ILO hails UN resolution on globalisation

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, January 9:

International Labour Organisation (ILO) has hailed a new UN decision saying that it makes fair globalisation a core issue of the world agenda in 2005.

ILO in a press statement, today, has stated that the recent resolution of the United Nations General Assembly makes achieving a fully inclusive and equitable globalisation a core issue on the international economic and social development agendas. It also gives new significance to the ILO’s contributions to the Millennium Declaration’s aim of ensuring that globalisation becomes a positive force for the people of the entire world.

Under the resolution, the wider challenges and opportunities linked to globalisation will be part of the Millennium Declaration’s comprehensive review in 2005. They will also be included in the ten-year review of the World Summit for Social Development, by the UN Commission on Social Development.

With the adoption of a resolution at its most recent session, the UN General Assembly gave new impetus to global efforts to implement the recommendations of the report of the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalisation.

The resolution asks UN secretary general Kofi Annan to take the World Commission’s ‘report into account in his comprehensive assessment of implementation of Millennium Summit decisions, prepared for the high level review at next year’s UNGA.

It calls on relevant UN agencies and other multilateral institutions to provide information to the secretary-general on their activities to promote an inclusive and equitable globalisation. Thus, the resolution takes the first steps towards bringing all concerned international bodies into a more coherent, better coordinated and less fragmented multilateral framework for managing globalisation.

Juan Somavia, ILO director general said, “Opening up opportunities for decent work is linked to spreading the benefits of globalisation. And most people who feel excluded do not have an ideological resistance to globalisation. They approach it in a very practical way I’m going to like it if I see and feel the benefits. But don’t tell me to embrace it when I don’t see those benefits in my life, in my family, in my community, in my own future. I want a globalisation that works for me.”