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Harnessing Automation for Inclusive Growth: Addressing Job Displacement and Ensuring Economic Resilience

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This summary discussion document underscores the need for global cooperation in addressing the challenges posed by automation and job displacement. It presents an overview of the origins, issues, and key policy recommendations to mitigate the negative impacts of automation and harness its potential for inclusive growth.

Key Challenges:

  1. Job Displacement: Automation threatens to disrupt the labor market, potentially leading to job losses and socioeconomic disparities.
  2. Skills Mismatch: The rapid pace of technological change requires workers to continually update their skills, creating a need for effective reskilling and upskilling programs.
  3. Inequality: Automation’s benefits are not evenly distributed, with potential exacerbation of income inequality and social exclusion.

Policy Recommendations:

  1. Future of Work Policies: Develop national strategies that anticipate and manage the impact of automation on jobs and industries, focusing on job creation, reskilling, and social protection.
  2. Lifelong Learning: Promote lifelong learning opportunities to equip individuals with the skills necessary for the changing job market, emphasizing digital literacy, problem-solving, and adaptability.
  3. Social Protection: Strengthen social protection systems, including unemployment benefits, healthcare coverage, and income support, to safeguard workers during transitions.
  4. Public-Private Partnerships: Foster partnerships between governments, businesses, educational institutions, and civil society organizations to jointly address the challenges of automation, ensuring collaboration and shared responsibility.
  5. Global Knowledge Sharing: Facilitate international knowledge sharing and collaboration to exchange best practices, lessons learned, and innovative approaches in managing automation’s impact on jobs and workers.


Addressing automation and job displacement requires a comprehensive approach that includes policy reforms, investment in education and skills development, social protection measures, and global cooperation. By implementing the proposed recommendations, the United Nations can lead efforts to create a future of work that is inclusive, resilient, and harnesses the potential of automation for the benefit of all nations and their populations.

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