Prime Minister leading UN efforts on tomorrow’s jobs – new ILO Commission presented today

What will we work with in the future? How will we ensure that adapting to climate change, an increasingly digital world and an ageing population lead to new jobs with better conditions? And that more people benefit from the advantages of globalisation than at present? These are questions that the ILO Commission, which was launched in Geneva today, will address. The co-chairs of the Commission, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and President of Mauritius Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, were present in Geneva.

  • Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, Guy Ryder and Stefan Löfven

    Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic of Mauritius, Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General and Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden. Launch of the ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work.

    Photo: Marcel Crozet

  • Stefan Löfven

    Adress by Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden at the launch of the ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work.

    Foto: Marcel Crozet

  • Stefan Löfven signing a book

    Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden, signing the 'Golden Book' at the launch of the ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work.

    Photo: Marcel Crozet

The Commission brings together some 20 experts from different parts of the world to analyse what the impacts of the revolutionary and long-term changes that factors such as digitalisation, climate change and demographic shifts will mean for tomorrow’s working life and labour market.

“It is time to make globalisation work for everyone. And it is by addressing the problems in the global labour market that we can build social cohesion and confidence, and shape a globalisation that represses no one and benefits everyone”, said Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.

“The future of work is not decided in advance, we must make it according to the values and preferences that we choose for societies and true polices that we design and implement. This is precisely here the commissions work comes in: To identify the key work of challenging of our time and what we must do to meet them,” said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

When we look to the future we must do so from a range of perspectives and situations. We must “place the wellbeing of people at the front and center of the agenda,” said Ameenah Gurib-Fakim.

The Global Commission on the Future of Work was established as part of the International Labour Organisation’s Future of Work initiative. More than one hundred countries have taken part in preparatory work by holding national dialogues on the perceived opportunities and challenges facing working life of the future. The Commission will present its report in spring 2019. The Commission will also help implement the 2030 Agenda, and in particular goal 8 on work and economic growth.

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) is the UN specialised agency for employment and working life issues. The ILO was set up in 1919 and is the UN’s only tripartite organisation, of which countries, trade unions and employers are members.