Delegation of the European Union to the
UN and other international organisations in Geneva

ILO Governing Body 337th session - INS/3/1: Follow-up to the resolution concerning the elimination of violence and harassment in the world of work

Geneva, 05/11/2019 - 18:00, UNIQUE ID: 191106_10
Statements on behalf of the EU

ILO Governing Body 337th session, Geneva, 28 October – 7 November 2019

Thank you, Chair. I speak on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.

The Candidate Countries Turkey, the Republic of North Macedonia* , Montenegro* , Serbia*  and Albania* , the country of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidate Bosnia and Herzegovina, the EFTA country Norway, member of the European Economic Area, as well as Armenia and Georgia, align themselves with this statement.

We support the IMEC statement.

Chair, at its Centenary session in June, the International Labour Conference adopted the first-ever international instruments calling for the right of everyone to a world of work free from violence and harassment to be respected, promoted and realized.

This positive outcome was achieved through the active involvement of all constituents in a spirit of trust and dialogue and the support and guidance from the Office, with the shared objective of putting an end to unacceptable behaviours in the world of work.

The Convention and the Recommendation constitute two tools providing a robust and comprehensive legal and policy framework to eliminate violence and harassment in the world of work, including gender-based violence and harassment. The adoption of these instruments also demonstrates the vitality of the Organization and the capacity of social dialogue and tripartism to elaborate powerful responses to social demands.

The European Union and its Member States actively engaged in the discussions and supported the adoption of an ambitious Convention supplemented by a Recommendation, that would be widely ratified and implemented.

We therefore strongly welcome the detailed and comprehensive six-year strategy elaborated by the Office, which stresses the importance of taking into account the different needs and priorities of ILO constituents across regions and countries for the effective implementation of the instruments. We highlight the importance of the Strategy with regard to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and for ensuring a world of work based on dignity and respect.

We support the objectives set out in the strategy to ensure wide ratification of the Convention, including by supporting tripartite consultations and providing technical assistance to authorities concerned, upon request, in undertaking pre-ratification reviews of national laws and practice.

While ratification of the Convention should indeed be a key component of the strategy, the effective implementation of the Convention and the Recommendation will require the mobilization of all relevant actors. We therefore welcome the proposal to support constituents through awareness-raising initiatives, based on an enhanced knowledge base, including through the provision of adequate training and learning opportunities and by developing the capacities of relevant authorities, such as members of the judiciary, labour inspectors and OSH professionals.

We also underline the strategic opportunity offered by the Convention to highlight the relevance of tripartism and therefore support the objective of promoting the Convention in the multilateral system to amplify the outreach and to identify potential synergies and complementarities.

We strongly support actions taken by the Office to lead by example in the elimination of violence and harassment and welcome the proposed institutional framework for the implementation of the strategy, including the creation of a technical working group as set out in the document.

We also welcome the conduct of an interregional, knowledge-sharing forum for headquarters and field representatives at the end of 2021. This forum will not only provide an added value to the implementation of the strategy and its enhancement, but it will also allow the ILO to take stock, consider subsequent actions and strengthen the cooperation in this regard.       

To conclude Chair, we support the implementation of the strategy through the allocation of adequate resources and the mobilization of extrabudgetary resources, in accordance with the specific outcome of the Programme and Budget 2020-2021.

With these remarks Chair, we support the point for decision.



* The Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Albania continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.


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