Statements

October 2012

  1. ILO Statement to the Third Committee of the 67th General Assembly

    Progress in gender equality and ending discrimination remains elusive

    17 October 2012, New York

    Gender equality cannot be achieved when discrimination remains embedded in political, economic and social institutions and in development processes.

  2. ILO Statement to the Third Committee of the 67th General Assembly

    Equity enhancing policies can reduce risk of future crises

    09 October 2012, New York

    People remain vulnerable and their livelihoods precarious unless there are wider conditions for inclusive, equitable and sustainable growth and development.

July 2012

  1. ILO Statement to the 2012 ECOSOC High-Level Segment

    A jobs-centered development agenda

    09 July 2012, New York

    Action for jobs now is critical for growth and development and the shaping of fairer, greener and less volatile globalization.

  2. ILO Statement at the 2012 ECOSOC Ministerial Breakfast

    Cooperatives make a better world

    05 July 2012, New York

    Cooperatives are particularly suitable as a form of organization and empowerment for vulnerable groups.

  3. ILO Statement for Kenya at the 2012 ECOSOC session

    How can growth be made more job-rich in Kenya?

    03 July 2012, New York

    Despite many interventions targeted at employment and the relatively good growth performance of the Kenyan economy, unemployment, underemployment and the working poor continue to be Kenya’s most difficult and persistent problems.

  4. Keynote address by the ILO at the 2012 ECOSOC session

    A moment for policy leadership by the United Nations

    02 July 2012, New York

    Recasting national policies to achieve quality growth will require a blending of macroeconomic and employment policies, trade and development policies, social and environmental policies.

May 2012

  1. ILO Statement to the 11th Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

    The UN Indigenous Peoples Declaration is needed now more than ever

    18 May 2012, New York

    Implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples has become an urgent matter, given the current global economic crisis, which has a disproportionately negative impact on the most vulnerable social groups, including indigenous peoples.

March 2012

  1. ILO Statement to the 56th Commission on the Status of Women

    Adoption of international labour standards key to supporting rural women

    15 March 2012, New York

    Governments can play an important role in supporting women in rural situations and in particular agricultural workers by ratifying international conventions relevant to female agricultural workers and implementing international labour standards that are key to gender equality.

February 2012

  1. ILO Statement to the 50th Commission for Social Development

    Promotion of GDP growth alone will not alleviate poverty

    02 February 2012, New York

    The macro agenda must be transformed to include more and broader objectives. An efficient model for growth and decent work at the center requires the integration of macroeconomic policy strategies with employment and social policy.

October 2011

  1. ILO Statement to the Second Committee of the 66th General Assembly

    Tackling informal labour markets and boosting rural development are primary challenges for LDCs

    21 October 2011, New York

    For LDCs, it is essential to encourage economic diversification and a gradual transition to productive formal employment that extends voice, rights and protections in the workplace.