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The International Labour Organization (ILO) is the United Nations agency devoted to advancing opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity. Its main aims are (i) to promote rights at work, (ii) encourage decent employment...



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The International Labour Organization (ILO) is the United Nations agency devoted to advancing opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity. Its main aims are (i) to promote rights at work, (ii) encourage decent employment opportunities, (iii) enhance social protection and (iv) strengthen dialogue in handling work-related issues. ILO is the only ‘tripartite’ United Nations agency in that it brings together governments and representative organizations of employers and workers to jointly shape labour policies and to negotiate agreements by consensus. This unique arrangement gives ILO an edge in advancing the creation of decent jobs and the kind of economic and working conditions that give working people and business people a stake in coping with crisis and in creating lasting prosperity and progress.

Disaster Reduction Goal

The ILO promotes the reconstruction of societies affected by recurrent disasters through decent work, enhancing preparedness, mitigation of potential impacts in countries at high risk, and increasing resilience.

In disaster scenarios, ILO – in partnership with other UN and multilateral agencies – contributes to enhance disaster recovery and risk reduction efforts focusing on employment creation, income generation, disaster risk reduction of vulnerable livelihoods and the promotion of sustainable local development.

Policies and Programmes in DRR

The centrality of decent work for peace, security and disaster resilience is recognized unequivocally by the international community. With its influence on contemporary economy and politics, the ILO is called to build on the principles enshrined in the 2008 Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization, the 2009 Global Jobs Pact and the United Nations Policy for Post-Conflict Employment Creation, Income Generation and Reintegration (UN Employment Policy), also released in 2009.

The 2009 UN Employment Policy (whose development the ILO has spearheaded jointly with UNDP), calls for multifaceted and interlinked interventions based on three programming “tracks” addressing specific objectives and challenges of the conflict and disaster management cycle. In so doing, the transition from the emergency response to decent work creation is made possible.

The UN Employment Policy highlights the importance of national and local resilience in its aim to scale up and maximize the impact, coherence and efficiency of employment support. It highlights the challenges that root causes of conflict present and offers recommendations for addressing such challenges through job creation that links short-term and more sustainable long-term employment and reintegration programs. An operational guidance note complements the policy and helps practitioners to articulate a coherent and integrated strategy, guide decision-making, and identify roles and responsibilities.

Membership in Key Networks

• International Recovery Platform (IRP). ILO is former chair of the Steering Committee of the Platform ( 2008 – 2009)
• IASC-Cluster Working Group on Early Recovery (CWGER). ILO is the convener of the livelihood and economic recovery group
• UNISDR Local Governance Alliance for DRR. The ITC/ILO is member of the Advisory Group since May 2008
• GFDRR. ILO and WB signed a joint statement (June 2009) to work more closely on global disaster risk reduction and livelihoods by reinforcing the collaboration to address the consequences of natural hazards and rebuild livelihoods in the aftermath of disasters, promoting innovative joint initiatives at the field level to help disaster prone countries
• Member of IAWSC Working Group on Preparedness

National Counterpart

Labour, Economic and Social Affairs ministries, Workers’ organizations, Employers’ organizations.

Making disaster risk reduction a policy priority, institutional strengthening (HFA 1)

View 2011 ILO DRR profile

ILO/UNEP/ITUC/IOE “Green Jobs Initiative” for (i) modelling climate change policies and assessing their impacts on employment, incomes and livelihoods, (ii) promoting Green Jobs in post disaster recovery initiatives and (iii) protecting employment & livelihoods at risk encouraging resilience, prevention and preparedness.

Education, information and public awareness (HFA 3)

TRAINING initiative ILO-ITC/ILO-CRISIS/UNISDR on “Disaster Risk Reduction within the framework of Sustainable Local Development”, it also looks at post-disaster reconstruction and identifies recovery as one of the key opportunities for reducing disaster risk (in 4 languages E, F, S, P).

Reducing underlying risk factors (HFA 4)

Among the highlights are the following:
• ILO’s response to Haiti earthquake;
• ILO’s response to typhoons in the Philippines;
• Participation to several Post-disaster Damage and Needs Assessments (PDNAs) in (e.g. Pakistan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Fiji, etc.).

Disaster Risk Reduction Focal Point(s)

ILO/CRISIS – ILO Geneva: ;
ITC/ILO – Delnet EMLD (Turin, Italy):

This website provides information on ILO/CRISIS operations and links to ILO’s technical publications and websites.
This website provides information on the ITC/ILO training initiatives and links to the Delnet Local Development platforms.

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