Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday has accepted her selection as one of 25 commissioners of the UN High Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth, a position which has been announced in the United Nations by the Secretary General in New York.


“Secretary Baldoz has accepted the invitation as a commissioner of the Commission. She is now en route to France for the first meeting of the Commission tomorrow,” announced Undersecretary Nicon F. Fameronag of Secretary Baldoz’s latest achievement in a press conference at the DOLE in Intramuros.


“She brings to the multi-sectoral Commission a wealth of experience and prestige as a labor diplomat, and thus brings to the country a distinct honor even if she was selected as an individual expert, rather than country representative,” Fameronag added.


In accepting the post, Baldoz said she welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the work of the Commission in proposing strategic action and securing political commitments in achieving the goals of decent work, universal health coverage, and inclusive growth, in the context of the 2030 Social Development Agenda and related international initiatives.


On 2 March 2016, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon announced by virtue of UN General Assembly Resolution A/70/L.32 the appointment of a Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth co-chaired by H.E. François Hollande, President of France, and H.E. Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa.


Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization will serve as the Commission’s co-vice chairperson along with Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization.


“The global economy is projected to create around 40 million new health sector jobs by 2030, mostly in middle- and high- income countries, but despite this projection, there will be an estimated shortage of 18 million health workers to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in low- and lower-middle income countries. The rising demand and the projected shortfall for health workers over the next fifteen years present significant challenges as well as opportunities in areas where decent jobs are most needed. As commissioner, I hope to be in the forefront in addressing the challenges and channeling the opportunities to advance inclusive growth,” said Baldoz.


The Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, is an ambitious agenda seeking to improve the lives of all, including through improved health and prosperity.


Baldoz said Commission faces the task of proposing actions to guide the creation of health and social sector jobs, paying specific consideration to the needs of low- and middle-income countries.


“The Commission will present multi-sectoral responses to ensure that investments in health employment generate benefits across the SDGs,” she said, adding:


“I look forward to the presentation of the recommendations of the Commission to the UN Secretary General at the conclusion of its work in September this year.”



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