Invitation to the Sozopol Foundation of the United Nations to attend a high-level meeting of the General Assembly to mark the 100th anniversary of the International Labor Organization

The event is held at the highest political level, including Heads of State or Government. It will be at the United Nations headquarters in New York on April 10, 2019

1 The UN building in New York

On March 27, 2019, the Invitation to Participate in the 73rd General Assembly of the High Level for the Future of Decent Work, organized on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the International Labor Organization (ILO), was invited to the Sozopol Foundation’s office.

Main theme: “Sharing best practices, concrete solutions and ambitious recommendations for shaping the future of decent work for all”.

2019 is an important stage for the United Nations. Part of the UN’s work is marking the 100th anniversary of the International Labor Organization (ILO). The ILO is based on the realization that clear rules are needed to ensure that economic progress goes hand in hand with social justice, prosperity and peace for all. These principles remain fundamental today, as the new forces, driven by technological advances, structural transformations, changing demographics, globalization and climate change, are rapidly changing the world of work.

The future of work presents countless opportunities to overcome long-term deficiencies in decent work but also poses serious challenges that could increase inequality and unemployment if they are not managed well. How well countries are adapting to such changes to be a determining factor in achieving sustainable development goals. As in the years since the creation of the ILO, it is now necessary for determined action by all stakeholders to create a positive path for development that unlocks new opportunities for the future of work, while reducing growing inequalities and other uncertainties.

The emergence of new technological advances – artificial intelligence, automation and robotics – are already creating enormous opportunities for new jobs. But those who lose their jobs as a result of new technologies may be less prepared to take advantage of new opportunities and can be added to the ranks of long-term unemployed. Global dependence on technology means that today’s skills will not match future jobs. Skills acquisition and lifelong learning will be needed to allow workers to remain flexible and fit for employment.