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Emerging economies urged to do more for labor standards

Labor and employment ministers from the world's richest nations appealed Tuesday to developing countries and emerging economies to improve social standards.

Years of effort have failed to produce any meaningful social protection in these countries, the Group of Eight ministers said in a statement at the end of a three-day conference in Dresden. German Labor Minister Franz Muentefering said the G8 as a group was unable to agree on concrete demands because social protection falls under the jurisdiction of individual states. Muentefering said the only possibility was to undertake agreements „and then canvas support for them to be adhered to ... You have to appeal to reason.” The ministers from Germany, the United States, Japan, Canada, France, Italy, Britain and Russia also focussed on strategies for more and better jobs, and corporate social responsibility. Representatives from the EU Commission, the International Labor Organization and the World Bank took part in the conference, which also prepared for next month's G8 summit hosted by Germany in the Baltic Sea resort of Heiligendamm. (