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Costa Rica H.E. Mr Marvin RODRÍGUEZ CORDERO, Vice-President

Speaker [00:00:05] Me them which I will still. It's a great pleasure for me to greet madam president of the 100 8th International Labor Conference. The ministers of labor.

Speaker [00:00:22] The director general.

Speaker [00:00:28] Government representatives employers workers. On behalf of the government of the Republic of Costa Rica. And the president catalogues. Oh but I will Ghazala. We are delighted at the centenary of this organization which since its origins and in a strategic way. Recall reminds us that there can be no step forward together if there is not universal justice. Since it was created the International Labor Organization. Has been characterized by two concerns which today characterized the age we live in the first. How can we improve living conditions and the well-being of working people. Secondly. How can we set up mechanisms to reduce conflict and to set joint goals for the development of our states and of social justice throughout the world. The culture of social dialogue and tri partisan has been developed here. And they are one of the most relevant inventions for peace for peaceful labor relations and democratic development of states. The contributions of the ILO. To improve working conditions globally on numerous. That's why we defend its multilateral character. And seek to bolster it and seek to support its work. Through adherence to the basic principles of the way the International Labour Organization works. Our country has benefited significantly. Proof of this is that many of the policies and instruments which support the architecture of well-being and social protection in Costa Rica.

Speaker [00:02:54] Based. On a participative system. Based on negotiation and the tripartite system of government employer and workers now this pact and the. This society. Is characterized by this.

Speaker [00:03:20] It's made possible to achieve higher levels of development. Nonetheless. We face new challenges in today's world. On a great scale we're all called upon to work together both within our country's.

Speaker [00:03:44] And to become involved in multilateralism we see how changes to technology introduction of robots and artificial intelligence. Inter alia are coming about at a breakneck speed creating opportunities and challenges.

Speaker [00:04:05] Affecting production and the balance in society. The world of. And in the world of labor.

Speaker [00:04:14] Now to correspond to this new paradigm. We need to design and develop comprehensive policies focused on the human being and his or her dignity. Which build on the fundamental value of work and the needs of humans in general.

Speaker [00:04:38] We need to think about creating employment opportunities and decent work and opportunities so that we can carry on in achieving the sustainable development goals eradicating poverty and reducing inequality. Agenda 2030 requires from us strategic improvements and solutions now finding a balance between the three pillars of sustainable development. Economic growth with social inclusion and with environmental sustainability. Goals which have it has not been easy to harmonize. This is the great challenge facing humanity. It's essential. That the long history of this organization help us find just how to attain these goals in all areas whether it be that among entrepreneurs. And in devising the right policies so that we can construct.

Speaker [00:05:46] Dialogue. And the negotiation which acknowledges their respective needs and perspectives.

Speaker [00:05:57] Where that social dialogue is crucial to move for these changes we need on the labor market. The tripartite superior works council in Costa Rica agreed unanimously to implement a program of decent work 2019 to 2023. As part of the of the ILO technical assistance. Now this is based on four axes of action social protection employment complying with international labor standards and social dialogue. In the next four years we hope to improve working conditions and to facilitate the employability of vulnerable groups. We're currently trying to bolster the national employment system. By integrating. In one platform all the employment systems of the country to increase the efficiency of labor integration and improve protection of quality employment in the current context. Knowledge management. And education is a public good. Essential to strengthen human capital. That is why the administration of President Carlos overrides I cassava. Has proposed expansion of preschool coverage to 89 percent increasing the number of age schools. Universal's teaching of English and promoting. A digital environment. For education through the educational network. Similarly. As a result of public and play of it activity the government is increasing national framework. For quantification and professional training which will allow us. To harmonize and knowledge qualifications and credentials. Of people who opt for a technical type training. This will facilitate the process of recruitment for enterprises. And will simplify the transition for people who have recently left school when they enter the world of work. I'd like also. To highlight the fact that in order to comply with international labor standards.

Speaker [00:08:54] The Government is committed to implement.

Speaker [00:09:00] To implement convention 1 5 6 on family responsibilities which has been recently ratified. Implementing this standard is crucial. If we are to integrate Costa Rican women on the labor market. In order to contribute to harmonizing family and professional life to gain the greatest possible from technological change and reduce the environmental footprint. So we're working. In regulatory frameworks to try and come up with alternatives in the way we work such as distance working both in the public and private sector. Acknowledging the significant contribution of our social economy in solidarity. We. Aim to provide services. Where Hitherto it has not been provided. Not government. Is managing the building of the first social policy based on solidarity which n intends to improve the services offered. To cooperatives and similar promote decent work and have an impact on the local development linked to these productive units. And this context the Government acknowledges the long history of cooperation and cooperative work and the construction of trade unionism and other forms of association to try and find National Integrated Solutions. Finally. We noticed recently. And to welcome the new standard introduced by the ILO which is to be adopted during this conference. Relating to violence and harassment at work. We have to be categorical in this. In rejecting. Any behavior or conduct or practice related to violence or harassment at the workplace. In my country with the entry into force of the law changing criminal changing court proceedings in my country. We're trying to establish a legislative framework to overcome all forms of discrimination.

Speaker [00:11:53] And.

Speaker [00:11:56] Compensation for the victims. Finally I'd like to point out that the goals for the future of work. Our best addressed by a new social pact which take into account the aspirations of all sectors of society and the economy. All productive parts of the economy in particularly the most vulnerable parts of the population for whom the promise of social justice peaceful trade union relations. Still but an aspiration not reality. We want to make possible creations conditions so that all of us. Can live in due dignity and all reach our highest potential.

Speaker [00:12:53] Thank you very much for your attention.