel Freije-Rodriguez, Senior Economist, World Bank; Vaughn Lantz, Director, International Financial Institutions, Multilateral and Global Programs Branch, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA); Gordon Betcherman, Professor, School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa; Gabriel Martinez, Secretary General, Inter-American Conference on Social Security (CISS); and Marcel Mérette, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa.  The event is sponsored by Canada's IDRC, CIDA, and the School of International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa.

Key to the preparation of the WDR was a set of country case studies that demonstrate the diversity of employment challenges around the world. One such case study, led by CISS and supported by IDRC, examines the informal sector in Mexico, the economy's low productivity, and the need to enhance social cohesion.

During the session, the report's authors will present their findings, followed by a presentation of the Mexico case study. An open discussion will follow.

The event is open to the media and the lecture will be webcast live at http://idrc.canwebcast.net/live.  Journalists can also join in the conversation through Twitter and Facebook.

For more information visit www.idrc.ca.

About IDRC
A key part of Canada's aid program, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) supports research in developing countries to promote growth and development. IDRC also encourages sharing this knowledge with policymakers, other researchers, and communities around the world. The result is innovative, lasting local solutions that aim to bring change to those who need it most.


SOURCE International Development Research Centre

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