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1.3 Building skills for resilient societies


The economic crisis precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic has reversed much progress on human capital attained over years, making it even harder to realize the goal of reducing extreme poverty to less than 3 percent by 2030. With a particular focus on China and the Asia-Pacific region, this session will look at the effects of the COVID-19 on jobs and the future of work and how inclusive skills development policies can contribute to strengthening the resilience of households, countries, and societies in future emergencies.

Moderator: Shayne MacLachlan, OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities


Wang Xiaojun

Deputy Director General of Vocational Capacity Building Department, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, PRC

Christine Hofmann

Team Lead Skills for Social Inclusion, International Labour Organization

Katerina Ananiadou

Programme Specialist, UNESCO

Jiang Yingcheng

WorldSkills champion and teacher, Hangzhou Technican College, PRC