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Ministers of Labor to Propose Actions to Address the Effects of COVID-19 on Employment and Promote Decent and Productive Work with Social Inclusion

  September 21, 2021

The XXI Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor (IACML) of the Organization of American States (OAS) will take place in virtual format on September 22-24 under the theme: "Building a more resilient world of work with sustainable development, decent work, productive employment, and social inclusion."

At the high-level meeting, ministers will propose hemispheric actions to address the devastating effects of COVID-19 on employment, seek ways to build a new and better world of work, and to develop more resilient, just and equitable societies. The agenda includes debates on the future of work; the articulation between labor, economic, education and health policies; the expansion of social protection; the centrality of institutionalized social dialogue to overcome the crisis; and the strengthening of Ministries of Labor to address emerging changes in the world of work, such as telework and the platform economy, among other issues.

The XXI IACML will be the first OAS Ministerial Labor Conference to be held virtually, and will be chaired by the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security of Argentina.

The ministerial meeting will be opened on Thursday 23 by:

• Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States;
• Claudio Omar Moroni, Minister of Labor, Employment and Social Security of Argentina;
• Colin Jordan, Minister of Labor and Social Partnership Relations of Barbados, Chair of XX IACML; and
• Guy Ryder, Director General of the International Labour Organization.

In addition, delegations of workers and employers represented in the two consultative bodies of the IACML, the Trade Union Technical Advisory Council (COSATE), and the Business Technical Advisory Committee on Labor Matters (CEATAL) will participate for the first time in a plenary session within the framework of the Conference, where they will be able to hold an open dialogue with ministers in this regional forum of tripartite dialogue.

The IACML is the oldest Conference of the OAS, it has been taking place uninterruptedly since 1963. Since then, the authorities of the employment portfolio have met periodically to set priorities in accordance with the regional reality.

The agenda for the ministerial meeting is available here.

Press Contact: Gina Ochoa (

WHAT: XXI Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor (IACML) of the Organization of American States

WHEN: September 22-24, 2021

Reference: AVI-110/21