Five things you need to know about the Global Commission on the Future of Work
Why the need for a Global Commission?The world of work is experiencing a major process of change, with important transformations ranging from the development of technologies and the impact of climate change to the changing character of production and employment.
In the words of ILO Director-General, Mr Guy Ryder, at the launch, "It is fundamentally important that we confront these challenges from the conviction that the future of work is not decided for us in advance. It is a future that we must make according to the values and preferences that we choose and through policies that we design and implement."
In order to understand and to respond effectively to these new challenges, the ILO Director-General launched a "Future of Work Centenary Initiative" in 2013. A series of national and sub-regional dialogues involving some 110 countries has been held, and a major event, the "Global Dialogue on the Future of Work We Want", took place in Geneva in April 2017. The launch of the Global Commission on 21 August opens the second phase of the initiative.
What is the Global Commission's mandate?The Commission has the ambition to provide the analytical basis for the delivery of the ILO's social justice mandate in the twenty-first century by identifying the key challenges facing the world of work and making practical recommendations about how these may be addressed in the future.
The Commission will also help shape the future direction of the ILO, as recalled by the ILO’s Director-General at the launch: "The Commission will be guided by the objectives of our Organization. The vocation of the ILO is to advance social justice as the guarantee of lasting peace. We are determined that the work and output of the Commission should feed into and give strong guidance to the ILO as it enters its second century."
What is the membership of the Global Commission?The Global Commission is composed of 28 members (List of Members), all outstanding individuals, eminently equipped to contribute to its work, reflecting a balance of gender, tripartite representation, geographical regions, and representing diverse disciplines and sectors of society and the economy.
The Commission will be co-chaired by Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic of Mauritius, and Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden, and the ILO Chairperson and Vice-Chairpersons of the Governing Body are ex officio members. The Director-General will serve as the Commission's Executive Secretary.
How will the Global Commission work?The Global Commission is expected to convene four times between now and the end of 2018, with its first meeting in Geneva in late October.
For its first meeting, the Commission will be provided with background documents that reflect the technical view of the Office as well as a synthesis of Member States’ vision on the future of work. Thus far, 114 countries have participated in tripartite national dialogues.
The Commission will produce a report which will be submitted to the International Labour Conference in Geneva in June 2019.
The Commission is expected to produce recommendations and guidance to orient the actions of the ILO as well as national policies to address the future of work.
What is expected from the Global Commission?
The Commission's report will be debated at the centennial session of the International Labour Conference in 2019, as the ILO's tripartite constituents discuss how to pursue the ILO's mandate in its second century.
Future of Work Centenary Initiative: www.ilo.org/fow
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