GENEVA, 11th June, 2016 (WAM) – The 105th International Labour Conference (ILC) closed on Friday following two weeks of deliberations on key world of work issues, including decent work in global supply chains, employment for the transition to peace, maritime labour issues and basic labour rights.
“We worked out what needs to be done to ensure that the ever increasing organization of production in global supply chains contributes to the promotion of decent work. We began the job of delineating the way that decent work can and must contribute to peace and stability in the wake of conflict, crisis or disaster,” said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in his closing remarks to the ILC.
He added that the Conference set a compass to guide member States to meet their obligations to apply ratified conventions, refined the world’s maritime labour code, and pointed the way for the ILO to organize its own work.
“And if all of that were not enough, we set the course for making poverty history by 2030,” he concluded, referring to his report to the ILC entitled “The End to Poverty Initiative: the ILO and the 2030 Agenda “.
The Organization received important messages from its host country Switzerland and the European Commission. Two guests of honour, Johann Schneider-Ammann , President of the Swiss Confederation, and Jean-Claude Juncker , President of the European Commission, highlighted the centrality of social dialogue between governments, employers and workers in shaping the future of work.
The Conference also held a World of Work Summit. Young people and high-level representatives of governments, employers and unions discussed how to shape the future of work for youth. In the run-up to the World Day Against Child Labour (on June 12), another high-level panel discussed child labour in supply chains.
Finally, delegates discussed a report of the Director-General drawing the world’s attention to the situation of workers in the occupied Arab territories .
A record 5,982 delegates from 187 ILO member States attended the 105th ILC. The Conference was presided over by Mildred Oliphant, Minister of Labour from South Africa.
Delegates to the conference held a first discussion concerning the revision of the Employment (Transition from War to Peace) Recommendation, 1944 (No. 71) to take account of the contemporary context and the need to respond to conflict and disaster situations. The revision widens the focus of the Recommendation on reconstruction and recovery to include prevention, preparedness and recovery.
The revision builds on a growing international consensus on the vital role of employment and job creation and the ILO’s decent work agenda in responding to crises and for building peace and resilience. It therefore acknowledges the need for increased capacities to deal with situations that are at the crossroads of humanitarian, peacebuilding, disaster response and development issues.
The Committee for the Social Justice Declaration adopted a resolution which calls for concrete action to achieve the full potential of the ILO Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization, 2008 through its actions in the framework of the UN’s 2030 Agenda and integrating decent work into national sustainable development strategies.
The resolution also calls for the promotion of decent work through partnerships and policy coherence at country level with international and regional economic and financial institutions. It further underscores the need to strengthen the ILO’s capacity and that of its constituents to contribute to the achievement and related goals of the 2030 Agenda.