Barbados is hosting the 20th Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labour Organization of American States (IACML), that gets underway in Bridgetown on Thursday.
The Organisation of American States (OAS) says the central theme of the two-day event will be “Building on our Achievements and Advancing Toward Social Justice, Decent Work and Sustainable Development in the Americas.”
The labour authorities of the Americas, including the Caribbean, will “collectively reflect and seek to build consensus on three issues,” the OAS said.
The comprise achieving better coordination between education, training and labour, as an essential element to unleash youth potential and address the future of work; implementing Goal 8 of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; and gender equality and ensuring labor rights and opportunities for vulnerable populations.
The OAS said, among officials attending the conference, are OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro; Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development of Barbados, Esther Byer Suckoo; Minister of Labor and Social Welfare of Mexico and chair of IACML, Alfonso Navarrete Prida; and the International Labour Organization (ILO) Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs.