Webinar

How employment and decent work can contribute to peace and social cohesion in the time of the COVID-19 crisis

The virtual event will discuss the key contribution of employment and decent work to peacebuilding, social cohesion and social justice, in particular in the time of the COVID-19 crisis.

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The ILO has been engaged in peacebuilding since its foundation in 1919. With the adoption in 2017 of the landmark Recommendation on Employment and Decent Work for Peace and Resilience (N. 205) and the launch of the Jobs for Peace and Resilience (JPR) global flagship programme, the ILO has recently reinvigorated its mandate in the humanitarian-development-peace nexus and fully equipped itself to contribute to more peaceful and resilient societies through the promotion of employment and decent work.

The Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) within the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) also plays a central role in the United Nations efforts to prevent and resolve deadly conflict around the world by fostering international support for nationally-owned and nationally-led peacebuilding efforts.

This virtual event is an initiative of the ILO in partnership with the PBSO and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) to discuss the key contribution of employment and decent work to peacebuilding, social cohesion and social justice, in particular in the time of the COVID-19 crisis. The event, which will be moderated by INTERPEACE, will also showcase good practices and challenges, and foster debate among participants.

For further details and additional background, download the event concept note here. Download the event flyer here.

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Programme

The virtual event will take place on Monday, 28 September from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. CET (9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ET). 
Interpretation will be available in English, French and Spanish.


Opening Remarks:
  • Mr. Guy Ryder, Director General, ILO
  • Mr. Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, Assistant Secretary General, PBSO
  • H.E. Mr. Ambassador Félix Baumann, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the Conference on Disarmament and Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Office and other International Organizations in Geneva
Panellists:
  • Mr. Maman Sidikou, Executive Secretary, G5 Sahel 
  • Ms. Muferiat Kamil, Minister of Peace, Ethiopia 
  • Ms. Jenan Mubarak, Chairperson of the Iraqi Center for Women Rehabilitation & Employment (ICWRE) and Head of Iraqi Peace Net
  • Ms. Elvia Mejía Fernandez, Manager of the Territorially Focused Development Program (PDET) of the Sierra Nevada and Perijá, Colombia
  • Mr. Omar Faruk Osman, General Secretary, Federation of Somali Trade Unions (FESTU)
  • Ms. Lindiwe Sephomolo, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Lesotho Employers and Business
Moderator:
Ms. Renée Larivière, Senior Director for Programme Management, INTERPEACE

Download the speakers' bios here.

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