Remarks by ILO Employment Policy Director Sangheon Lee during the presentation of the World Economic Forum report “Towards a reskilling revolution: A future of jobs for all”
I do not need to explain that these issues have also been extensively, and often very lively, debated at the ILO, especially since we launched the Future of Work initiative. The Global Commission on the Future of Work has been debating how to help workers acquire the skills they need to deal with many challenging transitions as they move through the different stages of their lives.
These are all critical but difficult questions. Last week, the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers met to discuss these issues, together with the G20 Education Minister. The Joint Declaration adopted at the meeting recognizes “the importance of promoting a holistic, inclusive and lifelong learning approach in skills development policies that respect human rights.”
The Global Commission continues to deliberate on the issues, as they are now preparing their report. As many of you may know, the report will come out in January 2019.
I have made a rather lengthy introduction, as I wanted to highlight the importance of this seminar for the ILO’s initiative on the Future of Work. I am certain that Saadia’s presentation and the subsequent discussion will contribute to the on-going debates at ILO as well as the Global Commission. This is precisely why we have organized this event in collaboration with the Future of Work Secretariat.