110th International Labour Conference opens May 27




The 110th session of the International Labour Conference  (ILC) of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) will take place between May 27 and June 11 June, in Geneva Switzerland.

This is contained in a statement by the ILO Media Advisory Department on Monday in Abuja.

The statement said the conference will be held in hybrid format, with delegates attending in person in Geneva, as well as virtually.

According to the statement, this is to take account of COVID-19 sanitary and travel restrictions, as well as renovation work at the UN and ILO buildings in Geneva.

“The ILC’s opening sitting (which will be fully virtual), will take place on May 27, committees will begin their work on May 30, while Plenary sittings will be held between June 6 and June 11.

“The high-level World of Work Summit will take place on June 10. The Conference will close on June 11,” it said.

It said among the items on the agenda will be the possible amendment of the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, 1998, to include safe and healthy working conditions.

It also added that  an initial discussion on apprenticeships would take place, with a view to the possible creation of a new international labour standard.

According to the statement, committees will also discuss decent work and the social and solidarity economy, and the strategic objective of employment as part of the follow-up mechanism of the ILO Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization.

It said the conference would be followed by a meeting of the ILO’s Governing Body  on June, 13, to elect its Officers for the period 2022-2023.

It added that journalists who are not already accredited to the UN in Geneva and who wish to be accredited to the ILC will need to register in advance on this platform , providing a letter of assignment, identification document and work samples.

It also said that public sittings of the ILC would  be followed on the new ILO Live web platform, which would  include live coverage of the plenary sessions.

“The “World of Work Show”, covering key ILC moments and themes, will also be broadcast on ILO Live,’’it said.

“All ILC coverage, as well as photos, videos and social media links will be available via the Conference webpages.

The ILC, also known as the world parliament of labour, is the largest international gathering dedicated to the world of work.

It is attended by representatives of governments, employers and workers from the 187 ILO member states.

Delegates discuss key world of work issues, adopt and monitor the application of International Labour Standards and set the ILO’s global priorities and budget. (NAN)

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