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and Employment mandates from the
Third Summit of the Americas
XXXI OAS General Assembly
San José, Costa Rica, June 3-5, 2001
During the General Assembly the following resolutions were
1809 (XXXI-O/01) Twelfth Inter-American Conference of
Ministers of Labor
This Resolution notes the convening of the Twelfth
Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor, to be
held in Ottawa, Canada, from October 17 to 19, 2001. The
Secretary General is asked to lend technical and
secretariat support for the execution of the preparatory
meetings and in follow up to the mandates from the Second
and Third Summits of the Americas in the area of labor. At
the same time, the Resolution recommends to Member States
that they, with the support of the Unit for Social
Development and Environment and in coordination with the
Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development
(IACD), encourage the development of multilateral projects
linked to Summit mandates.
Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor
The XII Inter-American Conference of
Ministers of Labor took place in Ottawa, Canada, on October
17-19, 2001. Ministers met to discuss a wide range of issues from the
impact of the events of September 11th on the economic and
social well-being of working men and women of the hemisphere
to the labor and employment dimensions of the Summit process.
Ministers also heard presentations from Cesar Gaviria,
Secretary General of the OAS, the Director General of the
International Labor Organization (ILO), as well as other
international organizations such as the Pan-American Health
Organization (PAHO), the UN Economic Commission on Latin
America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and the Inter-American
Development Bank (IDB). The
OAS provided technical secretariat support to the meeting.
The focus of the
meeting was the adoption by Ministers of the Ottawa
Declaration and Plan of Action that, among other
initiatives, created two working groups.
The first, Labor Dimensions of the Summit of the
Americas process will the chaired by Uruguay. The group will examine questions of globalization related to
employment and labor to identify areas of consensus to work
collectively and other issues requiring further analysis.
The second group is dedicated to institutional
strengthening of labor ministries in order better enforce
approved a statement against international terrorism and a
declaration of support for the peace process in Colombia.
The next Inter-American Conference on Ministers of
Labor will be held in Brazil in 2003.
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the following links to see the Ottawa Declaration and Plan of
For more information on this
Conference, please see the following Web
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