The entire United Nations System, including the ILO, has been mobilized to contribute expert knowledge in their respective areas and deliver a comprehensive and action-oriented outcome. In the preparatory meetings that preceded the conference, the promotion of productive capacities in agriculture, manufacturing and services has emerged as the defining challenge to sustain inclusive and equitable growth and generate productive employment and decent work in the 48 LDCs – the weakest segment of the international community.
An ILO study entitled Growth, Employment and Decent Work in the Least Developed Countries has been prepared for the Conference. It reviews trends in growth, employment and decent work in LDCs, highlighting challenges and opportunities for structural transformation, job creation and poverty eradication and offers a portfolio of policy options for job creation and poverty reduction to be tailored to country needs and circumstances.
The ILO Director-General Juan Somavia will participate in several high level events organized in Istanbul. In addition, the ILO has organized a tripartite event on "Employment and Social Protection in LDCs" to present the findings of its LDC report and to discuss opportunities and challenges for governments, employers and trade unions in LDCs. Other special events involving the ILO will be held on productive capacity, gender migration and care workers, South-South cooperation as well as the promotion of sustainable tourism in LDCs. More details on those special events can be found below:
High level thematic debate
Monday 9 May, 15:00 - 18:00 (Istanbul congress centre - çamilca Hall)
Joint event with CEB's Inter-Agency Cluster on Trade and Productive Capacity
Monday 9 May, 18:15 - 20:00 (Istanbul congress centre - çamilca Hall)
Tuesday 10 May, 13:15 - 14:30 (Istanbul congress centre - çamilca Hall)
ILO Special Event
Tuesday 10 May, 13:00 - 14:30 (Istanbul congress centre - Tophane Hall)
South-South development Roundtable
Building productive capacities of LDCs through South-South, Triangular and Public-Private partnership
Wednesday 11 May, 13:00 - 15:00 (Istanbul congress centre - Beylerbeyi 2)
Wednesday 11 May, 13:00 - 15:00 (Lufti Kirdar Convention Centre - Galata Room)