ILO 100: PM Solberg Visited Geneva

Ryder and Solberg

On 10 June 2019 Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg visited Geneva to participate in the High Level Opening of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Centenary celebrations.

In 1919, Norway was one of the founding members when ILO was established. Notably, the organisation was a true pioneer in setting workers’ rights on the international agenda. A hundred years later Norway remains a strong supporter of the ILO and the multilateral system, and Norway’s Prime Minister Solberg came to Geneva to take part in the Centenary Conference to celebrate what the organisation has achieved.

The Centenary Conference was attended by over 6000 delegates, representing Governments, including world leaders, workers and employers from around the world.

Norway Prime Minister Solberg said she hoped Norway’s experience of social dialogue and tripartism and the ‘Nordic model’ could serve as an inspiration to others for inclusive economic growth. The Prime Minister added, that for Norway, ILO’s role is important in achieving the SDGs, and also as we now scale up our efforts against modern slavery and join the Alliance 8.7.

During the visit, the Prime Minister launched the new report “Getting and staying together: 100 years of social dialogue and tripartism in Norway”, which examines the role of tripartism and social dialogue in Norway. It addresses the emergence of tripartite cooperation and the institutions facilitating such cooperation, the outcomes of tripartism and how tripartite cooperation can help Norway face the challenges of the changing world of work. Read the full report here.

The Prime Minister’s speech is posted here (hyperlenke til Statements/ILC…). You can also watch the Prime Minister’s speech in full here: ILO – Kingdom of Norway Intervention

The Centenary Conference ended with the adoption of a Convention to combat violence and harassment in the world of work, as well as a Declaration charting the way towards a human-centred future of work. (ILO)