Building synergy in disaster risk reduction and emergency response, promoting decent work and inclusive livelihoods

Press release | 03 November 2021
video of the speech - Mr. Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General
Beijing CHINA (ILO News) - On 3 November 2021, Mr Guy Ryder, Director General of ILO, virtually attended the Belt and Road Ministerial Forum for International Cooperation in Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Management organized by the Ministry of Emergency Management of China and delivered a keynote speech.

He highlighted the importance of the Forum in providing a platform for discussion of solutions and and building of synergies among countries on disaster risk reduction and emergency management and promotion of human-centred, inclusive, sustainable, and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. He pointed out that, as the largest developing country, the second largest economy and home to over one fifth of the world’s labour force, China’s commitment and leadership on safety and health at work is critical for the world.

Stressing the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the world of work and the exposed and deepened existing vulnerabilities and inequalities as a consequence, he called on countries to work together to develop coherent international crisis emergency preparedness and response plans. In this endeavour, the ILO’s Recommendation 205 on Employment and Decent Work for Peace and Resilience (2017) is a powerful instrument that guides Member States and the broader international community in responding to and recovering from the socio-economic impact of conflicts and disasters, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ILO and its constituents – Governments, workers’ and employers’ representatives – are playing a crucial role in addressing the impact of this crisis, to build a safer, healthier, and human-centred future of work with social justice for all."

Mr. Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General