ByÂ Funmi Komolafe
GENEVA -Â Â The Director-General of the International Labour Organisation, ILO ,Â Mr. Juan Somavia,Â hasÂ called on nations of the world to reactivate the real economyÂ and create jobs as a way of emerging from the current global recession.
Somavia in a message to the 99th sessionÂ of the International Labour Conference said,Â â€œ the only sustainable way out of the crisis is by reactivatingÂ the real economy and creating employment.Â There is no other way.Â Despite the multiple uncertainties we face, we cannot lose this focusâ€.
The director-general under whose leadership the DecentÂ Work Agenda was initiated said, â€œ TheÂ world facesÂ not only a fiscal deficit, but also a huge deficitÂ of decent workâ€.
He said, â€œ Unemployment remains very high and the informal economy is widening.Â The most vulnerable sectors and the middle classes in many countriesÂ are highly insecure.Â Â Progress in equality between men and women is at risk if employment opportunitiesÂ for women deteriorate and young people everywhereÂ are wondering where they can find a jobâ€.
Mr. Somavia calledÂ on nations to promote â€œ productive investment, sustainable enterprises, decent work, fair wages and rising consumption and fiscal income, which lead to growthâ€.
He said in the next few weeks, the G20 will meet in Toronto and he hopes that â€œ they will build on the decisionsÂ taken at the summit of Pittsburgh under the leadership of President Obama, when they placeÂ quality jobs at the heart ofÂ recoveryâ€.
The ILO director-general spokeÂ just before leaders from the real economy- government, labour, emplozers and civil society- prepare to address the impact of the current economic and jobs crisesÂ on employment policy and the Millennium Development Goals ( MDGs) during two high-level panels convened for the conference.