Report on Progress and Outcomes on the Monitoring and Measurement of Decent Work - 19th International Conference of Labour Statisticians

The concept of ‘decent work’ was first introduced by the former Director-General of the ILO, Juan Somavía, in his first report to the International Labour Conference in 1999. Since the launch of the Decent Work Agenda in 1999, there has been much debate on how it can be measured in practice, since decent work is a wide ranging concept with both quantitative and qualitative components. The concepts of decent work were quickly taken on by other UN agencies as well as by other regional organizations as integral parts of a broader global development agenda focusing on a fairer globalization. The 2004 World Commission Report on the Social Dimension of Globalization identified decent work as a crucial element of efforts to assess the social effects of the global open market system. In June 2008, the International Labour Conference adopted the Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization, which supported national assessments of progress towards decent work. The ILC adopted a Resolution on strengthening the ILO’s capacity to assist its Members’ efforts to reach its objectives in the context of globalization.

The concept of ‘decent work’ was first introduced by the former Director-General of the ILO, Juan Somavía, in his first report to the International Labour Conference in 1999. Since the launch of the Decent Work Agenda in 1999, there has been much debate on how it can be measured in practice, since decent work is a wide ranging concept with both quantitative and qualitative components. The concepts of decent work were quickly taken on by other UN agencies as well as by other regional organizations as integral parts of a broader global development agenda focusing on a fairer globalization. The 2004 World Commission Report on the Social Dimension of Globalization identified decent work as a crucial element of efforts to assess the social effects of the global open market system. In June 2008, the International Labour Conference adopted the Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization, which supported national assessments of progress towards decent work. The ILC adopted a Resolution on strengthening the ILO’s capacity to assist its Members’ efforts to reach its objectives in the context of globalization.