In 2012, young voices calling for social justice and the opportunity for a decent job continue to grow in number. Young people are three times more likely to be unemployed than adults; worldwide over 75 million youth are looking for work.
On Febuary 20, the ILO is inviting you to share your message for World Day of Social Justice – a message of hope, a call to the international community, advice for others – you decide. Watch our new video 'Voices of Youth on Social Justice' featured on the Voices of Social Justice Page, share your voice on our YouTube channel and engage with the youth employment issue at Facebook.com/youth.ilo.
The International Day of Cooperatives addresses the need for all cooperative stakeholders to promote the participation of young people in the cooperative movement.This year's theme highlights how the cooperative model of enterprise can successfully empower youth. It links to the celebration of the United Nations International Year of Youth, which encourages dialogue and understanding across generations and promotes the ideals of peace, respect for human rights and freedoms, and solidarity .
The 2011 World Day Against Child Labour will provide a global spotlight on hazardous child labour, and call for urgent action to tackle the problem.
World Day in 2011 focused on the implementation of an Occupational Safety and Health Management System (OSHMS) as a tool for continual improvement in the prevention of workplace incidents and accidents. Marking the day, ILO Office for Japan has created a Japanese portal page listing links to relevant information including past year events of the Day, ILO 2001 Guidelines on occupational safety and health management systems and OSHMS in Japan, thematic information on occupational safety and health as well as Japanese translation of the 2011 World Day report and other related materials.
The 2011 World Day for Safety and Health at Work focuses on the implementation of an Occupational Safety and Health Management System (OSHMS) as a tool for continual improvement in the prevention of workplace incidents and accidents. The ILO has prepared a report to serve as a background to this theme, a poster and other promotional materials for the occasion and invites you to join us in promoting this important day.
Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. This year UN-Water is dedicating World Water Day in 2011 to the theme of ‘Water and Urbanisation’, reflecting the importance of water in ever-growing urban populations around the world. Events around the world will spotlight the impact of rapid urban population growth, industrialization and uncertainties caused by climate change, conflicts and natural disasters on urban water systems.
The year 2011 marks the centenary of International Women’s Day, and the theme of the ILO’s celebrations is: "Making the crisis recovery work for women!" as we will endeavour to show the importance of including women in recovery policies after the financial crisis.
Voices calling for social justice continue to find new resonance at all levels of society. But what does the term actually mean? Throughout 2010, the ILO Voices on Social Justice Project posed precisely that question to a wide range of leaders, commentators, academics and activists.
This year's theme is "Keeping the promise: Mainstreaming disability in the Millennium Development Goals towards 2015 and beyond". It aims to ensure that disability and the concerns of people with disabilities are included in the commitments to end global poverty made by the international community. The inclusion of persons with disabilities in all development activities is essential to realizing the MDGs and other development goals. This year’s Day will serve as a reminder to governments, global leaders, policy-makers and other stakeholders to keep up their efforts on behalf of disability-inclusive development.