Sustaining peace through employment and decent work

Date issued: 21 September 2022 |

On the International Day of Peace 2022, the ILO reaffirms its commitment to peace and launches an animated video on “Sustaining Peace through employment and decent work”.

The ILO was founded by a peace treaty in 1919 with the mandate that there can only be universal and lasting peace if it is based upon social justice. In this new video, we look at the pathways through which decent work and employment can address key conflict drivers in the framework of the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus, allowing communities to move from fragility to resilience, from conflict to sustaining peace.

The animated video covers the following questions:
  1. Introduction: The ILO mandate on sustaining peace through employment and decent work
  2. The vicious cycle and virtuous circle of crisis and sustaining peace in the world of work
  3. How should the ILO engage in fragile settings?
  4. What is the role of the ILO in the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus?
  5. What does is it mean to contribute to the P of the Nexus?
  6. How can we distinguish a conflict-insensitive intervention from one that is actively contributing to peace?
  7. How can decent work explicitly contribute to peace?
  8. Conclusion: The ILO mandate on sustaining peace
In collaboration with Member States, tripartite constituents, international and national partners, and with the direct involvement of local populations and stakeholders, a three-fold approach to crisis response can allow for an immediate response centred on employment and livelihoods, which simultaneously stimulates and assists long-term sustainable socio-economic development in an inclusive and rights-based manner. At the same time, this approach ensures that decent work and social justice are promoted as key drivers of resilience and peace from the humanitarian phase, addressing the underlying factors of fragility that made the society and economy particularly vulnerable to external shocks in the first place. 

This video has been developed by the ILO with the support of Sweden (Sida) and of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA).