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Labour Inclusion Will Be the Main Theme of the Third Regional Seminar on Social Development, Organized by ECLAC

23 June 2023|Announcement

The event will take place on June 27-29 at the United Nations regional organization’s headquarters in Santiago, Chile.

Authorities from the region, academics and specialists from the United Nations and multilateral organizations will participate on June 27-29, 2023 in the Third Regional Seminar on Social Development: Promoting labour inclusion as a way to overcome inequalities and informality in Latin America and the Caribbean, which will be held at ECLAC’s headquarters in Santiago, Chile.

The event – organized by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, German Cooperation and the Ford Foundation – aims to reflect on the promotion of labour inclusion policies to enable progress on reducing gaps.

At the hybrid gathering (in-person and virtual), participants will debate the strategies and innovations being proposed in the field of labour policies, as part of a transformative recovery with equality and sustainability in Latin America and the Caribbean. Special attention will be paid to successful experiences in the region.

Participating in the opening session – which will take place on Tuesday, June 27 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. local time in Chile (GMT-4) – will be José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, ECLAC’s Executive Secretary (via video); Gilbert Houngbo, Director-General of the ILO (via video); Fabio Bertranou, Director of the ILO’s Office for the Southern Cone of Latin America; Jostein Leiro, Norway’s Ambassador to Chile; Volker Oel, Commissioner for Latin America at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany (BMZ) (virtual); and Javier Ciurlizza, the Ford Foundation’s Director for the Andean Region.

The event’s six panels will address issues such as labour informality, child labour, youth labour inclusion, the present and future of work, skills development for labour inclusion, and the articulation between labour policies and social protection.

The seminar will also include keynote addresses (in a virtual format) by Alejandro Portes, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Princeton University and winner of the Princess of Asturias Award for Social Sciences in 2019; Francisco H. G. Ferreira, Amartya Sen Professor of Inequality Studies and Director of the International Inequalities Institute of the London School of Economics (LSE); and Glenda Quintini, Senior Economist at the OECD and Head of the Skills Team at its Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs.

In addition, on Tuesday, June 27, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. local time, a side event will be held to launch the book Inequalities, Labour Inclusion and the Future of Work in Latin America, produced by ECLAC in the framework of an agreement with the Ford Foundation.

What: Third Regional Seminar on Social Development: Promoting labour inclusion as a way to overcome inequalities and informality in Latin America and the Caribbean.

When: Tuesday, June 27 to Thursday, June 29, 2023.

Who: Authorities from the region, Labour Ministers, academics and specialists from the UN and multilateral organizations.

Where: ECLAC’s main headquarters in Santiago, Chile (Av. Dag Hammarsköld 3477, Vitacura). Raúl Prebisch (Tuesday, June 27) and Celso Furtado (Wednesday, June 28 and Thursday, June 29) conference rooms.

Virtual connection via the Zoom platform (prior registration required):

Also via ECLAC’s website, at and on the Commission’s institutional accounts on Twitter and Facebook.