Meetings and events

July 2011

  1. Rethinking the American Social Contract: The International Labor Organization's Decent Work Agenda in the United States

    11 July 2011

    The ILO-Washington Office and the New America Foundation hosted a lively event about the ILO’s Decent Work Agenda in the United States. The event launched a new paper titled "Rethinking the American Social Contract: The International Labor Organization's Decent Work Agenda in the United States" featuring a distinguished panel of discussants. They included the paper’s author Lauren Damme, Senior Policy Analyst at the New America Foundation, Duncan Campbell, Director for Policy Planning in Employment, ILO; and Thomas Kochan, George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management, MIT Sloan School of Management. The session was moderated by Michael Lind, Policy Director, Economic Growth Program and Next Social Contract Initiative at New America Foundation.

June 2011

  1. World Day Against Child Labor: Children in Hazardous Work, Hosted by US Department of Labor and sponsored by OSHA, ILO and WHO.

    2 June 2011

    The one day workshop focused on good practices to address the increasing problem of hazardous labor among children and youth under the age of 18. It brought together professionals in occupational safety and health and youth employment to seek ways to collaborate in preventing and reducing hazardous work of children and youth worldwide. Participants included experts implementing USDOL-funded child labor projects from more than 25 countries.

May 2011

  1. Helsinki Commission hearing on "Labor Trafficking in Troubled Economic Times: Protecting American Jobs and Migrant Human Rights"

    23 May 2011

    ILO Washington Director, Nancy A. Donaldson provided testimony before the US Helsinki Commission on the issues of global forced labor, trafficking and labor migration issues. Also testifying were Ambassador-at-Large Luis C. deBaca, U.S. Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (G/TIP), Gabriela Lemus, PhD, US Department of Labor and Representative to the Senior Policy Operating Group on Trafficking in Persons; Julia Ormond Actress and Founder of the Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking, and Neha Misra, J.D., Senior Specialist Migration and Human Trafficking, Solidarity Center.

  2. Expanding Opportunities in the Global Marketplace, Hosted by the Wilson Center in collaboration with the ILO and No Limits Foundation

    16 May 2011

    In preparation for its 100th International Labor Conference, the ILO has published a global report, Equality at Work: The Continuing Challenge. This report examines the current status of workplace discrimination worldwide. Guy Ryder, Deputy Director General, and author Lisa Wong-Ramesar, Senior Declaration Officer, Program on Promoting the Declaration on FPRW, presented key findings from the report. Barbara Shailor, US Department of State Special Representative for International Labor Affairs, US Department of State, Sara Manzano-Diaz, Director of the Women’s Bureau, US Department of Labor, Marcia Greenberger, National Women's Law Center Founder and Co-President, Sarah Fox, AFL-CIO Representative to the ILO, and Ronnie Goldberg, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer, United States Council for International Business offered remarks.

April 2011

  1. IMF SEMINAR Youth, Jobs, and Inclusive Growth in the Middle East and North Africa featuring ILO Regional Director for Arab States, Nada Al-Nashif

    15 April 2011

    The seminar addressed the recent developments in the Middle East and North Africa region facing the need to generate faster and more inclusive growth that will create meaningful jobs. Unemployment, particularly among the youth, is already high, while growth remains well below that of the emerging market average. Popular uprisings that have swept across the region have also brought to the surface long-standing discontent with inequality and joblessness. Panelists discussed how policymakers can support inclusive growth, tackle joblessness and inequality. Panelists included, Nada Al-Nashif, Director, ILO Regional Office for Arab States, Wael Ghonim, Internet Activist, Rashid Khalidi, Professor, Columbia University, Mustapha Nabli, Central Bank Governor, Tunisia, and Dominique Strauss Kahn, Managing Director IMF. Abderrahim Foukara from Al Jazeera moderated the panel.

  2. The Global Jobs Crisis: Sustaining the Recovery through Employment and Equitable Growth, Organized by The Brookings Institution

    13 April 2011

    Brookings hosted Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, and Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, for a discussion of the global economic crisis and strategies for spurring employment and promoting more equitable and balanced growth around the world. Other panelists included Stephen Pursey, Senior Adviser to the Director-General of the ILO, and George A. Akerlof, 2001 Nobel Prize recipient and the Koshland Professor of Economics at the University of California at Berkeley. Kemal Derviş, Vice President and Director of Global Economy and Development, moderated the discussion.

March 2011

  1. Debate on Balancing Flexibility and Security, Organized by the World Bank

    31 March 2011

    The World Bank’s Labor Markets Department offered a two week course on “Creating Jobs in a Post-Crisis World: Labor Market Policy” from March 28-April 8, 2011. This course examined post-crisis labor-market challenges and policy options for low-income and middle-income countries. It was designed particularly for individuals involved in labor policy and related programs. The ILO’s Washington Office Director, Nancy A. Donaldson, participated in a debate on Balancing Flexibility and Security in labor markets as part of the course. Such models, sometimes called “flexicurity,” exist in some countries in Europe and seek to be advantageous to both employers and workers. Her fellow panelists included Neil Gregory, adviser to the vice-president of the World Bank Group's Financial and Private Sector Development and Peter Bakvis, Director of the ITUC/Global Unions Washington Office.