The International Labour Organisation on Monday called on world leaders to come up with policies that would deliver decent work opportunities.
Mr Guy Ryder, ILO, Director-General made the call in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) to mark the 2017 World Day of Social Justice, which is celebrated every Feb.20.
NAN reports that the theme for the 2017 World Day of Social Justice is, “Preventing Conflict and Sustaining Peace through Decent Work.’’
Ryder said this was imperative to address the challenge of bridging the social and economic gaps, which have arisen as a result of growing inequality.
“Our shared challenge is to come up with the policy alternatives that can deliver the decent work opportunities on which the stability and success of our societies depend.
“We need solutions that lead away from conflict and towards recovery to economic growth with social progress, solutions that build institutions girded by labour standards that guarantee rights at work.
“In an interconnected world this is a global agenda and a global responsibility, ‘’ he said.
He said that the day was being marked as the World Day of Social Justice at a time of great global uncertainty.
He also noted that poverty and conflict had continued to affect lives of many people while more prosperous societies have seen inequalities widen.
Ryder, however, said that globalisation held out the promise of an era of prosperity but the benefits have been unevenly shared.
According to him, Paradoxically, while the world has become far better connected than ever before, seemingly unbridgeable social and economic gaps are opening up.
“Millions of people feel left behind and left out. They feel the absence of social justice in their daily lives.
“This includes children without secure future, parents without decent jobs and a general feeling of abandonment.
“A sense of injustice prevails in many quarters. The consequences for communities, societies and economies are grave.
“The lack of decent jobs and the fear that aspirations for a better life will remain unfulfilled is a powerful force driving people’s worries and feeding uncertainty. It leaves young people without a stake in society, ‘’ he added.
The ILO Director-General said these sentiments are all the more acute in situations of conflict, fragility and dislocation where three basic desires are often expressed.
He said the desires include to go home, to have the dignity of work and for children to be safe and in school.
“The ILO’s founding mandate originates from the principle: Si vis pacem, cole justatium: “If you seek peace, cultivate justice”.
“ These words are as compelling today as they were when written nearly one hundred years ago when the world was emerging from the ravages of war.
“Through our action in the world of work we join the UN family in re-committing to action in support of fair and inclusive societies that build a strong foundation of peace, ‘’ he said. (NAN)