We need to get a grip on the rapid changes affecting the world of work: ILO chief

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Guy Ryder

The world of work is being transformed more quickly and more deeply than ever before by rapid changes in demography and technology, growing inequality, poverty and the slow economic recovery, said Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization.

Speaking at the opening of the 102nd International Labour Conference, taking place in Geneva, Ryder said that these issues pose challenges for achieving the goal of decent work for all.

"The most important question, the one asked everywhere and with growing urgency and sometimes alarm, is 'where are the jobs coming from?' and it is most frequently a question addressed to the situation of our young people."

Ryder outlined seven initiatives for a "forward-looking and strategic response" to the crisis.

A Governance Initiative, he said, would continue the process of reform within the ILO, which began last year. A standards review mechanism would update and enhance the relevance of the body of international labour standards – the ILO's comprehensive system of instruments on work and social policy.

He also said that the ILO needs to engage more with enterprises.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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