XIX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work: 11-15 September 2011
GENEVA (ILO News) – Some 3,000 policy-makers, experts, industry and labour leaders from over 100 countries are to gather in Istanbul, Turkey, from 11-15 September for the XIX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work.
The XIX World Congress is co-organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Social Security Association (ISSA), in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security of Turkey, on the theme "Building a Global Culture of Prevention for a Healthy and Safe Future".
The Congress is held every three years and is the largest global event promoting efforts to reduce work-related accidents and diseases in the world of work.
In its report to the Congress the ILO will assess the global impact of occupational accidents and diseases, and examine national and international strategies to improve safety and health at work.
The Seoul Declaration on Safety and Health at Work, adopted at the XVIII World Congress in 2008, states the right to a safe and healthy working environment as a fundamental human right, for the first time in an international declaration. The upcoming World Congress aims at strengthening global commitment in promoting a preventive safety and health culture and will report and build on what has been achieved since 2008.
Congress participants will focus on the importance of building and maintaining a preventive safety and health culture by discussing comprehensive and proactive approaches to safety and health at work; the introduction and implementation of a systems approach for occupational safety and health at the national level; developing mutually beneficial partnerships and innovation for occupational safety and health through social dialogue; new challenges in a changing world of work and the global economy; and a wide range of other topics.
The Congress includes an International Film and Multimedia Festival organized by the ISSA, which will feature over 200 short films and multimedia presentations on occupational safety and health. An International Safety and Health Exhibition will run in parallel to the Congress, and will showcase safety and health technologies and products from a wide range of companies.
Technical visits will also be organized for participants to see, first-hand, how safety and health issues are managed in major industries and sectors.
Media accreditation forms should be submitted electronically or by fax (+90 216 688 4642) no later than 29 August 2011. Other documents and information may be required to support your application for media accreditation. The accreditation form can be found at: www.safety2011turkey.org/index.php/en/general-information/information-for-media
Journalists are invited to complete accreditation in advance of the event. The XIX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work registration fee is waived for journalists.
A Congress Press Centre for registered media will be in operation throughout the event, and press conferences and daily briefings will be organized. The Press Centre staff will be available to facilitate interviews and locate sources.
Media queries and requests for interviews with ILO and ISSA representatives and occupational safety and health specialists can be directed to:
Berrak Atila, Çalışma ve Sosyal Güvenlik Bakanlığı, İş Sağlığı ve Güvenliği Genel Müdürlüğü, e-posta: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 0312 296 6790, Faks:+90 312 215 50 28
Başak Öncel, N'PR İletişim Danışmanlığı, e-posta: email@example.com, tel: 0 312 468 6871, Faks: 0 312 4689232
Daily reports, photo and video coverage of the World Congress on Safety and Health at Work will be available on the websites of the World Congress and of the co-organizers:
XIX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work: www.safety2011turkey.org
The XIX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work takes place 11-15 September 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey. Held every three years, it is the largest global prevention event for occupational safety and health policy-makers and experts. The XIX World Congress is co-organized by the International Labour Organization and the International Social Security Association, in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security of the Republic of Turkey, on the theme "Building a Global Culture of Prevention for a Healthy and Safe Future". www.safety2011turkey.org