Decent work is at the heart of the search for dignity for the individual, stability for the family and peace in the community

— Juan Somavia

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...180 million kids are engaged in the worst forms of child labour. Put it all together and it is not only morally unacceptable, but politically dangerous.

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We need new proactive policies that focus directly on how authorities in the public and private sphere can blend economic and social policies with an enabling environment for private initiative to create market opportunities for Decent Work.

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Labour markets are about people. And people have a right to be treated with dignity and respect.

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What we need is political leadership which can give guidance to the development of global governance. We need business leadership which goes beyond shareholder value to understand the needs and fears of other stakeholders and their communities.

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Nearly one billion women and men, a third of the world's workforce, are either unemployed or unable to earn enough to keep themselves out of extreme poverty. There are 100 million new entrants into the labour market each year. Up to 90 percent in some regions are in the informal economy. 180 million kids are engaged in the worst forms of child labour. Put it all together and it is not only morally unacceptable, but politically dangerous

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Migrants are an asset to every country where they bring their labour.

Let us give them the dignity they deserve as human beings and the respect they deserve as workers

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The emerging picture is one where slavery, oppression and exploitation of society's most vulnerable members have by no means been consigned to the past.

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I think the team that successfully puts together an economic and social policy framework for global full employment in decent working conditions based on local development, that would command the support of all stakeholders and all international organizations concerned, should be awarded the [Nobel] prize. I am sure they would get it not just for economics, but also for peace in the world.

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