The Internation Organization of Employers and the International Labour Organization organized a meeting that brought together officials from North African and Arab employers’ organizations in Cairo from 3-5 February to discuss the Global Compact and its relevance for the region. The objective was to generate momentum for launching the Global Compact and setting up national networks in the region.
The meeting concluded with the adoption of a comprehensive plan of action to create awareness and to initiate educational and training activities throughout the region in support of the Compact. This will be done both at the regional and country level, involving employers’ organizations, chambers of commerce and others.
The meeting was attended by officials from Algeria, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon,
Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen. All the United Nations
agencies responsible for supporting the Global Compact also participated.
It emerged from the meeting that Arab business is keen to move ahead with the Global Compact. They feel that much progress can be made to implement the principles, especially those in the areas of environment, child labour, freedom of association and discrimination, but they count on support from the international community in all these areas.
For more information, please contact Roy Chacko at ILO.