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With labour market rapidly changing, UN ECOSOC to host meeting in Santiago to advance future of decent work for all

18 January 2024|Announcement

WHAT           Special Meeting of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on the Future of Work

The world of work is currently undergoing unprecedented transformation due to emerging technologies, globalization, human mobility, and demographic trends. These changes have the potential to reshape job markets and livelihoods for billions of people. While they offer exciting opportunities for enhanced productivity and innovation, they also present challenges for workers and policymakers.

Members of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and experts in labour markets and technological advancement will come together to address the future course of decent work at the 2024 special meeting of ECOSOC in Santiago, Chile.

The two-day special meeting will feature plenary sessions, interactive roundtable discussions, a side event commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as a special celebration of the legacy of Mr. Hernán Santa Cruz, one of the initial drafters of the Declaration.  

The outcome of the special meeting will be a summary by the President of ECOSOC, which will serve as an input to the 2024 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the Summit of the Future and the proposed World Social Summit in 2025.

WHO             President of UN ECOSOC Paula Narváez

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chile Alberto Van Klaveren Stork

UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed

UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Li Junhua

Executive Secretary of ECLAC José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs

Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Gilbert Houngbo

Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Doreen Bogdan-Martin

Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Chile Georgiana Braga-Orillard

Approximately 80 Government representatives will join UN senior officials, representatives of international organizations and civil society.


WHEN          23-24 January 2024


WHERE       Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

Av. Dag Hammarskjöld 3477, Vitacura, Santiago de Chile

Live broadcast - All plenary meetings and roundtable discussions will be webcast at 


KEY LINKS    The programme and more details can be found at: 

 Photographs will be available at



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Media contacts

In Santiago

UNECLAC | Guido Camú |

In New York

UN DESA | Paul Simon |

UN DGC | Sharon Birch |