This year’s International Labour Conference (ILC), an annual event by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) begins today at the UN Palais des Nations in Geneva, with the aim of fashioning out measures towards enhancing the world of work.
Being attended by more than 5,700 government, employer and worker delegates from ILO’s 187 member States, the 107th session of the ILC, often described world’s labour parliament, would discuss some of the most pressing issues facing the world of work.
Starting from today, May 28 to June 8, 2018, the ILC would discuss ways for fighting all forms of inequality at the work place.
Today’s opening session would be characterised by the election the Conference President and Vice-Presidents, to be followed by the opening address of ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, the spokespersons of the Employers’ and Workers’ groups, and the Chairperson of the Governing Body of the ILO.
This year’s report of the Head of the ILO addresses the obstacles to gender equality at work and in society. It also suggests how they can be tackled in a new push for equality.
Madam Dimitrina Dimitrova the Deputy-Director of the ILO’s Meetings Department said that the key topics to be discussed include a assessment of unfairness against women at work, how to fight violence and harassment at work, social dialogue and tripartism, ensuring decent working time in the future, jobs for peace and resilience, and shaping development cooperation in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Among the events, the World Day Against Child Labour would be marked at the conference on June 4 ahead of the global celebration on June 12.
Also the “World of Work Summit” and High-Level visit by the Presidents of Ireland and Central African Republic would be held on June 8, amidst a gathering of gathering high-level government, worker and employer panelists. It would be held on the theme, “Peace and Resilience”
The summit would focus on answering a number of thematic questions such as Why are employment generation and decent work so important for sustaining peace?; What do recent experiences on the ground tell us about the contribution of decent work to addressing the needs of the people affected, particularly women and young workers?; How can employment promotion interventions make the most contribution to conflict prevention, peace and resilience building?; and What strategic partnerships can contribute to the peace-building sustainable development agenda; and how do you see the role of the ILO?
By Fred Gedase-Mensah/adrdaily.com