At the 108th International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva, the International Labour Organization (ILO) Centenary Declaration for the Future
of Work was adopted on June 21st, 2019, in commemoration of the Centenary of the ILO.
The Centenary Declaration is a crucial statement that looks at the major challenges and opportunities for the future of work, ranging from technology to climate change, from demographic shifts to the need for new skills. It also provides guidance for dealing with these pressing issues and a platform for cooperation with other organizations in the international system. It is also a strong reaffirmation of the social justice mandate given when the ILO was established 100 years ago, and the critical role of social dialogue and International Labour Standards. It is noteworthy that even though the Centenary Declaration was adopted two years ago it provides a relevant framework for the ongoing pandemic recovery.
At the first plenary sitting of the 109th ILC on June 7, 2021, the ILO’s Director-General, Mr. Guy Ryder reminded delegates that the Centenary Declaration gives an “agreed and highly-valued roadmap for constructing a human-centered recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.”