GENEVA (ILO News) – The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have signed two supplementary agreements to promote the ILO’s Decent Work Country Programmes and the Global Labour University in South Africa.
Under the agreements, Germany will support specific thematic areas of the ILO’s Decent Work Agenda by contributing 3 million euros in 2009-2010 for combating child labour, creating youth employment and supporting the Better Work Programme as well as providing 180,000 euros for the Global Labour University in South Africa.
The two agreements strengthen the cooperation between Germany and the ILO and go beyond the initial agreement signed in June 2007.
The cooperation between BMZ and the ILO is based on the “BMZ Strategy Paper for Cooperation with the ILO in the field of Development Policy” from February 2003. The strategy paper states that “the primary goal of the cooperation of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) with the ILO is to make an important contribution towards implementing core labour standards in developing and transition countries”.
The Federal Republic of Germany is a long-time partner of the ILO in the field of technical cooperation, contributing more than USD 17 million since 2001 in projects such as small and medium enterprise promotion in Africa and social security in Asia.
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