Barbados to host XX Inter-American conference of ministers of labour
The Organization of American States (OAS) and the government of Barbados on Thursday signed an agreement on the holding of the XX Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labour (IACML) that will take place in Bridgetown on December 7 and 8, 2017.
At the signing ceremony, the permanent representative of Barbados to the OAS, Selwin Hart, explained that the theme his government has proposed for the conference is: “Building on our achievements and advancing towards social justice, decent work and sustainable development in the Americas.”
The topics to be addressed at the meeting include: better coordination between education, training and labor; the implementation of Goal 8 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; and the issue of gender equality and ensuring labor rights and opportunities for vulnerable populations.
For his part, OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro highlighted that currently more than 25 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean are unemployed, and over 130 million people work in the informal economy.
“This means they have insecure and precarious jobs, which impedes their ability to build sustainable livelihoods,” he said.
The OAS leader added that despite the challenges, “willingness to cooperate and to find common solutions is unquestionable; which makes the issues to be addressed at this upcoming ministerial all the more important.”