The side event, organized by the ILO at the WTO Fourth Global Review of Aid for Trade on 9 July in Geneva, provided an opportunity for sharing research findings and policy approaches on the role of skills development in translating trade openness into sustainable growth of productive and decent work. Diverse research and survey data show that many firms rank finding adequately skilled workers as a major constraint to their business. New research from the WTO documented that, in particular, such difficulties impede small and medium sized enterprises from connecting to and benefitting from global value chains.
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 - Webinar convened by the ILO, the UN Global Compact Office and G3ICT
This year’s theme is “Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all”. It provides an opportunity to address the exclusion of persons with disabilities by focusing on promoting accessibility and removing all types of barriers in society.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recognizes that the existence of barriers constitutes a central component of disability. Under the Convention, disability is an evolving concept that “results from the interaction between persons with impairments and attitudinal and environmental barriers that hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.”
Observed on the 3rd of December each year, the day aims to encourage better understanding of disability issues. This year’s theme is “Together for a better world for all: including persons with disabilities in development”. It seeks to promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities and their communities in development efforts.
Knowledge-Sharing Workshop on Skills for Employment: Good Practices and Effective Institutions to Bridge Education, Training and Decent Work
The International Labour Organization (ILO) is organizing a two-day workshop on skills for employment as part of the G20 Training Strategy to support strong, sustainable and balanced growth.
This year's theme is "Keeping the promise: Mainstreaming disability in the Millennium Development Goals towards 2015 and beyond". It aims to ensure that disability and the concerns of people with disabilities are included in the commitments to end global poverty made by the international community. The inclusion of persons with disabilities in all development activities is essential to realizing the MDGs and other development goals. This year’s Day will serve as a reminder to governments, global leaders, policy-makers and other stakeholders to keep up their efforts on behalf of disability-inclusive development.
The 4th CBR Africa Network Conference (CAN) launched new guidelines designed to empower persons with disabilities by supporting their inclusion in health, education, employment, social, skills training and other community services.
The purpose of the technical validation workshop was to validate the findings of the global policy-applied research project on Skills for Green Jobs. The Global synthesis report and the European synthesis report were discussed. The workshop aimed to: a) identify environmental challenges and skills response strategies; b) discuss green restructuring processes on the labour market and related retraining needs; c) highlight current and future occupational changes and their implication on vocational training; d) propose specific policy recommendations and suggestions for further steps.
ILO Conference on "People with intellectual disabilities: Opening pathways to training and employment in the African region"
In Africa, some 10 to 15 million people have an intellectual disability. Because of stigma and discrimination, a majority are excluded from education, training and employment and live in poverty and isolation. To help meet the challenge of more equitable access to vocational training and employment opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities, the ILO-Irish Aid Partnership Programme organized a sub-regional conference in Lusaka, Zambia in early March on the issue.
ILO Conference to promote training and employment opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities
This year's theme for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities - "Making the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Inclusive: Empowerment of persons with disabilities and their communities around the world" - supports the message of challenging exclusion. It aims to highlight the need to continue to work for the mainstreaming of persons with disabilities in all aspects of society and development if the MDGs of reducing poverty are to be achieved.
ILO's Employment Sector's Disability Team organized a panel presentation followed by a discussion. The aim of the event was to examine how the current economic downturn is affecting women and men with disabilities and to advocate that they be included in measures to tackle the crisis.