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Archives for December 2019

Abidjan Declaration

Advancing Social Justice: Shaping the future of work in Africa

Realizing the potential for a future of work with social justice


Government, Employers’ and Workers’ delegates from 49 African countries having met at the 14th ILO African Regional Meeting from 3 to 6 December 2019 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, in the ILO’s Centenary year 2019, which also marked the 60th year of the Organization’s presence in the continent, with the aim of forging a regional framework to unleash Africa’s potential for inclusive growth and shaping a future of work with social justice;
Recalling the ILO Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work, adopted by the International Labour Conference in June 2019, and endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2019, which provides a road map for a regional agenda;
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ZFE SPEECH AT THE PLENARY SESSION OF THE ILO AFRICA REGIONAL MEETING , 5TH DECEMBER 2019 IN ABIDJAN

CHAIRPERSON , DISTIGUISHED DELEGATES , LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.  THE DG’S REPORT TALKED ABOUT THE FUTURE OF WORK AND THE FOUR GLOBAL MEGA-TRENDS -TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES, CLIMATE CHANGE, CHANGING DEMOGRAPHICS AND GLOBALIZATION –AND THE PROFOUND CHANGE, AND EVEN REVOLUTION, THEY BROUGHT ABOUT ON THE WAY WORK IS DONE AND BUSINESSES ARE ORGANIZED BUT ALSO THE WAY EMPLOYERS AND WORKERS INTERACT AT THE WORKPLACE. THESE TRENDS ARE NOT NEW; THEY HAVE BEEN A PART OF HUMAN HISTORY SINCE THE START OF HISTORY ITSELF. HOWEVER, THE FACT THAT THESE TRENDS ARE TAKING PLACE SIMULTANEOUSLY AT AN OVERWHELMING PACE IS SOMETHING UNIQUE TO OUR GENERATION; AND IT IS IMPACTING OUR GOVERNANCE SYSTEMS AND INSTITUTIONS IN WAYS AND MAGNITUDES WE COULD NOT HAVE IMAGINED . Read more…

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