The International Labour Organization (ILO) has organised five regional virtual events, which have addressed the economic and social impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and how to build a better future of work.
In the events held on July 1-2, government, employer and worker representatives and academia from across five regions – Africa, the Americas, the Arab States, Asia-Pacific and Europe – discussed the huge costs of the Covid-19 pandemic to their economies, labour markets and societies, and how different countries have responded.
The participants had also shared views on how the ILO Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work can serve as a roadmap for a human-centered, inclusive and sustainable recovery from the pandemic, said a press release of the ILO on July 3.
The pandemic has laid bare the extreme vulnerability of millions of workers and enterprises. According to the latest ILO Monitor: Covid-19 and the World of Work, there was a 14 per cent drop globally in working hours during the second quarter of 2020, equivalent to the loss of 400 million full-time jobs.
The vast majority of the world's workers (93 per cent) continue to live in countries with some sort of workplace closures.
The discussions were held ahead of three global events taking place between July 7–9, which will bring together around 70 Heads of State and government, prominent global employer and trade union leaders, the UN secretary-general and heads of other international organizations.
The exchanges during the discussions will inform the global discussions during the summit – the largest ever online gathering of workers, employers and governments.
Some of the issues being discussed at the summit are:
How to promote full and productive employment in this new environment
What needs to be done to address the massive vulnerabilities in the world of work made evident by the pandemic
Which workers require particular support and attention
How to position the reduction and elimination of poverty as central objectives of the recovery process
How the international community can come together with a real common purpose and rededicate itself to the delivery of the UN's 2030 Agenda.
Highlights from the regional events will be featured during the first global event on July 7 along with interviews with ILO regional directors.
Addresses from Heads of State and government and prominent global employer and trade union leaders will be delivered on July 8 – Global Leaders Day. UN Secretary-General António Guterres will also give a speech.
On July 9 – ILO Constituents' Day – ministers, workers' and employers' leaders from ILO member States will reflect on the previous days' events and discuss the implementation of the ILO Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work in the context of the pandemic.