Updated December 11, 2001

Labor and Employment
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Labor 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 approved:

  • AG/RES. 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.


XII 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 labor laws.   

Ministers also 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.

Please click on the following links to see the Ottawa Declaration and Plan of Action:

For more information on this Conference, please see the following Web page.

Updated December 11, 2001

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