Opening Remarks for the Commemoration of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work

By Michiko Miyamoto, Director of ILO for Indonesia and Timor-Leste the Commemoration of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work

Statement | Jakarta, Indonesia | 28 April 2018
  • Yang terhormat Bapak Sugeng Priyanto, Direktur Jenderal Pengawasan Ketenagakerjaan dan Kesehatan dan Keselamatan Kerja (K3), Kementerian Ketenagakerjaan
  • Yang Terhormat Bapak Syarif Burhanuddin, Direktur Jenderal Bina Konstruksi, Kementrian Pekerjaan Umum dan Perumahan Rakyat
  • Yang Terhormat perwakilan dari serikat pekerja dan serikat buruh, perwakilan serikat pekerja dan Asosiasi Pengusah Indonesia (Apindo) serta perwakilan dari DK3N.
  • Yang terhormat bapak, ibu, anak-anak muda dan hadirin sekalian
Selamat pagi dan Selamat datang

Kami sangat sekali sekali bisa berkumpul disini untuk merayakan hari Keselamatan dan Kesehatan Kerja Internasional pada hari ini tangal 28 April. Acara akan berlangusng selama satu hari dan siang nanti Bapak hanif Dhakiri, Menteri Ketenagakerjaan, juga akan bergabung bersama kita.

The ILO is fast approaching its 100th year and it is not surprising to find ourselves focusing more and more on youth. It is, after all, the youth of today and tomorrow who will lead the work of the ILO over its next hundred years and it is really for them that we ask ourselves, “what is the future of work we want?”.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals make clear, the future of the world we want is for children and youth to have the opportunity to grow up safe and healthy, to have the opportunity to go to school, and when they are old enough to enter the labour force, to have the opportunity to engage in work that does them no harm and supports their health and wellbeing.

While these goals are clear, the numbers make plain the significant challenge we have set for ourselves. Globally:
  • 151.6 million children, who should be in school, are working and almost half of those children
  • 72.5 million, are engaged in hazardous work.
  • For youth who are old enough to enter the labour force, the available data shows they experience a 40 percent greater incidence of injury on the job than their adult counterparts.
The elimination of child labour is a fundamental principle and right, which all ILO member states have agreed to respect. At the same time, there are over 40 ILO conventions addressing occupational safety and health, with many member states ratifying one or more.

For nearly 100 years, the ILO has worked diligently on the issues of child labour and occupation safety and health with many significant achievements and I am pleased to announce today that the ILO flagship programmes, IPEC+ and Global Action for Prevention (OSH-GAP), will continue that important work by joining forces in a campaign under the banner “Generation – Safe & Healthy”.

The World Day for Safety and Health at Work and the World Day Against Child Labour will be part of that joint campaign, aimed at accelerating action through an integrated approach to achieve two targets of the Sustainable Development Goals:
  • Target 8.8 – to protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers by 2030.
  • Target 8.7 – to take immediate and effective measures to secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour and by 2025, end child labour in all its forms.
To reach these targets will require innovation, renewed commitment, concerted action, and importantly the engagement of young people.

Last September in Singapore, at the XXI World Congress on Occupational Safety and Health at Work, the ILO’s Youth4OSH and SafeYouth@Work projects brought together 125 youth champions from around the world, young workers and entrepreneurs, including nine youth champions from Indonesia, and spurred a global conversation on building a culture of prevention and improving workplace safety and health for young people.

We hope that you will enjoy the festival and also gain knowledge and awareness on the importance of OSH for us, our children and our future generation.

Keep our Generation Safe and Healthy!