Peace and Resilience

Launch of the Training Manual for workers’ organizations on Dealing with crisis arising from conflicts and disasters

This panel discussion will provide an opportunity to highlight the importance of social dialogue in matters related to conflicts and disasters by insisting on the role of the ILO, its social partners, and International Labour Standards in crisis situations. It will focus on the key role that workers’ organizations have in this important field.


This training manual for workers’ organizations on Dealing with crisis arising from conflicts and disasters focusses on situations that are at the crossroads of humanitarian assistance, development, peacebuilding and resilience. It contributes to anchoring the role of the ILO and the social partners across this field. The manual offers practical guidance to workers’ organizations in taking a central role towards contributing to the prevention and mitigation of the effects of conflicts and disasters; engage in early warning and preparedness; assist in the immediate response in a conflict-sensitive manner; promote long-term recovery; and contribute to sustaining peace.


Introductory remarks

Chair: Maria Helena ANDRE (Director, ACTRAV, ILO)
  • Martha Newton (Deputy Director-General for Policy, ILO)
  • Mito Tsukamoto (Branch Chief, DEVINVEST, ILO)
  • Deborah France-Massin (Director, ACT/EMP, ILO)
The Training Manual for Workers and ILO Recommendation No. 205
  • Oliver Jütersonke (Head of Research Centre on Conflict, Development & Peacebuilding, The Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Karen Curtis (Branch Chief, LibSynd, NORMES, ILO)
Workers' organizations and conflicts and disasters
  • Omar Faruk Osman (General Secretary, Federation of Somali Trade Unions – FESTU, Somalia)
  • Mariela Kohon (Senior International Officer, Trade Union Congress – TUC, United Kingdom)