PRETORIA (ILO News) – The 12th ILO African Regional Meeting will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa on 11-14 October and will gather leaders, policy makers and experts from all 54 African countries to review progress made in achieving the targets set in the Decent Work Agenda for Africa 2007/2015.
The Regional meeting will bring together high-level representatives of governments, employer and worker organizations, the multilateral system including the UN Economic Commission for Africa, the European Union, the African Development Bank, donor countries, development partners and civil society organizations to build consensus and accelerate the pace of implementation of the Decent Work Agenda in Africa; promote effective implementation of Decent Work Country Programs as national responses to a jobless economic recovery; and build partnerships to ensure achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Key panel sessions will focus on the challenges posed as African countries recover from the global financial and economic crisis, the youth employment crisis, the need for social protection, governance and social dialogue, women’s economic and social empowerment and gender equality, social economy, rural employment, and international labour standards. Delegates will also examine progress in the implementation of Decent Work Country Programmes in more than 30 African ILO Member States.
For background documentation, reports, a programme and information about the Conference venue, see: www.ilo.org/afrm2011
- H.E. Mr. Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa and other African Heads of State and Government
- Mr. Juan Somavia, Director-General, ILO
- Mr. Abdoulie Janneh, Executive Secretary of UNECA
- Mr Charles Dan, Assistant Director-General & Regional Director for Africa, ILO
- Mr. Jose Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, Executive Director, Employment Sector, ILO
- Mr. Gilles de Robien, Ambassador for the Promotion of Social Cohesion, Government of France.
- Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Luqman, Director-General, Arab Labor Organization.
- Mr. Yusupha B. Crookes, Director of Regional Integration Office, World Bank
- Mr. Ben Duntoye, President of Panafrican Youth Union.
The media are welcome to cover the ILO’s 12th African Regional Meeting. Journalists and media representatives should download and complete the relevant accreditation form and send it to:
Ms Boshigo N. Matlou
Senior officer for Strategic Planning & Public Relations
International Labour Organization Pretoria
The ILO invites journalists to submit their applications for accreditation before October 10th 2011 to enable the appropriate authorities to finalize the process under the best conditions. Journalists are requested to collect their press accreditations at the Press Registration Desk on presentation of:
- a valid professional press card
- an identity card or passport
- a letter of assignment from the Editor-in-Chief of the media concerned