Media advisory

Preview of the 107th session of the International Labour Conference

Media advisory | 27 May 2018
GENEVA (ILO News) – The 107th session of the International Labour Conference will take place at the UN Palais des Nations in Geneva from 28 May to 8 June, 2018.

More than 4,000 worker, employer and government delegates from the ILO's 187 member States will tackle a wide range of issues. Plenary sessions will be broadcast live on www.ilo.org.

Here is a preview of the main events:

28 May: Opening ceremony (11.00 a.m.)

The Conference will elect its President and Vice-Presidents, to be followed by the opening address of ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, the spokespersons of the Employers’ and Workers’ groups, and the Chairperson of the Governing Body of the ILO.

This year’s report of the head of the ILO addresses the obstacles to gender equality at work and in society. It also suggests how they can be tackled in a new push for equality.

30 May: Information session on the work of the Global Commission on the future of work

An information session on the work of the Global Commission on the Future of Work is scheduled on 30 May between 13:00 and 14:30 in Room XVI.

1 June: High-Level visit by the President of Colombia

The President of Colombia and 2016 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Juan Manuel Santos, will address the plenary session of the ILC on 1 June in the morning. More details on this visit will be provided later.

4 June: Celebration ahead of World Day Against Child Labour

Since World Day Against Child Labour falls after the end of the ILC (12 June) it will be marked at the conference on 4 June with a series of events.

This year, the theme is “Generation Safe and Healthy”, shining a spotlight on the global need to end child labour and improve the safety and health of young workers.

A panel discussion featuring Nobel Peace prize winner, Kailash Satyarthi, will be organized, as well as an event to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Global March Against Child Labour. More information will be provided closer to those events.

7 June: “World of Work Summit” and High-Level visit by the Presidents of Ireland and Central African Republic

A “World of Work Summit” on the theme “Peace and Resilience” will be held in the Assembly Hall on the morning of 7 June, gathering high-level government, worker and employer panellists.

The panel discussion will be structured around the following four themes:
  • Why are employment generation and decent work so important for sustaining peace?
  • What do recent experiences on the ground tell us about the contribution of decent work to addressing the needs of the people affected, particularly women and young workers?
  • How can employment promotion interventions make the most contribution to conflict prevention, peace and resilience building?
  • What strategic partnerships can contribute to the peace-building sustainable development agenda; and how do you see the role of the ILO?
The Presidents of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, and the Central African Republic, Faustin Archange Touadera, will also address the ILC on that day.

More details on both events will be communicated later.

Committees

Specific ILC committees will address the following issues:
The committees will report back to the plenary session of the Conference once they have completed their work.

Kindly note that committee sessions are not accessible to journalists without prior authorization. Requests should be sent to newsroom@ilo.org at least 24 hours in advance so that the request can be put to the chairs and co-chairs of each committee, who can decide to grant or refuse access.

Details on the ILO Conference programme are available at ilo.org/ilc (Please note that the programme is regularly updated).

Media accreditation

For media accreditation, details on room access and high-level sessions ‒ both for UN-accredited correspondents and other journalists ‒ please refer to the media advisory that was issued on 25 April.

Social media

The following hashtags will be used during the conference:

English: #ILC2018
French: #CITravail
Spanish: #CITrabajo

Daily “ILO Live: Ask the experts” sessions on Facebook – also accessible on ilo.org – will take place from the Salle des Pas Perdus at the Palais des Nations. They will provide an opportunity for internet users from all over the world to ask their questions to guests.

For more information, please contact: newsroom@ilo.org.