Saint Lucia is to be represented at the 20th Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labour (IACML) in Bridgetown, on Dec. 7 – 8.
The Organization of American States (OAS) and the government of Barbados recently signed an agreement on the holding of the conference under the proposed theme, “Building On Our Achievements and Advancing Towards Social Justice, Decent Work and Sustainable Development in the Americas.”
Better coordination between education, training and labor; the implementation of Goal 8 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; and the issue of gender equality and ensuring labor rights and opportunities for vulnerable populations, are some of the topics to be addressed at the meeting.
OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro highlighted that currently more than 25 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean are unemployed, and over 130 million people work in the informal economy.
“This impedes the ability of those people to build sustainable livelihoods, he said, adding that despite the challenges, “willingness to cooperate and to find common solutions is unquestionable; which makes the issues to be addressed at this upcoming ministerial conference all the more important.”