UNGA74: A Global Mandate to End Violence and Harassment in the World of Work: ILO Convention (No.190) and Recommendation (No.206)

To promote and celebrate the adoption of the ILO Convention and Recommendation on the elimination of violence and harassment in the world of work, the ILO Office for the United Nations will host the event “A Global Mandate to End Violence and Harassment in the World of Work: ILO Convention (No.190) and Recommendation (No.206)” on September 25th from 8:15-9:45 am.

The high-level breakfast meeting will be an opportunity to discuss the first ever international labour standard on violence and harassment in the world of work. The dialogue will include representatives from governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations, the private sector, foundations, NGOs, civil society, and academia, to highlight the powerful messages of the instruments and to encourage countries to take steps towards ratification. Convention No. 190, accompanied by its Recommendation No. 206, provide a clear framework for action and an opportunity to shape a future of work based on dignity and respect, free from violence and harassment. They are now open for ratification by ILO member States.

The programme will include an opening segment, a keynote address, three panels – Momentum towards Ratification, Perspective from Social Partners, Partnering to End Violence and Harassment in the World of Work— and an opportunity for an open dialogue. The panels will be moderated by Ms. Manuela Tomei, Director, Conditions of Work and Equality Department of the ILO. The handover of petition signatures from citizens around the world in support of the Convention from our partners at Global Citizen will close the event.


  • H.E. Mr. Tjekero Tweya, Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development of the Republic of Namibia
  • H.E. Ms. Yolanda Valdeolivas García, Secretary of State for Employment of Spain
  • Mr. Guy Ryder, Director General, International Labour Organization
  • Mr. Roberto Suarez Santos, Secretary-General, International Organisation of Employers
  • Ms. Rose Omamo, General Secretary, Amalgamated Union of Kenya Metalworkers
  • Ms. Kelly Kroger, Chief Executive Officer, C&A Mexico
  • Ms. Lise Kingo, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact
  • Ms. Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International
  • Ms. Kavita N. Ramdas, Director, Women’s Rights Program, Open Society Foundations
  • Mr. Michael Sheldrick, Vice President, Global Policy & Government Affairs, Global Citizen 

Media advisory: https://trello.com/c/Klb5BlIj

For more information, contact Ms. Jessica Pak, pak@ilo.org.