Beyond cotton: Lessons Learned and Next Steps in Uzbekistan


About the webinar

The latest ILO report on cotton harvesting in Uzbekistan shows continued progress in the eradication of child labour and forced labour, with significant legal reforms contributing to the dismantling of a formerly centrally planned economy to a more market-driven approach.

However, there are still a number of challenges, particularly at the local level, to ensure that forced labour is eliminated and the rights of workers are protected as the economy continues to grow.

This Webinar will provide insights into the ILO and the international community’s efforts to assist Uzbekistan in developing and implementing a rights-based approach for decent work while ensuring equitable and sustainable economic growth characterised by social justice.

AGENDA

10:00 AM    OPENING AND INTRODUCTION
Mr. Tom MacKall – Senior Counsel, U.S. Council for International Business (USCIB);

10:03 AM    EXPERT PRESENTATIONS


The Impact of Reform and Collaboration on Ending Child and Forced Labour  
Mr. Jonas Astrup – Chief Technical Adviser, Eliminating Child and Forced Labour in the Cotton Sector in Uzbekistan, ILO Tashkent

ii.    Moving Forward with Transformative Policies
H.E.Erkin Mukhitdinov – First Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Republic of Uzbekistan

iii.    Getting to a Significant Advancement: The Next Critical Steps  
Ms. Leyla Strotkamp – Acting Division Chief for Asia, Middle East, and Europe, ILAB, Department of Labor

iv.    Promoting and Protecting of Human and Labour Rights in Uzbekistan
Mr. Shukrat Ganiev – Uzbekistan Civil Society Activist

v.    Evaluating Improvements and Risks for Engagement   
Mr. Nate Herman – Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)

11:00 AM    FIRST RESPONDENT     
Mr. Eric Biel – Senior Adviser, Fair Labor Association (FLA)
Ms. Allison Gill – Coordinator, Cotton Campaign

11:08 AM    Q&A FROM PARTICIPANTS    
 

11:30 AM    NEXT STEPS: WHAT CAN EACH STAKEHOLDER DO   

11:40 AM    END OF PROGRAMME