GENEVA, May 28 (KUNA) -- The Director General of UN International Labour Organization (ILO) Guy Ryder expressed his hopes on Monday that the suffering of workers in Arab territories, which is occupied by Israeli forces, would end.
Ryder made his remarks during the opening of annual conference of ILO, noting that the conditions of Palestinian workers under Israeli occupation have been monitored in a detailed report, which was produced he sent a mission to Palestine last month to write down their observations.
The UN official expressed his concern about the humanitarian suffering and loss of life in Gaza, while expressing his firm conviction that there is much that the ILO can do "within the framework of its mandate in framework of cooperation with parties involved directly to address the harsh reality facing workers in the regions." The ILO is proud by its standard committee, which was described as the backbone of each session of the Conference, as well as ILO supervisory system, which had successfully completed its work in the last three sessions of the Conference after serious difficulties in previous years.
This year's slogan for the conference was "Jobs for Peace," which coincides with the 20th anniversary of the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.
"This slogan comes at a time when the world is witnessing a new climate full of terrible suffering that has caused many conflicts in the world," Ryde added.
Ryder also linked this suffering to what he described as the collective failure of millions of people in helping those desperately in need of help, despite widespread of violations to human rights standards and basic principles of democratic life.
He also stressed the need to strengthen international cooperation through pluralism to counter claims that pluralism violates national sovereignty and that it is ineffective. (end) ta.mb