April 2019_High-Level Symposium on the Future of Work

From: 29 Apr. 2019 To: 29 Apr. 2019
Dubai, UAE




0900: Opening Remarks by H.E. Mr. W.A. Chulananda Perera, Secretary, Ministry of Telecommunications, Foreign Employment and Sports, Government of Sri Lanka, Chair-in-Office, Abu Dhabi Dialogue


0915: Session 1: The ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work Report: Work for a Brighter Future

Led by Sangheon Lee, Director, Employment Policy Department, ILO

This session will introduce the Commission’s report, with focus on its major recommendations (three pillars of investment: people’s capabilities, institutions of work, and decent and sustainable work) which are of particular relevance to the participating countries of ADD. It will be followed by general and broad comments by the participants, which will set the scene for more policy- or action-oriented discussions in Session 2.


0945: Session 2: Integrating the Three Pillars of Investment into National Policies for a Better Future of Work

Led by Sangheon Lee

This session will invite the participants to discuss strategies and approaches for improving national employment and labour policies in light of the three pillars of investment and share good or promising practices with the symposium. In doing so, the session will develop a common understanding of possible future policy options and how these policies can be operationalized and implemented in different circumstances. ILO’s technical expertise will be made available to facilitate the discussion.


1045: Coffee Break


1115: Session 2 (Continued)


1300:  Lunch at the Blue Orange Restaurant


1400: Session 3: Cooperating on the Future of Work in the Abu Dhabi Dialogue’s Collaborative Agenda on the Governance of Labour Mobility

Led by Michelle Leighton, Chief, Labour Migration Branch, ILO

This session will focus on how to strengthen the governance of labour mobility in light of the commission report, especially through more effective cooperation and partnership within the region, and between regions. Good practice guidance and examples will be shared. Participants will be invited to discuss specific areas of cooperation, including on skills development / recognition and social protection. ILO’s technical expertise will be made available to facilitate the discussion.


1545: Coffee Break


1600: The Way Forward

Led by Sangheon Lee and Michelle Leighton

This session will identify key take-away messages, especially with a view to preparing for the forthcoming Abu Dhabi Dialogue Fifth Ministerial Consultation, and discuss how to continue to elaborate them in the coming months


1700: Closing


1900: Dinner Hosted by the UAE MoHRE

Open to all Delegations Attending the High-Level Symposium on The Future of Work on 29 April and the Senior Officials’ Meeting on 30 April

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Member Governments

Government of Afghanistan

Government of Bangladesh

Government of India

Government of Indonesia

Government of Kuwait

Government of Malaysia

Government of Nepal

Government of Oman

Government of Pakistan

Government of Philippines

Government of Saudi Arabia

Government of Sri Lanka

Government of Thailand

Government of United Arab Emirates

Government of Vietnam


Observer Governments

Government of Switzerland

Government of Tajikistan


International Organisation Delegations

International Labour Organization

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