President Cyril Ramaphosa Attends ILO World of Work Summit in Geneva

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived in Geneva, Switzerland to participate in the World of Work Summit. The two-day event is hosted by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and coincides with the 111th Session of the International Labour Conference (ILC).

ILO’s Mission and Summit Theme

As a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN), the ILO aims to promote social justice and decent working conditions for all individuals. The World of Work Summit bears the theme “Social Justice for All” and is convened under the leadership of ILO Director-General Gilbert Houngbo.

Objectives of the Summit

During its 347th Session in March 2023, the ILO Governing Body endorsed this high-level forum to address the urgent need for more coordinated and coherent action in support of social justice. The primary objectives of the summit are to:

  • underscore the pivotal role of social justice in fostering a more sustainable and equitable world
  • discuss strategies for increased, better-aligned joint action to advance social justice and guarantee policy coherence
  • serve as a platform for participants to share their vision and priorities for social justice and showcase the actions they are currently taking or committing to advance social justice
  • contribute to other multilateral forums regarding the importance of social justice and strategies for achieving it

South Africa’s Participation

South Africa’s participation in the summit is driven by its desire to help shape a Global Coalition for Social Justice (the Coalition) while ensuring that the interests and aspirations of developing nations are taken into account. The Coalition reflects Director-General Gilbert Houngbo’s vision for the organization amidst the myriad challenges currently facing the world, such as stagflation, climate change, poverty, unemployment, and inequalities.

Global Leaders in Attendance

Over the two days, the gathering will feature addresses by Heads of State and Government, the UN Secretary-General, the ILO Director-General, and other high-level representatives from employers’ and workers’ organizations. President Ramaphosa is joined by Minister of Employment and Labour Thulas Nxesi and senior officials during his participation at the ILO World of Work Summit.

Collaborative Effort for Social Justice

This gathering of global leaders and experts offers an invaluable opportunity to collaboratively address the pressing issues of social justice and work towards a more equitable future for all. South Africa’s participation in the summit demonstrates its commitment to shaping a more just and sustainable world.

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