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High level visit: Mr António GUTERRES, Secretary-General of the United Nation (ENG)

Speaker [00:00:04] Monsieur Zack LBJ like LBJ that went under the haze session of the International Labor Conference. Mr. Guy Ryder and my dear friend director general Gail ILO Your Excellencies delegates and friends you come together at this century International Labor Conference during a time of profound turbulence and tests globalization and the Fourth Industrial Revolution are delivering immense opportunities and daunting challenges tremendous economic gains at the global level have not been shared equally among or within countries and those on the margins of our societies are paying the highest price. So is our planet more than ever we need global responses to global challenges. Yet more than ever multilateralism is under fire. Our problems are becoming more complex yet our responses are becoming more fragmented. And everywhere we see deficits of trusts and the surplus of fear mongering you could call it an age of these illusion. And the most effective way to rebuild trust is by listening. And by delivering the International Labor Organization plays a central role for the simple reasons. Your agenda is at the center of people's concerns the dignity of decent work a fair globalization social justice for everyone everywhere. Taking on such large and sweeping challenges is familiar territory for the ILO. It is part of your DNA and it is the reason the centenary International Labor Conference as hosted those kinds of heads of state and government over the last few days. Indeed you have brought together one of the largest U.N. gatherings of world leaders outside of the opening of the General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York. And these is not only a testament to the relevance of your mandate. It is an affirmation of the power of multilateralism that you represents. As Director General Ryder said last week this is a conference of confidence confidence in the capacities of the ILO and confidence to and they quote construct a future of work with social justice for all.

Speaker [00:02:46] I thank you for that. You are carrying forward the torch that was lead to another two years ago to help build a new worlds a world based on social justice founded on a model of inclusion with governments workers and employers at the decision making table together from day one. The ILO has been a trailblazer starting with that unique tripartite structure. In your first decade alone Diallo established labour standards on a range of issues including working hours women's rights safety and also on the job protections against child labour and forced labour and safeguarding the rights of indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities. Many of these were topics were rarely addressed in the corridors of power yet they ILO fought the heads we its constitution reminding the world that and I quote universal and lasting peace can be established only if it based upon social justice. In 1944 the declaration of Philadelphia reinvigorated your mandate for the challenges of the post Second World War. The reformed constitution captured the mood of old times. Labour is not a commodity it stressed poverty everywhere constitutes a danger to prosperity everywhere. It boldly told the world and these principles represent the first instance of an international organization making the link between human rights and development and paving the way for the adoption in 1948 of the landmark Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Decades later the ILO was among the first to raise warning flags about the negative effects of globalisation. So the 2004 report of the world's commission on the social dimension of globalisation and this far reaching call for building a fairer globalisation drew attention to the principle of decent work which underscored the importance of the quality of work not just the quantity. That principle is now well-established in the policymaking get in that even.

Speaker [00:05:04] Sectors beyond those related to employment e.g. E T's interwoven through the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and at the heart of development itself. And it is integral to our shared reform of the U.N. development system which is fundamentally about delivering on the 2030 Agenda for people. That means making sure the sum of all efforts is greater than the parts. Through coordinated results live an action on the ground. And thus we do so we will continue to ensure that all mandates are fulfilled with full accountability to your governing body and to our collective commitment to advance the Sustainable Development Goals. Put simply for the ILO the reform we are leading means recognizing the unique nature of your tripartite governance model and ensuring people everywhere that they take full profit of your unique specialized expertise. I thank you for your support. The world needs a stronger U.N. development system and the U.N. development system needs a vibrant ILO as a critical member of its family. Excellencies ladies and gentlemen this conference the ILO embarks on a new chapter. You are not just celebrating a sensibility you are building upon a legacy of achievements guided by the age old vision of social justice through social dialogue and international cooperation. I congratulate you on adopting a convention on violence and harassment in the world of work. And of course the ILO centenary declaration you will adopt later today marks an historic opportunity to open a door to a brighter future for people around the world. The declaration is ambitious setting out the basis for delivering gales zone mandates in its second century but the centenary declaration is much more than a statement of wishes or intents. It proposes a shift in the paradigm of how we look at developments the well-being of people must be at the center of economic and social policies and we must devote special attention to those who have been left furthest behind including persons of visit with disabilities indigenous peoples older persons women and young people in vulnerable situations.

