111th Session of the International Labour Conference
The International Labour Organization holds its 111th annual Conference in Geneva from 5–16 June 2023. Worker, employer and government delegates from the ILO's 187 Member States address a wide range of issues, including: a just transition towards sustainable and inclusive economies, quality apprenticeships, and labour protection.
The Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Gilbert F. Houngbo, stressed the need to “systematically integrate the social agenda into all major international, regional and national” policies and actions to fight growing economic disparities, as he addressed the opening of the 111th session of the International Labour Conference. To position social justice as the keystone of the global recovery and ensure that the future is human-centred, the Director-General stressed the need to launch a Global Coalition that will bring together a broad range of international bodies and stakeholders.
The Global Coalition for Social Justice would aim to, “balance environmental, economic and social considerations in the global conversation, including in the reform of the international financial architecture” and “advocate policy coherence and investment in social protection and decent work,” Houngbo said.
The conference, which brings together worker, employer and government delegates from the ILO's 187 Member States, fully face-to face for the first time since 2019, will run until 16 June. Delegates will address a wide range of issues that have a long-term impact on the world of work. The agenda includes:
- A second standard-setting discussion on quality apprenticeships .
- A recurrent discussion on the strategic objective of social protection (labour protection).
- A general discussion on achieving a just transition towards environmentally sustainable economies and societies for all, including consideration of industrial policies and technology.
- A proposed Convention and Recommendation concerning the partial revision of 15 international labour instruments, following the inclusion of a safe and healthy working environment in the ILO’s framework of fundamental principles and rights at work.
- Achieving equality between women and men at work, which is the focus of the General Survey of the Committee on the Application of Standards.
A World of Work Summit will take place on 14 and 15 June, with the theme of “Social Justice for All”. The Summit will include addresses and panel discussions that will bring together Heads of State and Government, the ILO Director-General, and high-level representatives from the United Nations, other international organizations, and employers’ and workers’ organizations.
The first day of the Conference saw Ali Bin Samikh Al-Marri, Minister of Labour of Qatar, elected President of the Conference, which will run from 5–16 June. The Conference also elected as Vice-Presidents Corina Ajder (Governments), State Secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Moldova, Henrik Munthe (Employers) from Norway and Zahoor Awan (Workers) from Pakistan.