The Future of Work: Participatory democracy in the making

A three part conference series set to take place from 1-3 October 2019, within the context of the Canton of Geneva's Democracy Week and the ILO Centenary.

As part of the celebrations for its centenary, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) is partnering with the University of Geneva, with the support of the Republic and Canton of Geneva as part of its support to the ILO centenary, to present a dynamic series of conferences on the Future of Work: Participatory Democracy in the Making


Day 1: 1 October 2019, 18:15-20:30 

Living wage, fragmentation of societies and social cohesion   

Welcome message: Deborah Greenfield, Deputy Director-General for Policy, International Labour Organization (ILO); Yves Flückiger, Rector University of Geneva and Pierre Maudet, Counsillor of State, Republic and Canton of Geneva
Keynote speaker: Bernard Gazier, Emeritus Professor Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne and member of the Academic Institute of France (IUF)

Discussants: Giovanni Ferro-Luzzi, Associate professor, Geneva School of Economics and Management, University of Geneva; Jean Rossiaud, Economist, Co-Director of the World Democratic Forum, Deputy Grand Council of Geneva (Les Verts); Blaise Matthey, Director General of the Fédération des entreprises romandes (FER), Alessandro Pelizzari, Regional Secretary, Unia Geneva  
Facilitator: Claire Harasty, Special Advisor to the Deputy Director-General for Policy, ILO
Conference to be followed by a reception 

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Day 2: 2 October 2019, 18:15-20:30

Social protection, social rights and the digital age

Keynote speakerAlfredo Pastor, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Economics at the IESE Business School - University of Navarra and Former Spain’s Secretary of State for Economics

Discussants:Prof. Xavier Oberson, University of Geneva; Alain Martin, Reformed Evangelical Church of the Canton of Vaud (EERV); Christina Behrendt, Head of the Social Policy Unit at the ILO,  Christina J. Colclough, Director of Platform and Agency Workers, Digitalisation and Trade UNI Global Union, Marco Taddei, Head of International Employer Policy, Union Patronale Suisse
Facilitator: Prof. Jean-Michel Bonvin, Université de Genève

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Day 3: 3 October 2019, 18:15-20:30

Social justice and environmental justice

Keynote speaker: Ian Gough, Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at the University of Bath and Visiting Professor at the Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) and at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change – London School of Economics (LSE)
Discussants : Jean Laville, Swiss Sustainable Finance; Prof. Jérémy Luchetti, Université de Genève; Dr. Moustapha Kamal Gueye, Coordinator of the Green Jobs Program at the ILO; David Boys, Deputy General Secretary, Public Service International (PSI)
Facilitator: Marlyne Sahakian, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Geneva

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*All sessions will take place in French and English. No Translation will be provided. 

Event undertaken in partnership with the University of Geneva, including financial support from the general funds of the Faculty of Socials Sciences, and the Republic and Canton of Geneva.