Speaker [00:07:36] The guiding principle in all our work is the promotion of human dignity and decent work is synonymous to a life of dignity. The declaration also highlights the interlinked nature of our challenges. We cannot have a more equitable future of work without sustainability and we cannot have a sustainable future for the world of work without an urgent and definitive response to climate change. Addressing the climate emergency is indeed the defining issue of our time. Climate action could create millions of sustainable jobs green business has proven to be good business but climate change is moving faster than we are. And we are risking a future with increased instability inequality and poverty and that is why I am convening a climate summit this September in New York. We need to inject momentum into transforming our political and economic systems and meeting the targets of the Paris climate accords and the Sustainable Development Goals and the declaration will help us to do that. Focusing minds and keeping up the pressure. Excellencies ladies and gentlemen our world is in a period of unprecedented change encompassing climate demography technology society and so much else. The world of work is profoundly affected by these factors. Those changes also offer exciting opportunities but they generate fear and anxiety and the feeling of instability. And they welcome the recommendations of the ILO's global commission of the future of work which fits seamlessly with the findings of my own high level panel on digital cooperation. As we look ahead we know new technologies especially artificial intelligence will inevitably lead to a massive destruction of jobs and the massive creation of new jobs. It is difficult to now foresee all these impacts but it is clear that the future will require a range of new and different skills more profoundly the concept of work itself is evolving.

Speaker [00:09:50] There will need to be a new balance in the relationship between work leisure and other activities and we are not yet prepared for that. We need a massive investment in education but also a different sort. Education and education are rooted in not just learning things but learning how to learn. And then education that accompanies people through the years to ensure life long learning in an effective way. And we need a new generation of social protection for people. And we will need to mobilize governments and all actors like never before classical forms of decision making will not often apply to a new generation of challenges that are moving at warp speed analog policymaking won't work in a digital world. As the pace of change it increases we must reimagine mechanisms for cooperation and governance involving the private sector the civil society and growing in others with expertise and the role of the partners of ILO is any central one. It is here once again that even when under the orders on the ILO remains ahead of its time bringing employers and workers into the decision making process shifts the me on a secular limit. My dear friends the world has changed fundamentally over the last hundred years. But the basic needs of people have remained the same. The thirst for social justice is greater than ever and more than ever. Do we need the International Labour Organization. We can give new life to the social contract and strengthen social justice. We can defeat the people's disenchantment with more mobilisation and optimism. A programme centred on the human being can contribute to restoring trust reducing inequality assure gender equality and repair the failures that we've seen in social and economic policy recently. That is why the centenary declaration is so decisive.

Speaker [00:12:06] It doesn't just represent a milestone however important it may be in the important in the remarkable career of the ILO. It sets out to do a route determining the future of the next century. With that we can approach the realisation of the 2030 objectives and construct a sustainable future for all. Yes this is an ambitious declaration but. Fixing ambitious objectives and detaining them is a part of the history of the ILO. Thanks to your efforts. And that will be its future too. Thank you very much. Let me see. I get it. Thank you Secretary-General for your intervention. You very rightly highlighted the central role of multilateralism but also that of tripartite social dialogue as we know it in the ILO to create to recreate trust in the world of today and tomorrow. You also showed how important it is to keep listening to each other. And to be confident that the results we achieve here will be respectful of human dignity. Will. Transform into reality the objectives of decent work and social justice which are at the center of the mandate of the ILO. You highlighted the fact that all these activities and commitments. Part of the DNA of the International Labour Organization. But you also made it clear that the fact that the International Labor Organization includes not only governments but also the social partners who are the central partners to that we need to implement our objectives here. You looked over the past of our institution. You set out the challenges facing us today and tomorrow around the fundamental values of the ILO. You also noted that the significant contribution of the ILO to the. Sustainable Development Goals is present and you encouraged us to translate into action. The commitments into which we end here.

Speaker [00:14:49] So I would like to thank you very much for your message. Mr. Secretary General as you know the ILO along with the United Nations is committed to fighting against any any kind of injustice in the world of work and beyond. In particular to make the development goals reality by 2030. This is a part of a shared project for peace and prosperity for the people of our world today and tomorrow. It's something that fits together perfectly with the ideals of our organization is a pleasure for me and an honor Mr. Secretary-General to thank you on behalf of my colleagues from the Bureau but also on behalf of all of the delegates taking part in this 108 session of the International Labor Conference and to thank you very warmly for honoring us with your presence at our assembly today. Thank you very much. Middlemen who demand the gullible please remain in your seats and remain quiet to allow the secretary general to leave the room. And afterwards we will immediately restart our work.