Calling for a
United Nations Day of Career and Livelihood
Integrating Career Development with the Sustainable Development Goals
“Join us in our advocacy work to have the United Nations declare a Day of Career and Livelihood for current and future generations as part of the International Days and Weeks observed by the UN. Below you will find our letter requesting that you join us in our quest.” The next page, Blogs, highlights the UN International Days as they relate to career, livelihood, and the Sustainable Development Goals, which are also referred to as the Global Goals.
Declaration of Support for a United Nations International Day of Career and Livelihood
Inspired by the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a global committee of dedicated career development professionals is working to advocate for a United Nations (UN) International Day of Careers and Livelihood. We are seeking help from career development associations, leadership bodies, service delivery organizations, as well as individual career development practitioners from around the world to support this initiative.
The scale of pandemic-induced disruption to world economies and their labour markets is unprecedented. The COVID-19 crisis has derailed the careers of millions of citizens around the world. Drivers of change (advancing technologies, growing environmental concerns, aging populations, and evolving trade agreements) are reshaping how we think about work, what constitutes work, and the competencies we need to be productive contributors in the future.
High-quality, accessible career services support livelihood development and are a pre-requisite and imperative contribution to decent work (Sustainable Development Goal [SDG] 8, Decent Work and Economic Growth). Careers are unique to each person and are dynamic, unfolding across the lifespan. Careers and livelihoods include how individuals balance their paid and unpaid work, formal and informal learning, and personal life roles.
An International Day of Careers and Livelihood provides opportunities to:
inform individuals, organizations, and communities of existing career and livelihood tools, programs, and services;
collaborate nationally and internationally to present workforce and human development innovations;
build stronger relationships and alliances between allied professionals (educators, career practitioners, psychologists, social workers, and human resource professionals);
provide employers with tools and supports to promote recruitment, retention, and improved bottom lines within a context of decent working conditions;
celebrate career and livelihood exploration through a wide range of activities (career cafes, job fairs, human library events, contests, and other active engagements); and
create an engaged stakeholder forum for public policy advisors and decision-makers to work together to improve the lives of citizens around the world through systemic change.
“If not us, then Who? If not, then When?” - John E Lewis
This is the UN’s Decade of Action. In order to achieve the 17 SDGs by 2030, collaborations and partnerships (SDG 17, Partnerships for the Goals) need to take place at a massive, accelerated scale.
For this to happen, it requires the development of a partnering support system able to influence governmental and educational systems for a global united policy. With your support, we would achieve our united goal to help the world embody the utmost role of career and livelihood in fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals.
Support the UN International Day of Careers and Livelihood
By signing this declaration, you are confirming your support of the establishment of a UN International Day of Careers and Livelihood. We will be working with a sponsor(s) to develop a resolution for the UN General Assembly to create an International Career and Livelihood Day. Your declaration will contribute vitally to the submission.
The United Nations International Day of Career and Livelihood Team