WGS 2019: Gender balance essential for successful future workplaces, WGS told

Sunday 10 February 2019
Dubai - MENA Herald:

The work environment is undergoing tremendous change due to technological advancements, demographics, climate change, and globalization. To devise an effective employment model that benefits both the employee and the employer, key ministers gathered to discuss the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) centenary report titled ‘The Future of Work’ at the High-Level Ministerial Roundtable on the Future of Work, held as part of the seventh World Government Summit (WGS 2019).

During the session, His Excellency Nasser bin Thani Al Hamli, UAE Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, said: “We are focused on increasing future employment opportunities for citizens and residents by raising productivity and enhancing labor migration governance to ensure better outcomes for all stakeholders.

“Our capacity to respond to the issues faced by the workforce today is strengthened by a common understanding of the challenges and opportunities. Through this roundtable, we hope to identify opportunities for collaboration with other nations to create better working environments.”

Led by His Excellency Guy Ryder, Director-General of ILO, ministers from various countries, including Malaysia, Philippines, Sudan, and the UAE, shared views on key topics such as work and society, organization of work and production, and the governance of work.

His Excellency Guy Ryder emphasized that a balanced gender representation is fundamental for all workplaces to be productive and successful spaces in the future, both in terms of salaries and opportunities. He went on to add: “The ILO launched its Future of Work initiative about four years ago, where we encouraged our member states to have national dialogues for governments, employers and workers on how they saw the challenges of the future of work.

“This document serves two purposes – providing the collective wisdom of our member states on the major challenges of the future of work, and what we should be doing to meet them in the most appropriate fashion.”

The three-day World Government Summit 2019 runs until February 12 at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai. The landmark event has convened more than 4,000 participants from 140 countries, including heads of state and governments, as well as top-tier representatives of 30 international organizations.

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