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  September 23, 2005

Labor ministers from the 34 member countries of the Organization of American States (OAS) will meet next week in Mexico City to examine a range of issues related to labor policies, employment and globalization. The 14th Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor will take place September 26-27.

OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza and the Director General of the International Labour Organization, Juan Somavia, are among those who will speak at the opening session. Mexico’s Secretary of Labor and Social Welfare, Francisco Javier Salazar, will chair the meeting, which will take place at the Convention Center at the Hotel Sheraton Centro Histórico.

The Director of the OAS Office of Education, Science and Technology, Alice Abreu, will present a report on steps that have been taken to follow up on the commitments the countries made in the Plan of Action adopted at the last ministerial meeting. This OAS office has served as the technical secretariat of the Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor since 2004.

“People and their work at the heart of globalization” is the central theme of the meeting, which will include such topics as social dialogue as a tool to confront the social and labor effects of globalization; and the social and labor effects of public policies on employment and the fight against poverty.

The labor ministers expect to adopt a Declaration and Plan of Action of Mexico, which will be presented for the consideration of the hemisphere’s leaders at the Fourth Summit of the Americas. The Summit will take place November 4-5 in Mar del Plata, Argentina, and will focus on the theme “Creating Jobs to Fight Poverty and Strengthen Democratic Governance.”

Reference: E-210/05