Minister Lindström attending International Labour Conference 7-8 June 2016

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment 7.6.2016 9.42
Press release
The International Labour Conference of the UN's International Labour Organization is being held in Geneva, Switzerland on 30 May-10 June 2016. Minister of Justice and Employment Jari Lindström will address the plenary session of the conference on Tuesday 7 June.

This year, the theme of the plenary session is tackling poverty. The UN has drawn up a programme aimed at eradicating extreme poverty and achieving sustainable development by 2030. The programme also includes tackling forced labour, human trafficking and child labour, and promoting equality at work.

In his address, Minister Lindström will also emphasise the importance of employment and entrepreneurship in tackling poverty.
- Only through work and entrepreneurship can individuals and families be sure of securing sufficient income, and only this way can we be sure that social security systems will be sustainable. The employment impact of political decisions is a key consideration at both national level and in the activities of the International Labour Organization, says Minister Lindström.

During the conference Minister Lindström will meet ministers from China and Singapore as well as ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

The conference committees will this year discuss the supervision of ILO Conventions and the promotion of decent work, especially in global supply chains. Other matters for discussion include the means by which jobs can be created as rapidly as possible in countries recovering from armed conflicts, natural disasters or wars.

Liisa Heinonen, Ministerial Counsellor, Ministry of Employment and the Economy, tel. +358 29 506 4131