Tripartite efforts to achieving social justice will help solve Caribbean’s pressing challenges, says ILO Director-General

Gilbert F Houngbo, Director-General of the International Labour Organization. Photo credit: ILO

A three-day meeting of Caribbean Labour Ministers, organized in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO,) will outline priorities and actions for Caribbean development.

23 May, 2023 – GEORGETOWN (ILO News) – The Director-General of the International Labour Organization, Gilbert F Houngbo, has called on Caribbean nations to prioritize social justice, to help address multiple challenges, including climate change, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the fallout from global conflicts.

Speaking at the opening of the 12th ILO Caribbean Labour Ministers’ meeting in Georgetown, Guyana, Houngbo emphasized the need to forge a Global Coalition for Social Justice to strengthen global solidarity, policy coherence and concerted action towards strong, sustainable and inclusive development.

“As Caribbean world of work leaders, you each have a vital role to play in forging a Global Coalition for Social Justice, particularly to ensure that realities from this subregion are heard and prioritized,” Houngbo said.

The three-day meeting brings together government ministers, employers’ organizations, trade unions, policymakers, experts, and stakeholders to exchange experiences, share best practices, and discuss innovative solutions.

Under the theme, “Social justice – the foundation for sustainable Caribbean transformation”, discussions will focus on job creation, labour migration, rights at work, social protection, the green economy and the actions that are needed to accelerate social justice and to drive Caribbean development.

Delegates will also examine Caribbean progress on policies for a just transition to sustainable economies, as well as ILO technical assistance for the 2024-25 biennium.

“The topics for discussion are very important and particularly relevant…It is quite clear that they set the framework for future collaboration among Ministries of Labour in the Caribbean,” said the Honourable Joseph Hamilton, Guyana’s Minister of Labour.

The meeting is expected to culminate in the adoption of an outcome document which will outline priorities for strengthening employment, productivity and resilience and the achievement of social justice through decent work.

Local media are invited to participate in an onsite press conference immediately following the closing ceremony on Thursday 25 May at 11:15 am. A post-event press release will be distributed to all media including those based outside of Guyana.

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  1. F.John-finger
    May 31, 2023

    Duh JJ…what was that, brain fart?

    You always commenting out of context boasting your obsession with U.S Republicans, foxnews or a story you were engaged on a different forum. What does Al Gore, Ronald Regan, Kerry and fox News have to do with job creation, labour migration, rights at work, social protection?
    White supremacists are gonna make sure the Mexican wanna-be-white deSantis beats Trump anyway.

    • F.John-finger
      May 31, 2023

      Meant for @ J.John-Charles
      My comment didn’t nest properly.

  2. J.John-Charles
    May 26, 2023

    The number one Mantras among world leaders and organizations are. Global warming/Climate Change and Social Justice.If there are no hurricanes this year. We are told, it is Climate Change.If there are no hurricanes, Climate change is still the cause.If we are experiencing a drought. Again
    C.C. is the reason.Once more, heavy rain, and heavy flooding.Same old man’tra Global Warming.
    The sad thing is,the promoters,don’t practice what they preach. In 2006 AL Gore gave this prediction.
    “All the east coast (U.S.) will disappear because of Global Warming.
    Soon after his prediction,he went and buy a mansion on the same sea coast
    So after 10 yrs he was on Chris Wallace show, Foxnews Sunday,and was asked to give an other date. Because his prophecy didn’t fulfill His answer was.
    ” I saw fishes swimming in the streets of Miami.
    All the big boys like John Kerry and others,they traved on their private jets.They spew more pollution in the air.Yet they are the ones shouting the…

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