ILO calls for action on social protection and employment at UN General Assembly

GENEVA (ILO News) – The ILO is taking part in a series of events during the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), which opened on 14 September in New York.

The theme for this year’s UNGA is “Building Resilience through Hope – Recovering from COVID-19, Building Back Sustainably, Meeting the Planet’s Needs, Respecting People’s Rights and Revitalizing the United Nations”.

On 22 September, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder will participate in a side event in the Sustainable Development Goals action area on social protection and employment. Against the backdrop of growing inequalities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ryder will discuss how changes in working conditions and social protection can be achieved and the path out of the crisis that must be followed.

On September 28, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, together with the International Labor Organization, under the umbrella of the Financing for Development in the Age of COVID-19 and Beyond (FfDI) Initiative ), will convene a meeting of Heads of State and Government on employment and social protection for the eradication of poverty.

The high-level meeting is part of the Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond (FfDI) Initiative, launched in May 2020 by the Secretary-General in collaboration with the Prime Minister Jamaican to respond to the socio-economic crisis caused by the pandemic.

Ryder will also be participating in the following side events at UNGA:

Joel C. Hicks