Mark your calendars!
The first World Day of Social Justice, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly last November, will be observed on Friday 20 February 2009.
Member States are invited to devote this special day to the promotion of national activities in accordance with the objectives and goals of the World Summit for Social Development.
The World Day of Social Justice will contribute to the efforts of the international community in poverty eradication, the promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity and access to social well-being and justice for all.
Participating governments have made a commitment to the creation of a framework for action to promote social justice at national, regional and international levels. They recognize that economic growth should promote equity and social justice and that “a society for all” must be based on social justice and respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms.
For the first World Day of Social Justice, the International Labour Office (ILO) is organizing a panel discussion in Geneva on “The Crisis: Threat or Opportunity for Social Justice?”
When: Friday 20 February 2009, 3-5pm
Where: ILO Geneva (Governing Body Room), 4 route des Morillons, 1211 Geneva
What: Panel discussion on “The Crisis: Threat or opportunity for Social Justice?”
Who: (in alphabetical order)
- Khalid Janahi – Chairman of Ithmaar Bank; co-chair of WEF Middle Eastern debates; Group Chief Executive of Dar al-Maal al-Islami Trust (DMI)
- Jean-Pierre Lehmann – Professor of International Political Economy at International Institute for Management Development
- Jack Lowe – President of BlueOrchard Finance USA
- Anita Normark – General secretary of the Building and Woodworkers International Union (BWI)
- Juliette de Rivero – Director of Advocacy, Human Rights Watch Geneva
- Rick Samans – Managing Director of the World Economic Forum
- Juan Somavia – Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO)
- Raymond Torres – Director of the ILO International Institute for Labour Studies
- Karen Tse – Founder and CEO of International Bridges to Justice
- Jean Ziegler – UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food for the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights; member of the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee
The event is open to the public. Photo ID required.
For access on public transport, take Bus 8 stop BIT.
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