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GENEVA (ILO News) – On 1–2 July the ILO held five regional virtual events that addressed the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and how to build a better future of work.

The discussions were held ahead of three global events taking place between 7–9 July, that will bring together around 70 Heads of State and government, prominent global employer and trade union leaders, the UN Secretary-General and heads of other international organizations.

Over two days, government, employer and worker representatives and academia from across five regions – Africa, the Americas, the Arab States, Asia-Pacific and Europe – discussed the huge costs of the COVID-19 pandemic to their economies, labour markets and societies, and how different countries have responded.

Participants also shared views on how the ILO Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work, can serve as a roadmap for a human-centered, inclusive and sustainable recovery from the pandemic.

These exchanges will inform the global discussions during the summit – the largest ever online gathering of workers, employers and governments.

The pandemic has laid bare the extreme vulnerability of millions of workers and enterprises. According to the latest ILO Monitor: COVID-19 and the World of Work, there was a 14 per cent drop globally in working hours during the second quarter of 2020, equivalent to the loss of 400 million full-time jobs. The vast majority of the world’s workers (93 per cent) continue to live in countries with some sort of workplace closures.

Among the issues being discussed at the summit are:

Highlights from the regional events will be featured during the first global event on 7 July, along with interviews with ILO Regional Directors.

Addresses from Heads of State and government and prominent global employer and trade union leaders will be delivered on 8 July – Global Leaders Day. UN Secretary-General, António Guterres will also give an address.

On 9 July – ILO Constituents’ Day – ministers, workers’ and employers’ leaders from ILO member States will reflect on the previous days’ events and discuss the implementation of the ILO Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work in the context of the pandemic.

Journalists will be able to follow the discussions via the ILO Global Summit web page.