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ILO Centenary Initiative

ILO to convene landmark event on “The Future of Work We Want”

Experts from around the world will gather in Geneva on 6-7 April to discuss the sweeping changes currently affecting the world of work.

Press release | 25 January 2017
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GENEVA (ILO News) – The International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva will host a major event on the future of work on April 6-7.

The Future of Work We Want: A Global Dialogue” will bring together leading thinkers across many disciplines as well as actors in the world of work.

“The future of work is not pre-determined. It is up to us to forge the kind of future we want, which is exactly the topic of our event here in Geneva”, said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder ahead of the meeting.

“This event will be an important step to better understand the sweeping changes we are witnessing and to develop effective policy responses that can shape the future of work we want – a future guided by principles of social justice,” he added.

Panellists will discuss the many drivers that are changing the nature of work: innovation and technological changes, the global economy, climate change, demography and growing inequality.

The event is part of the Future of Work Initiative launched by ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in 2013. It will therefore be structured around the Initiative’s four “centenary conversations”: work and society, decent jobs for all, the organization of work and production as well as the governance of work.

A special session will discuss the perspectives for young people. Youth themselves – including young employers and workers – will be given the opportunity to express their views on the future of work.

The event will be open to the press upon registration. ILO experts will be available to discuss topics addressed during the event. More details will be provided in the coming weeks.

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