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Statements and presentations

DAY 1 (Monday, 30 March)

Opening of the Integration Segment [WATCH ARCHIVED VIDEO] Keynote Addresses Perspectives from Business and Labour
  • Ms. Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
  • Mr. Daniel Funes de Rioja, President, International Organization of Employers (IOE)

The 'Big Think' on Jobs and Growth [Biographies] [Watch archived video]


  • Mr. Richard Quest, CNN
  • H.E. Ms. Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Mobility
  • Mr. Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization
  • Mr. Min Zhu, Deputy Managing Director, IMF
  • Prof. Dr. Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate and Professor of Economics, Columbia University

Mind the gap: How widening inequalities undermine development [Biographies][Watch archived video]


  • Mr. Matthew Bishop, Globalisation Editor, The Economist
  • H.E. Mr. Alfonso Navarrete Prida, Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Mexico
  • H.E. Mr. Hu Xiaoyi, Vice Minister, Human Resources and Social Security, People's Republic of China
  • Ms. Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
  • Professor Stephanie Seguino, University of Vermont
Report back from country level consultation in Indonesia, "Achieving sustainable development through employment creation and decent work for all"
  • H.E. Mr. Hanif Dhakiri, Minister of Manpower, Indonesia (Biography)
Report back from preparatory meeting for Latin America and the Caribbean, Lima, Peru. Consultations on, "Decent Work, Climate Change and Sustainable Development"
  • H.E. Ambassador Maria Emma Mejia Velez, Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations and Vice-President of the Economic and Social Council

Voices from the Real Economy [Biographies][Watch archived video]


  • Dr Michael Shank, Director of Media Strategy at Climate Nexus and Senior Fellow at the JustJobs Network
  • H.E. Councillor Nomvuzo Shabalala, Deputy Mayor of Durban, South Africa
  • Dr. Sanjay Kumar, Director of SEWA Bharat
  • Ms. Vicenta Trotman, Community leader and member of the Administrative Board of Rural Water Supply in the Ngabe-Bugle indigenous territory of the No-Kribo region, Panama
  • Mr. Paul Hazen, Executive Director, Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC), International Co-operative Alliance


DAY 2 (Tuesday, 31 March)

10:00 - 11:30

Solutions to Climate Change: Growing Decent Jobs [Biographies] [Watch archived video]

  • Mr. Michael Renner, Senior Researcher, The Worldwatch Institute (moderator)
  • H.E. Mr. Miles Sampa, Deputy Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Zambia
  • Professor Robert Pollin, Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts [Presentation]
  • Ms. Gayle Schueller, Vice President, Global Sustainability, 3M Company [Presentation]
  • Mr. Peter Poschen, Director, Job Creation and Enterprise Development Department, ILO (discussant)

Making Dignity and Prosperity the Norm [Biographies][Watch archived video]


  • Mr. Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • H.E. Ambassador Benedicte Frankinet, Permanent Representative of Belgium to the United Nations and Co-Chair of the Group of Friends of Decent Work for Sustainable Development (Moderator)
  • H.E. Mr. Luis Eduardo Garzon, Minister of Labour, Colombia
  • H.E. Mr. Radosław Mleczko, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy, Poland
  • Mr. Phil Jennings, General Secretary, UNI Global Union
  • Mr. Edward E. Potter, Chair of Labour and Employment Committee of the United States Council for International Business; and Director of Global Workplace Rights, The Coca-Cola Company
Assessing progress 20 Years after Beijing and Copenhagen

At Work in Africa [Biographies][Watch archived video]


  • H.E. Ambassador Ismael Abraao Gaspar Martins, Permanent Representative of Angola to the United Nations and Co-Chair of the Group of Friends of Decent Work for Sustainable Development (moderator)
  • H.E. Mr. Ebrahim Patel, Minister for Economic Development, South Africa
  • H.E. Mr. Hakim Ben Hammouda, Former Minister of Finance, Special Advisor to the African Development Bank (AfDB) President
  • Mr. Aeneas Chuma, Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Africa, ILO
  • Mr. Alioune Sall, Executive Director of the African Futures Institute
  • Mr. Maged Abdelaziz, Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Africa

General debate

South Africa on behalf of G77 and China, France, Belgium, Zimbabwe, Kazakhstan and Switzerland


DAY 3 (Wednesday, 1 April)

Finding the Opportunities: Matching Education and Skills to Market Demands [Biographies][Watch archived video]

  • Mr. Antonio Prado, Deputy Executive Secretary, ECLAC (moderator)
  • H.E. Ms. Omobola Johnson, Minister, Federal Ministry of Communication Technology, Nigeria and Chairperson of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD)
  • Ms. Elizabeth A. Vazquez, CEO and Co-Founder, WeConnect International
  • Mr. Ron Bruder, Founder, Education for Employment
  • Mr. Zach Sims, Co-founder and CEO, Codecademy

General debate

Trinidad and Tobago, Italy, India, Paraguay, Tunisia, Russian Federation, Canada [EN, FR], Honduras, Republic of Korea, Panama, Israel, Rwanda, Albania, Argentina, Australia, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Means of Implementation: Financing for Development and Partnerships for Decent Work [Biographies][Watch archived video]


  • H.E. Mr. George Wilfred Talbot, Permanent Representative of Guyana to the United Nations, and Co-Facilitator of the preparatory process for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development
  • H.E. Dr. Rania Antonopoulos, Alternate Minister of Labour and Social Solidarity, Greece (via video link)
  • Prof. Dr. Robert Shiller, Nobel Laureate and Professor of Economics, Yale University
  • Mr. Martin Khor, Executive Director, The South Centre
  • Mr. Richard Kozul-Wright, Director, Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, UNCTAD (Discussant)

16:15-17:45    Wanted: 600 Million Jobs! [Biographies][Watch archived video]


  • Mr. Ali Velshi, Host, Al Jazeera America (Moderator)
  • H.E. Mr. Alexander Mora, Minister of Foreign Trade, Costa Rica
  • Ms. Marie-José Nadeau, Chair of the World Energy Council
  • Mr. Pavan Sukhdev, Founder-CEO of GIST Advisory
  • Dr. NS Rajan, Chief Human Resources Officer and Member of the Group Executive Council, Tata Group
Closing Remarks