Launch of the joint ILO-WTO publication: Making Globalization Socially Sustainable

Globalization is widely seen as a powerful engine that has the potential to promote growth and development. For many years, however, concerns have also been raised about the effects of globalization on jobs and wages. This has led to questions about the social sustainability of globalization.With the aim of contributing to the elaboration of relevant policy proposals, The International Labour Office and the World Trade Organization are jointly undertaking a book project with the title “Making Globalization Socially Sustainable”.

Programme

11:15 – 11:40: Opening Remarks

  • Pascal Lamy, Director-General, WTO
  • Juan Somavia, Director-General, ILO
  • Gérard Worms, Chairman, ICC

11:40-12:00: Presentation of the Publication

  • Marc Bacchetta, Counsellor, Economic Research and Statistics Division, WTO
  • Marion Jansen, Co-ordinator, Trade and Employment Programme, Employment Sector, ILO

12:00-12:15: Questions and answers

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“Making Globalization Socially Sustainable”, a new joint ILO-WTO publication

There is a shared sense that globalization is a powerful engine that has already contributed to lifting many out of poverty and that, if properly harnessed, could further promote growth and development to the benefit of all. For many years, however, concerns have been raised regarding certain effects of globalization on jobs, wages, and job insecurity. Globalization has also been blamed for the recent financial crisis and its effects on employment. In this context, a number of observers have come to question the sustainability of globalization from a social point of view. Calls for a more inclusive globalization have become more frequent, but only few concrete proposals have been put forward.

With the aim of contributing to the elaboration of relevant policy proposals, The International Labour Office and the World Trade Organization are jointly undertaking a book project with the title “Making Globalization Socially Sustainable”. The project is funded by the International Chamber of Commerce Research Foundation. The book will take the form of an edited volume for which nine chapters have been commissioned to leading academic experts. The papers in the volume analyze the various channels through which globalization affects jobs and wages and examine whether and how trade and employment policies should be accommodated to make globalization socially sustainable.

On line version of the study will be available for on line download

Printed copies can be ordered: pubvente@ilo.org