ECOSOC High-level Segment

“Creating an environment at the national and international levels conducive to generating full and productive employment and decent work for all, and its impact on sustainable development”

3 July – 5 July 2006
Geneva

Statements

Statements are also available in original language and in English on the webcast

Monday 3 July a.m. session

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.

Opening of the High-Level Segment (Salle XIX)

 

Opening address:

Address:

9:45 – 11:00 a.m.

Keynote addresses on the theme “Working out of Poverty”

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

High-Level Policy Dialogue on current developments in the world economy and international economic cooperation

Policy Dialogue:

Interactive dialogue with the Members of the ECOSOC

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Informal Ministerial Roundtable on Annual Ministerial Reviews  

  • H.E. Mr. Ali Hachani, President of ECOSOC (Chair)
  • Mr. José Antonio Ocampo, Under-Secretary-General, UNDESA (Moderator)
  • Mrs. Mia A. Mottley, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Affairs and Development, Barbados
  • Mr. Keat Chhon Minister of Finance and Economy , Cambodia
  • Mr. Mekonnen Manyazewal, State Minister for Finance and Economic Development, Ethiopia
  • Mr. Richard Manning, Chair, OECD/DAC
  • Mr. Kim Hak-Su Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of UNESCAP
  • Dr. Ian Goldin, Vice President, World Bank
  • Mr. Bruce Jenks, Assistant Secretary-General and Director, Bureau for Resources and Strategic Partnerships, UNDP

The roundtable was held in the form of an interactive dialogue. No statements where given. Click here for a summary

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Informal Ministerial Roundtable on the Development Cooperation Forum  

  • H.E. Mr. Ali Hachani, President of ECOSOC (Chair)
  • Mr. Richard Manning, Chair, OECD/DAC (Moderator)
  • H.E. Ms. Suhair Al-Ali, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Jordan
  • H.E. Ms. Yolanda Mayora de Gavidia, Minister of Economy, El Salvador
  • Mr. Walter Fust, Director-General, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
  • Mr. José Antonio Ocampo, Under-Secretary-General, UNDESA
  • Mr. Bruce Jenks, Assistant Secretary-General and Director, Bureau for Resources and Strategic Partnerships, UNDP
  • Ms. Annika Söder, State Secretary for Development Cooperation, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sweden (Lead discussant)  

The roundtable was held in the form of an interactive dialogue. No statements where given. Click here for a summary

Tuesday 4 July a.m./p.m. sessions

9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. General debate on the theme of the High-Level Segment (Salle XIX)
12:00 – 1:15 p.m.

“Promoting decent work in an era of globalization”, Co-organized by the European Commission in cooperation with the Finnish Presidency of the European Union (Salle XXVI)

2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Dialogue with the Secretary General's High Level Panel on United Nations System Wide Coherence (Salle XIX)

4:30 – 6:00 p.m. General debate continued on the theme of the High Level Segment (Salle XIX)
 

Statement by Mr. José Antonio Ocampo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs at the High-Level Segment of the Economic and Social Council on full and productive employment and decent work for all

Wednesday 5 July a.m./p.m. sessions

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Simultaneous roundtables on the theme of the High-level Segment  

Roundtable 1: Creating decent work opportunities with productivity growth  

Chair: To be confirmed

Co-Moderators : Mr. Jose Luis Machinea, Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Latin America and Mr. José Manual Salazar-Xirinachs , Executive Director for Employment, ILO

Organizers: ILO, DESA, UNIDO

Panellists:

  • H.E. Mr. Membathisi Mdladlana, Minister of Labour of South Africa ;
  • H.E. Mr. Aart-Jan de Geus, Minister for Social Affairs and Employment, the Netherlands ;
  • H.E. Ambassador Walter Fust, DirectorGeneral Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation;
  • Mr. Marc Blondel, F ormer General Secretary of Force Ouvriere , France ;
  • Mr. Daniel Funes de Rioja, Vice-Chair of the ILO Governing Body and President of the Argentinian Employers Federation

Roundtable 2: Meeting the challenges of employment creation in Africa and the Least Developed Countries (LDCs)

Chair: H.E. Mr. Seydou Bouda, Minister of Economy and Development, Burkina Faso

Co-Moderators: Mr Legwaila Joseph Legwaila , Under-Secretary-General of OSAA and

Mr. Anwarul K. Chowdhury , Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of UN-OHRLLS
Organizers: ECA, ESCAP, OSAA, OHRLSS, ILO

Panellists:

  • H.E. Mr. Keat Chhon, Minister of Finance and the Economy, Cambodia ;
  • H.E. Ms. Aisha Abdel Hady , Chair of the African Union Labour and Social Affairs Commission and Minister of Manpower and Immigration of Egypt ;
  • Mr. Abdoulie Janneh, Executive Secretary of ECA;
  • Mr. Kim Hak-Su , Executive Secretary of ESCAP; (power point presentation)
  • Mr. Alhaji Bamanga Tukur , President of the African Business Roundtable and Chairperson of the Business Group of the New Partnership for Africa 's Development (NEPAD)  

Roundtable 3: Globalization and Labour Migration  

Chair: H.E. Mr. Athauda Seneviratne, Minister of Labour Relations and Foreign Employment, Sri Lanka

Co-Moderators : Mr. Brunson McKinley, Director General of IOM and Mr. Juan Somavía, Director General of ILO

Organizers : ILO, IOM , UN-HABITAT, UNCTAD, DESA, UNFPA, UNODC

Panellists :

Roundtable 4: Innovation at work: national strategies to achieve gender equality in employment  

Chair: Ms. Nicole Ameline, Special Ambassador for social and gender issues in international relations and Former Minister for Gender of France

Co-Moderators: Ms. Rachael Mayanja , Assistant Secretary General, Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women and

Ms. Mari Simonen, Deputy Executive Director, UNFPA

Organizers: DESA, UNIFEM, UNFPA, ILO

Panellists:

11:30 – 1:00 p.m. General debate continued on the theme of the High-Level Segment
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Keynote address by H.E. Mr. Alpha Oumar Konare, Chairman of the African Commission and former President of Mali
3:15 – 6:00 p.m. General debate continued on the theme of the High-Level Segment