ILO to world leaders: create social justice for peace

Director General of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Guy Ryder, has challenged world leaders to work for a better world with decent work.

He said for the world to enjoy peace, leaders must learn to cultivate social justice among the people.

Speaking during the opening of the world of work summit at the ongoing 107th session of the International Labour Conference, Ryder said it was unfortunate more and more countries were witnessing incidences of conflicts and violence, which he said poses potential threat to global peace and survival.

He said leaders and everybody has a stake in securing peace and resilience, which is currently deepened by persistent crisis endangers all.

He added that there are echoes of these in the ILO constitution which reminds us that poverty anywhere can constitute danger to prosperity everywhere.

According to him: “Our world is suffering not only heightened tension but also multiple grave and intractable conflicts as well as natural disasters.

“These are terrible events inflicting very terrible sufferings which destroy lives and communities and have threatened our collective stability.

“The broadcast images that we all see from battle fields in Syria or natural catastrophe such as the one that struck Guatemala must not immune us to the human cost involved.

“Rather, they must move us to solidarity and to action. That is why the ILO is and must be present in such situation.

“We are here today because of the demand of hundreds of men and women living in fragile and affected countries and disaster situations.

“The plea that we hear time and again is for bread, jobs, freedom and dignity, education for the children and those who are displaced wants to go back home to safety, to jobs and security.

He added: “We all have a stake in securing peace and resilience.

“It calls for coherence and integrated strategies to prevent and deal with crisis, to facilitate post conflict recovery and for peace and resilience.

“I believe that we need to seize the opportunity of the new humanitarian and development architecture for sustaining peace to do more to respond to conflict and more to prevent them from happening in the first place.”