At the occasion of the plenary sitting of the 107th Session of the International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, on 7 June 2018, Michael D. Higgins, the President of Ireland, gave a speech entitled ‘The International Labour Organisation – its noble origins, its new challenges, and its potential global role as catalyst’. An edited/abridged version has been published by "Social Europe" on 15 June 2018.
We recommend reading this contribution because EANPC’s position comes close to its main proposition "that peace can only be built, and can only be sustained, when it is founded on a just and equal economic order, one capable of meeting the needs and aspirations of all people, in their diversity."
Inequalities in wealth, income and power are seen both as a cause and as a consequence of war. "So, let us heed once again the lesson of a century ago that peace does not simply rest on common markets, come as residue or facilitating condition to the markets, but upon a global solidarity, intellectually powerful, built on adequate literacy of the economic and the fiscal, one dedicated to the realisation of social justice and equality for all our peoples, equality in all its forms, gender equality, economic equality, social equality, and equality of opportunity."
Source: Michael D. Higgins 2018
ILO As Global Catalyst. Social Europe, 15 June 2018
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