Asia’s vast labor force, already estimated at some 1.8 billion workers, is expected to grow by more than 200 million by the year 2015, posing a series of environmental, economic and social challenges to the region’s rapidly growing economies, according to a new report by the UN International Labor Organization (ILO). “One thing is clear: doing business as usual is not sustainable over the long term,” ILO Director-General Juan Somavia said of the report, Visions for Asia?s Decent Work Decade: Sustainable Growth and Jobs to 2015, which was discussed at the three-day ILO Asian Employment Forum opening in Beijing on Aug. 13. “Asia is experiencing unprecedented growth and development. At the same time, vulnerabilities arising from environmental pressures, economic insecurity, shortcomings in governance and unequal income distribution pose a threat to the region’s future development,” Somavia said. The report notes that expanding output would not be enough to create the jobs needed to reduce poverty and the massive informal economy, and that there remained ?a great deal of serious work to be done? to improve the quality of the jobs that are created and to ensure that the benefits of Asia?s future economic growth are more equitably distributed.
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