At four-yearly intervals, the American Regional Meeting brings together the political, economic and social actors from the countries of the Region. This Seventeenth Meeting will focus particularly on the themes taken up in the Director-General's report, which sets out the basis for the discussions and for strategic planning for the ILO's programme for the Region in the years to come.
This Regional Meeting is intended to provide a forum for tripartite delegations to express their opinions on the themes addressed by the Report prepared by the Director-General of the ILO for this meeting.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) held its XVth Regional Meeting of ILO member States in the Americas to seek a "productive solution" to the region's labour troubles, at a time when the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean are facing a situation marked by a rise in unemployment, an increase in poverty and a pronounced decline in social and labour conditions.
The delegates at meeting agreed that "finding decent work constitutes one of the most immediate priorities for the people in the Americas". They recognized that economic growth was a necessary but insufficient condition to generate decent work and pointed out that, in addition, it required "the application of economic policies that will promote an increase of productivity and guarantee the macroeconomical stability needed to stimulate savings and investments".