Today, labor issues are increasingly at the center of the economic, political and social agendas of the region. It is the lack of employment generation coupled with the need to improve labor standards regionally that stand in the way of alleviating the severe poverty that nearly 180 million peoples throughout the Americas live in. In order to break the cycle of poverty that so many endure, it is imperative to create stable and productive jobs accompanied by adequate social protections. The Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor, supported by the OAS, is the primary forum for decision making regarding labor matters in the Western Hemisphere. Through this conference, the appropriate priorities and approaches are formulated in order to guide cooperation activities that are necessary to face the regions labor challenges.