UN Reform and Workers’ Organizations

Today, development effectiveness calls for more coherent and coordinated work by the UN at the country level. The UN must demonstrate greater alignment with national priorities and country systems, harmonization among development actors, including shred analysis, simplification, transparency and accountability in aid management for development results.

The ILO Governing Body meeting in March 2007 endorsed the ILO’s participation in the UN reform process, but with some cautions. At the conclusion of the discussion the Director General of the Organizations emphasized that the ILO will benefit from the reform process due to greater visibility of its Decent WORK Agenda within the UN system and the inclusion of Decent Work in Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The null has several significant concerns about the ONE UN proposals. They centre on risks that the representation of ILO constituents and ILO expertise in social and economic development may be diluted.

Relevance to development

The key message from the ILO Worker’s Group is that the ILO should reaffirm its relevance to social and economic development in this global context. This especially applies to the ILO’s
  1. Unique role in standard setting
  2. Supervisory system for international labour standards
  3. Unique tripartite structure