Arab States

A voice

The economic and financial crises that hit the world in 2008 and the tragedy of mass unemployment they have created in many countries highlighted the relevance of the ILO and its vital role at the socio-economic level globally.

Nidal Katamine - Minister of Labour of Jordan
President of the International Labour Conference, 2013

We believe that the struggle for social justice starts here: protecting vulnerable workers. The transition to democracy that is under way in the Arab region proves that building productive and inclusive societies is a requirement for social stability. The principles of decent work must be at the heart of these transformations.

Nada Al-Nashif, ILO Regional Director for Arab States

Restoring growth, increasing its employment content and strengthening internal demand and making them less volatile in the future are essential for the successful pursuit of the Decent Work Agenda. As we work towards better functioning labour markets, special emphasis must be given to promote gender equality and integration of youth in labour markets.

The Arab Action Agenda for Employment
ILO Regional Office for Arab States website

In addition to official unemployment, we have disguised unemployment… We should move towards social justice in its comprehensive sense, not just in terms of wages.

Egyptian Minister of Planning, Ashraf al-Arabi, Sharm El-Sheikh , September 2013