Principles of Social Justice Reaffirm Their Relevance in the ILO Centenary Year: Conference in Bishkek

At a tripartite conference in Bishkek, the International Labour Organisation presented the main conclusions of the Global Commission on the Future of Work’s report “Work for a Brighter Future”. The conference commemorates the ILO centenary and the World Day of Social Justice celebrated annually on February 20.

News | 20 February 2019
BISHKEK (ILO News) – A tripartite conference held today in Kyrgyzstan’s capital and attended by representatives of the Government, employers and trade unions was organized by the Ministry of Labour and Social Development in partnership with the International Labour Organization.

As part of the conference, the ILO presented a report of the Global Commission on the Future of Work created by the ILO in 2017. The Commission comprising 27 luminaries of the global business, trade unions, research centers, governments and non-governmental organizations released the report after 18 months of work. It was presented for the first time on January 22, 2019 in Geneva. The Commission headed by Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa, and Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden, proposed the human-centered concept based on investments into development of human capacities, labour market institutions, decent and sustainable employment.

Kholoud Al-Khaldi: “Lasting peace and stability depend on social justice as much as they did one hundred years ago”
The conference was attended by government officials, representatives of international, civil society and non-governmental organizations. ILO representative delegation was headed by  Kholoud Al-Khaldi, Deputy Director of the ILO Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

“The world of work is evolving under the influence of new factors. While creating large-scale problems, this also opens up enormous opportunities. The future of our countries depends on how we will address these problems and exploit the opportunities. Lasting peace and stability depend on social justice as much as they did one hundred years ago”, Kholoud Al-Khaldi said at the conference.

She stressed that a majority of countries worldwide were at the turning point. “We are proposing a new approach in the world of work, that is, an action plan with a human focus. This approach is aimed at subordinating the economic growth, socioeconomic policies and business practices to human interests”, Ms Al-Khaldi said.

Lejo Sibbel, ILO Moscow Senior Specialist on International Labour Standards and Labour Legislation, Jasmina Papa, Social Protection Specialist, and Vladimir Curovic, Senior Specialist in Employers’ Activities, moderated the conference sessions.

Kamaldin Toktosartov: “Kyrgyzstan had an important privilege to celebrate the World Day of Social Justice jointly with other ILO member states.”
Kamaldin Toktosartov, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Development, congratulated the International Labour Organization with its anniversary wishing the ILO to further promote the principles of social justice worldwide. “This country has been a member of the ILO since 1992. Over these years, Kyrgyzstan ratified 53 conventions including all eight fundamental ILO conventions. The ILO is providing assistance to the country as part of development projects. In 2019, Kyrgyzstan had an important privilege to celebrate the World Day of Social Justice jointly with other ILO member states, and we are happy that all ILO constituents and partners are attending the conference”, the Deputy Minister said.

In her turn, Yukie Mokuo, Deputy UN Resident Coordinator in Kyrgyzstan, praised the Kyrgyz Government for the efforts made and progress achieved in the world of work. “The country has a universal social protection system covering children, women and men. Social protection is a human right, not a charity. Everyone has a right to decent work. The UN and the Government jointly with civil society organizations, trade unions and other partners are successfully implementing programmes and projects to secure social justice. In the 2040 National Development Strategy adopted last year, a major focus is made on social issues. This is yet another evidence of the country’s commitment to the principles of social justice”, Ms. Oku said.
Rysgul Babaeva, Deputy Head of the Trade Union Federation of Kyrgyzstan, and Amangeldy Muraliev, President of the National Confederation of Employers, shared the opinion that in the ILO centenary year the principles of social justice underlying the Organisation’s activities have reaffirmed their relevance and importance.

“A need to protect the rights of individuals, rights at work should become a principle that brings together the ILO’s tripartite constituents. When creating new jobs, this should be done on the principle of social justice, gender equality and non-discrimination”, Ms. Muraliev underlined.

As part of the conference, the “World of Work in Kyrgyzstan” photo show was opened up to exhibit 50 photographs by the country’s renowned photographers such as Erkin and Artur Bolzhurovs, Ogor Kovalenko, Askar Kuruchbekov, Viacheslav Oseledko, Vladimir Pirogov.

As part of the conference, the “World of Work in Kyrgyzstan” photo show was opened
The World Day of Social Justice was instituted by the UN General Assembly in 2007 as a way of contributing to eradication of poverty, full and productive employment and decent work for men and women, equality and social justice for all.