The 106th International Labour Conference in Geneva
Enlarge image 05.06.2017: Ambassador Dr. Ulrich Seidenberger at the International Labour Conference in Geneva (© StV)
From June 5. to 15. the 106th International Labor Conference (ILC) takes place in Geneva. More than 5600 participates are expected to attend the conference. Delegations are coming from 187 countries and are composed of representatives from trade unions, employer organizations and governments. Highly relevant topics will be discussed in tripartite-structured permanent and technical committees. Germany’s delegation, including representatives from the government, the German Trade Union Confederation and the Confederation of German Employers' Associations will actively participate in all committees.
One of the committees will be dealing with Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work that the ILO adopted in 1998. The focus lies on the promotion and implementation of ILO core conventions which cover for example the abolition of child labor. Furthermore, the delegates will be dealing with the revision of Recommendation No. 71 that tackles challenges for employment and decent work during the transition from war to peace. In the Committee on the Application of Standards (CAS) the implementation and compliance to ILO conventions in 24 concrete country cases will be examined. Finally, ILO’s program and budget for 2018/19 will be adopted.
This year’s political highlight will be the World of Work Summit on the topic of women at work. High-level government representatives and special guests, including the president of Malta Ms. Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, the president of Mauritius Ms. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim and the president of Nepal Ms. Bhandari are expected to attend.
Director General Guy Ryder addressed during his speech at the opening ceremony the challenges and chances that climate change brings for employment and decent work. The Paris Agreement on climate change and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development had placed these issues at the center of ILO’s agenda.
German Ambassador Dr. Ulrich Seidenberger, chairperson of the ILO Governing Body, opened the conference on June 5th and inaugurated this year’s president of conference, Minister of Labor in Panama, Mr. Carles. Ambassador Seidenberger continued by presenting the annual report on the Governing Body’s work in 2016-17 and welcomed the president of Uruguay, H.E. Tabaré Vázquez.
Further information on the program and reports to the conference can be found on ILO’s website:
The International Labor Organization was founded in the course of the Versailles conference in 1919, thus considered as one of the oldest UN special agency. The tripartite structure of trade union representatives, employer representatives and government representatives makes the ILO unique within the UN system. Besides its main purpose, the establishment and enforcement of international standards on labor and social security, the ILO focuses on promoting social justice in a globalized world. In this light social dialogue and the promotion of decent work are considered to be essential in the fight against poverty.
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Presentation of the Report of the Chairperson of the Governing Body for His Excellency, Ambassador Ulrich Seidenberger of Germany