ILO / BELGIUM MARSHALL ISLANDS

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His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium and Hilda Heine, President of the Marshall Islands addressed the 108th International Labour Conference today in Geneva, Switzerland. ILO

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STORY: ILO / BELGIUM MARSHAL ISLANDS
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DATELINE: 20 JUNE 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Various shots, King Philippe arriving and going to podium
2. SOUNDBITE (French) King Philippe of Belgium:
“The Organization has an important role to play in encouraging all its Member States to make a concrete commitment to greater social justice and to invest in people. Working methods will have to change profoundly under the combined effect of technological change and the urgent need to preserve our environment. The classic growth model has reached its limits and something radically new will have to replace it. Digitization will not only kill jobs, but also create new ones. A recent study in Belgium calculated that 3.7 new jobs will be created for every job lost due to digitalization. The very content of many existing jobs will change. The vast majority of workers will have to retrain and a significant number will have to completely change profession. This is a major responsibility for authorities, employers and trade unions. Employers must commit themselves to providing their employees with the opportunity to update their skills. Workers in declining trades need timely support to retrain.”
3. Wide shot, applause
4. Various shots, King Philippe leaving
5. Various shots, Heine arriving and going to podium
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Hilda Heine, President of the Marshall Islands: “The Marshall Islands, and many other island nations as well as other vulnerable countries, face severe climate risks and threats. Like other cross-cutting goals, SDG 8 should be a key component of climate action and can help to make a more resilient future for our young populations. We believe that the increasingly difficult environmental conditions we face at home are already a driver of the migration and youth employment concerns we face. The chronic flooding we grapple with due to sea level rise, extreme weather and rising heat are a serious downward pressure on our economy. We welcome the ILO’s work on heat stress and other weather dangers faced by workers due to climate change and encourage the expansion of this program.”
7. Wide shot, applause
8. Various shots, Heine leaving

STORYLINE:

His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium and Hilda Heine, President of the Marshall Islands addressed the 108th International Labour Conference today (20 Jun) in Geneva, Switzerland.

In his speech, King Philippe said “the [International Labour] Organization has an important role to play in encouraging all its Member States to make a concrete commitment to greater social justice and to invest in people.”

The King also said that ‘the classic growth model has reached its limits and something radically new will have to replace it” and that “Digitization will not only kill jobs, but also create new ones.”

According to King Philippe, in Belgium, 3.7 new jobs will be created for every job lost due to digitalization and the

He also said “the very content of many existing jobs will change. The vast majority of workers will have to retrain and a significant number will have to completely change profession. This is a major responsibility for authorities, employers and trade unions. Employers must commit themselves to providing their employees with the opportunity to update their skills. Workers in declining trades need timely support to retrain.”

President of the Marshall Islands Hilda Heine said her country, as “many other island nations as well as other vulnerable countries, face severe climate risks and threats.”

Heine said “we believe that the increasingly difficult environmental conditions we face at home are already a driver of the migration and youth employment concerns we face,” adding in “we welcome the ILO’s work on heat stress and other weather dangers faced by workers due to climate change and encourage the expansion of lthis program.”

More than 40 heads of government and state have addressed the two-week long Conference, which ends Friday. During the Conference over 6,000 delegates – representing governments, workers and employers – have discussed transformative changes in the world of work and are considering the adoption of a landmark ILO Centenary Declaration on the future of work. They are also discussing violence and harassment at the workplace with a view to adopting a new international instrument.
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