x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

UAE sends delegation to labour forum

The Minister of Labour, Saqr Ghobash, led the delegation to the International Labour Organisation annual conference held in Geneva.

ABU DHABI // The UAE is sending a high-level delegation headed by Saqr Ghobash, the Minister of Labour, to the International Labour Organisation annual conference in Geneva.

This year's conference, which runs until June 20, will debate three reports prepared by the ILO: jobs in the enduring global economic crisis; green jobs and sustainable development; and employment and job protection for ageing populations.

The conference will also look at progress on an ILO call from 2008 for social justice for fair globalisation.

Mr Ghobash, who will meet Guy Ryder, the director general of the ILO, will be accompanied by a UAE delegation, which includes Mubarak Saeed Al Dhaheri, the undersecretary of the Ministry of Labour, Humaid bin Dimas Al Suwaidi, the assistant undersecretary for Labour Affairs, officials from the Ministry of Labour, Chambers of Commerce and Industry and others from labour-related associations.

Leaders from several of the ILO's 189 member countries are expected to be at the conference.

The UAE joined the ILO in 2011. The organisation seeks to promote social justice and internationally recognised human and labour rights.

Established in 1919, the ILO organises this conference in Geneva every June in an effort to promote global labour standards.

jbell@thenational.ae