The 106th International Labour Conference: Building a future with decent work

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International Labour Organization

From 5 until 16 June 2017, the International Labour Organization (ILO) holds its 106th annual conference (ILC) in Geneva. This year's session brings together over 4,000 delegates from around the globe to discuss the most pressing issues facing the world of work today.

The theme of the Director General’s report to the conference is the “Work in a changing climate: The Green Initiative”. The Green Initiative is one of the organization’s centenary initiatives to mark its 100th anniversary in 2019, and was launched to give practical application to the decent work dimension of the transition to a low-carbon, sustainable development path.

Norwegian Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Ms. Anniken Hauglie will participate in the ILC on 6 and 7 June 2017. She will deliver a statement addressing the report of the Director General on the “Green Initiative».

On 7 June, Norway will convene an information session titled “Tripartism: Part of the same future”. This event will present the Norwegian experience in using social dialogue and tripartism to achieve better social and economic outcomes. Speakers are Mr. Guy Ryder, ILO’s Director General,Ms. Anniken Hauglie, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Ms. Kristin Skogen Lund, Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise and Mr. Hans-Christian Gabrielsen, Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions.

The conference will commemorate the International Day Against Child Labour on 12 June. This year’s theme is “In conflicts and disasters, protect children from child labour”.  On Thursday 15 June 2017, the World of Work Summit will be dedicated to the theme of Women at Work.

This year the Conference will adopt the Programme and Budget for the biennium 2018-19. The Finance Committee will examine this issue, before it is put to a vote by the plenary. The proposed budget is based on zero real growth, and was discussed by the Governing Body of the ILO in March this year. Norway supports the proposed Programme and Budget.

In addition, The Standing Committee of Application of Standards (CAS) will consider a total of 24 country cases selected by the social partners. These cases concern grave violations of ILO conventions.

Three technical committees will be discussing different topics during the ILC:

The committee for labour migration will address effective labour migration governance at the national, bilateral, regional and interregional levels, and fair recruitment. The work of the committee is timely, in light of the rapidly changing nature of work, widening economic and demographic disparities, and the need for skills and jobs matching to meet labour market needs. It will also be valuable with regard to the process of the UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

The committee on employment and decent work for the transition to peace is working to update the ILO recommendation no. 71. Employment and decent work in fragile and crisis-affected situations is as important today is it was at the time of its adoption in 1944. The recurring and changing nature of conflicts and disasters makes a more comprehensive and updated normative instrument needed.  Ms. Lena Hasle from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will chair this committee.

The committee for Fundamental Principles and Right at Work (FPRW) will have a recurrent discussion, under the follow-up to the ILO Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization, 2008. The FPRW cover four areas of concern, namely the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining, the effective abolition of all forms of forced or compulsory labour, the elimination of child labour, and the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation. These principles are embodied in the 1998 Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. 

Read more about the work of the committees here.

The Norwegian delegation to the conference is represented in the committees by members from all three constituents: government, employers and workers. Statements given on behalf of the Government of Norway will be published on our website. Norway has a seat in the ILO Governing Body from 2014 until 2017, and consequently attaches particular importance to work of the ILO during this period. During this ILC, the conference will elect the new members of the Governing Body for the following term.

More information on the ILC is found here.