World Day of Social Justice 2021

A Call for Social Justice in the Digital Economy

Join the online commemoration event organized by the Permanent Mission of the Kyrgyz Republic to the UN in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO).

The Permanent Mission of the Kyrgyz Republic to the UN and the International Labour Organization (ILO) will organize a virtual event to commemorate the 2021 World Day of Social Justice on the theme, "A Call for Social Justice in the Digital Economy."

Over the past decade, expansion in broadband connectivity, cloud computing, and data have led to the proliferation of digital platforms, which have penetrated a number of sectors of the economy and societies. Since early 2020, the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic have led to remote working arrangements and allowed for the continuation of many business activities, further reinforcing the growth and impact of the digital economy.

This event will foster dialogue on actions needed to overcome the digital divide, provide decent work opportunities and protect labour rights in the modern era of digital technologies. The event will also present the findings of the latest ILO flagship report, "World Employment and Social Outlook 2021: The role of digital labour platforms in transitioning the world of work."


  • Chair: H.E. Mrs. Mirgul Moldoisaeva, Permanent Representative of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United Nations
  • H.E. Mr. Kanybek Adiev, State Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Social Development, Kyrgyz Republic
  • Mr. Guy Ryder, Director General, ILO
  • H.E. Mr. Munir Akram, President of ECOSOC and Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations
  • H.E. Mr. Björn Olof Skoog, Ambassador, Head of the Delegation of the European Union
  • Ms. Martha Newton, Deputy Director-General for Policy, ILO
  • Ms. Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
  • Mr. Roberto Suárez Santos, Secretary-General, International Organisation of Employers (IOE)
  • Mr. Craig Mokhiber, Director of the New York Office, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
  • Dr. Kelle Howson, Postdoctoral Researcher, Fairwork Foundation, Oxford Institute, University of Oxford
  • Moderator: Ms. Beate Andrees, Special Representative to the UN and Director, ILO Office for the United Nations

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