First visit of ILO Director-General in a Pacific Island State

International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General, Guy Ryder. (image by UN News)

(Press release) Port Moresby (ILO News) –The Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Mr Guy Ryder, will address the tripartite delegates gathered at the High level forum on climate change and decent work  to be held in Port Moresby on 25-26 July.

It will be the first visit of an ILO Director-General in the Pacific since the founding of the organisation in 1919.

Following an official visit in Thailand from 22 to 24 July, Mr Ryder will travel to Papua New Guinea (PNG) to attend the Pacific high-level forum on climate change and decent work. The forum, co-organized by the ILO and the PNG Ministry of labour will discuss climate action and the future of work in the Pacific, and how to ensure a just transition to an environmentally sustainable world of work. It will address the following topics:

  • Future of Work for Climate Resilience
  • Labour Mobility in Pacific Island Countries
  • Opportunities and challenges of digitalization for decent work.

On the sidelines of the forum, the Cook Islands and Kiribati will sign Decent Work Country Programmes and Fiji will release a commemorative stamp for the centenary of the ILO. 

During his visit Mr Ryder will hold talks with the Acting Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea Hon. Davies Steven, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Soroi Eoe and Minister for Labour and Industrial Relations, Hon. Alfred Manase, as well as other senior government officials. He will also meet Labour Ministers from Cook Islands, Fiji, Kirabati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Tonga and representatives of workers’ and employers’ organizations from Pacific Islands Countries (PICs).

The Director-General will also engage with students from University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) during an interactive dialogue session on Climate change and Decent work for youth. The dialogue will be moderated by UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Giancula Rampolla.

Mr Ryder’s trip to the Pacific follows an official visit to Thailand where he will meet with the Prime Minister, the Minister of Labour and social partners.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is the United Nations agency for the world of work. Devoted to advancing social justice, it promotes a Decent Work Agenda based on four strategic pillars: rights at work, decent employment opportunities, social protection and social dialogue.

It is the only public international organisation which is tripartite, where workers and employers enjoy equal rights with governments in representation and decision making. Together they set labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes upholding decent and productive work, in conditions of freedom, equity, security and dignity for all.

Created in 1919 as part of the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I, the ILO became the first specialized agency of the UN in 1946. It received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1969 and today is recognized as the world’s authority on the world of work, offering over 100 years of knowledge, experience and achievements. For more information please contact Mr Peter Blumel [email protected] 
ILO Office for Pacific Island Countries
Ms Laetitia Dard

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

error

Find out more about Directions Samoa.