ILO seeks global coalition on social justice
Director-General (DG) of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Gilbert Houngbo has called for a global coalition for social justice that would contribute to the reduction and prevention of inequalities.
Houngbo, who said this recently during his visit to Africa, also urged that social justice is prioritised in national and global policymaking and activities. He said if nations want to achieve shared prosperity, inclusive growth and universal and lasting peace, they first have to achieve social justice.
During his visit, the ILO DG centred his discussions on just transition to greener economies, social protection, youth employment and the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
He said: “We owe it to our future generations to coordinate efforts in realising a fair and safe working environment without leaving anyone behind. This is what social justice is about. Social justice helps societies, economies and households become more resilient to socio-economic and environmental shocks, geopolitical instability and global health crises.”
During his visit, he met with President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, where he came from.