Geneva Peace Week 2022

Promoting international labour standards and decent work for social justice, peace and resilience

The in-person workshop is organized by the ILO in collaboration with the ITUC, IOE and the Geneva Graduate Institute’s Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP).

The Geneva Peace Week

The Geneva Peace Week (GPW) is a leading annual forum in the international peacebuilding calendar, and the flagship event of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform. It is a space of meaningful exchange and co-created learning linking practitioners, policymakers, researchers, students and individuals from all sectors.

The Workshop

The International Labour Organization (ILO) was created in 1919 on the foundation that universal and lasting peace can only be based on social justice and that achieving social justice depends on decent work established through International Labour Standards (ILS).

ILS developed within the ILO are a key element of human rights and are essential in crisis prevention and response - whether they are aimed at employment promotion, defending fundamental principles and rights at work or ensuring fair competition between states. Furthermore, respect for ILS contributes to a culture of social dialogue that is key in preventing conflict and enabling recovery.

ILS provide the foundation for a new social contract for sustaining peace while serving as an active compass, even in times of crisis.

This workshop will be the opportunity to debate on the link between labour rights, inequalities, and sustaining peace from the perspective of workers’ organizations, private sector through the employers’ organizations, and the International Labour Organization (ILO) with examples from conflict-affected countries.

The workshop, which will take place on Thursday, 3 November from 10:45 to 11:30 at the Maison de la Paix in Geneva, will offer panellists and attendees an opportunity to engage in meaningful cross-fertilization of ideas to broaden the discourse on sustaining peace by including the contribution of labour rights in preventing conflict and promoting social justice.

Workshop Facilitator:
Mr. Oliver Jütersonke, Research Associate at the Geneva Graduate Institute’s Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP)

  • Ms. Karen Curtis, Chief, Freedom of Association Branch, International Labour Standards Department, International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • Mr. Ayuba Philibus Wabba, President of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
  • Ms. Lindiwe Sephomolo, Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Lesotho Employers and Business

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