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International Labour Office -  Geneva    -      Report of the Director-General:
Decent Work

87th Session
Geneva, June 1999

ISBN 92-2-110804-X
ISSN 0074-6681 



This Report proposes a primary goal for the ILO in this period of global transition — securing decent work for women and men everywhere. It is the most widespread need, shared by people, families and communities in every society, and at all levels of development. Decent work is a global demand today, confronting political and business leadership worldwide. Much of our common future depends on how we meet this challenge.

The Report aims to focus the energies of the ILO on this major problem of our time. It seeks to create a unity of purpose among the three constituents — governments, workers and employers — which will send a clear and distinctive message about the Organization to public opinion at large.

It is also the second step in the process of reform and modernization in the ILO. The first was initiated last March with a budget proposal to begin the new century by moving from 39 major programmes to four strategic objectives: fundamental principles and rights at work; employment; social protection; and social dialogue.

The Report complements the Programme and Budget proposals for 2000-01 in three ways. First, it brings the four strategic objectives together so as to send a single message on what the ILO intends to do. Second, it translates this vision into the realities of programme priorities and capabilities. Third, it views the ILO's activities from the perspective of the various regions of the world, thus reflecting the developmental and institutional diversity of people who experience an increasingly common world of work in different ways.

The Report has been enriched by the contributions and views of many, including constituents, staff members and the academic community. It speaks to all those who are concerned with the future of the ILO, to those who share its values, and to those who are privileged to serve it.



1. The primary goal

2. The programme priorities

3. The regional perspectives

4. The institutional capabilities


XIV American Regional Meeting -ILO
Lima-Peru, 24 - 27 August, 1999


Part I. Labour challenges in the new structural context.
A. The new structural context
B. The evolution of the labour market and social progress in the nineties
C. The process of transformation and the challenges of employment and vocational training
D. Labour relations and worker protection in the new structural context

Part II. Activities carried out during the period 1994-1999.
A. The general approach of the active partnership policy (APP) and operational issues
B. Regional core issues
C. Activities of the multidisciplinary advisory teams (MDTs)

Part III. The labour agenda of the ILO for the next decade in Latin America and the Caribbean
A. Promote and realize Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work
B. Create greater opportunities for women and men to secure decent employment and income
C. Enhance the coverage and effectiveness of social protection for all
D. Strengthen tripartism and social dialogue

Statistical Annex


For further information, please contact the Secretariat of the XIV American Regional Meeting in Lima-Perú, tel.: (51 1) 221 2565, fax: (51 1) 421 5292, e-mail:

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