GENEVA / GUTERRES ILC CLOSING

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“Our world is in a period of unprecedented change encompassing climate, demographics, technology, society and so much else,” affecting “profoundly” the world of work, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at the closing of the annual International Labour Conference in Geneva on Friday. UNTV CH

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DATELINE: 21 JUNE 2019 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Exterior shot, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, arrival, Guterres greeted by ILO Director-General Guy Rider
3. Med shot, Guterres with Rider
4. Various shots, Guterres signing of ILO’s Golden Book
5. Wide shot, ILO meeting
6. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“You are not just celebrating a centenary, you are building upon a legacy of achievement guided by that age-old vision of social justice through social dialogue and international cooperation. I congratulate you on adopting a Convention on violence and harassment in the world of work”.
7. Wide shot, podium with Guterres and Ryder
8. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“The Centenary Declaration is much more than a statement of wishes or intent. It proposes a shift in the paradigm of how we look at development. The well-being of people must be at the centre of economic and social policies”.
9. Med shot, delegates in meeting room
10. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“More than ever we need global responses to global challenges. Yet, more than ever, multilateralism is under fire. Our problems are becoming more complex. Yet our response are becoming more fragmented. And everywhere, we see deficits of trust and a surplus of fear-mongering. You could call it an age of disillusion. The most effective way to rebuild trust is by listening and by delivering. The International Labour Organisation plays a central role for a simple reason: Your agenda is at the centre of people’s concerns”.
11. Med shot, lady taking picture
12. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“Our world is in a period of unprecedented change encompassing climate, demographics, technology, society and so much else. The world of work is profoundly affected by these factors. These changes are also offer exciting opportunities. But they also generate fear, anxiety and a feeling of instability. I welcome the recommendations of the ILO’s Global Commission of the Future of Work which fit seamlessly with the findings of my own High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation”.
13. Med shot, UN SG Guterres at podium
14. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“As we look ahead, we know new technologies – especially artificial intelligence – will inevitably lead to massive destruction of jobs and a massive creation of new jobs”.
15. Med shot, Swiss delegation
16. Close up, cameraman
17. Med shot, delegates in room
18. Wide shot, delegates in room

STORYLINE:

UN Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed a landmark international agreement banning violence and harassment in the workplace, adopted on Friday (21 Jun) at the International Labour Organization’s Centenary Conference in Geneva.

In his speech to delegates in the Swiss city, Guterres congratulated Member States for “building upon a legacy of achievement, guided by that age-old vision of social justice through social dialogue and international cooperation”.

The Convention passed with 439 votes in favour, seven against and 30 abstentions, after a ballot involving representatives of governments, employers and workers, in line with ILO’s tripartite structure.

It is the first new Convention – a legally binding international instrument - agreed by the International Labour Conference since 2011, when the Domestic Workers Convention, was adopted. According to the new labour standard, violence and harassment at work “constitute a human rights violation or abuse”.

Defined as behaviour that is likely to lead to “physical, psychological, sexual or economic harm”, violence and harassment are also regarded as “a threat to equal opportunities” which are “unacceptable and incompatible with decent work”.

In signing the Convention, Member States have a responsibility to promote a “general environment of zero tolerance”, while also protecting trainees, interns, volunteers, jobseekers and employees “irrespective of their contractual status”.
This includes some 2.5 billion people in the informal work sector, whose collective bargaining power should be utilized to promote workers’ rights, ILO said in a new report on Thursday (20 Jun).

For ILO, the Convention reflects the organization’s belief that labour is not a commodity and that people’s wellbeing – and peace - depends on respect.
“Without respect, there is no dignity at work, and, without dignity, there is no social justice,” said Manuela Tomei, Director of the ILO’s Workquality Department. “We now have an agreed definition of violence and harassment; we know what needs to be done to prevent and address it, and by whom. We hope these new standards will lead us into the future of work we want to see.”

In his speech at the ILO Conference, Guterres welcomed its Centenary Declaration, which he said marked “an historic opportunity to open a door to a brighter future” for people around the world.

“The Centenary Declaration is much more than a statement of wishes or intent,” he added. “It proposes a shift in the paradigm of how we look at development. The wellbeing of people must be at the centre of economic and social policies”.
Mission statements like these were crucial, the UN chief insisted, warning that globalization and climate change had left those on the margins of society “paying the highest price”.

He added: “More than ever we need global responses to global challenges. Yet, more than ever, multilateralism is under fire. Our problems are becoming more complex. Yet our responses are becoming more fragmented. And everywhere, we see deficits of trust and a surplus of fear-mongering. You could call it an age of disillusion. The most effective way to rebuild trust is by listening and by delivering. The International Labour Organisation plays a central role for a simple reason: Your agenda is at the centre of people’s concerns.”

Describing the ILO as being “ahead of its time” for its tripartite governing structure, Guterres insisted that new mechanisms for cooperation and governance had to be reimagined in future, to cope with current challenges.

“Our world is in a period of unprecedented change encompassing climate, demographics, technology, society and so much else,” he said. “The world of work is profoundly affected by these factors. These changes are also offer exciting opportunities. But they also generate fear, anxiety and a feeling of instability. I welcome the recommendations of the ILO’s Global Commission of the Future of Work which fit seamlessly with the findings of my own High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation.”

Amid unprecedented change encompassing climate shocks, demographic, technological and societal transformation, the UN Secretary-General insisted that all of these things “profoundly affected” workers everywhere.
And while these changes offered opportunities, they could also generate “fear and anxiety”, he warned.

“As we look ahead, we know new technologies – especially artificial intelligence – will inevitably lead to massive destruction of jobs and a massive creation of new jobs,” he said, calling for a “massive” investment in education to ensure lifelong learning in a world where the concept of “work” itself is evolving.
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