Working for a brighter future

United Nations Launch of the Report of the Global Commission on the Future of Work

The International Labour Organization has called for a human-centred agenda for the future of work in a landmark report launched today at the United Nations Headquarter in New York

Press release | 31 January 2019
The report Work for a Brighter Future, produced by the independent Global Commission on the Future of Work, was launched today at the United Nations marking the beginning of the ILO’s Centenary commemoration in New York.

The report provides an in-depth and analytical examination of the future of work that can provide a basis for the delivery of social justice in the 21st century. It outlines the steps needed to create a better future of work for all, at a time of unprecedented change and exceptional challenges for the world of work.

The Global Commission on the Future of Work – co-chaired by South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa and Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven – has been working on the report since August 2017.

In her opening remarks, the President of the 73rd Session of the General Assembly, H.E. Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, emphasized that “our collective ability to adequately prepare for the future of work will be a key factor in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals”. She reminded that discussions on the future of work cannot be limited to technology, as we should not underestimate the unfinished business of promoting “opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work, in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity”.

The President of the Economic and Social Council, H.E. Ms. Inga Rhonda King, noted that 2019 is an important year for the ILO, not only because of its centenary, but also because the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development will conduct an in-depth review of SDG 8. Labour issues as youth employment, gender equality, income inequality, informality, the rural economy, the digital divide, lifelong learning and social protection are discussed in the report and will be on the agenda this year of many functional commissions of ECOSOC.

"The report focuses on the need to invest in people - a human-centred agenda for the future of work. This is not only important from a social justice point of view but it is critical for maintaining economic growth” said Richard Samans, Managing Director of World Economic Forum.

Mr. Thomas Mackall, Senior Counsel of United States Council for Business concluded that “this report will frame our conversations on the future of work, but this is only the beginning to engage in a tripartite way to frame the work of the ILO in the future”.

To mark the ILO's Centenary and to discuss further the Commission's report, a high Level plenary meeting of the UN General Assembly will be organized on the Future of Work on 10 April 2019.

Download report: Work For a Brighter Future
Watch the full event: Launch of the Global Commission Report on the Future of Work