73 UNGA: Statement by Cuba at the High-level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on "The future of work" organized on the occasion of the centenary of the International Labor Organization (ILO). New York, 11 April 2019.

Madam President,

My delegation associates itself with the statement delivered by Costa Rica on behalf of GRULAC.

At the same time, we would like to thank you for convening this meeting on the occasion of the centenary of the International Labor Organization (ILO).

Madam President,

We recognize the work of the ILO in establishing labor standards, formulating policies and developing programmes to promote decent work for all. Proof of this can be found in the numerous conventions and recommendations prepared by the ILO's constituents (governments, employers and workers). 

We celebrate 100 years of the ILO with great challenges in the world of work. According to the International Labor Organization’s “World Employment Social Outlook, Trends 2019" Report, the number of workers living in extreme poverty is expected to remain above 114 million in the coming years and 174 million people will be unemployed by 2020. The gender gap in labor force participation is still wide. Three out of every five of the 3.5 billion people in the global labor force in 2018 were men.

Poverty eradication in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the biggest global challenge and an imperative. Increasing inequality between and within countries, illiteracy, lack of access to basic rights such as health, education, food, among other elements of the prevailing unjust international economic order are considerable obstacles if we are to achieve the sustainable development goals.

Madam President,

Cuba was one of the nine member countries of the Labor Committee to draft the ILO Constitution in 1919. Since then, our country has actively engaged in the work of the organization.

My country has ratified 90 Conventions, including the Eight ILO Core Conventions.

We will continue to support the important work of the International Labor Organization in terms of full and productive employment and decent work for all.

Cuba expresses its strong commitment to the search for a just, equitable and inclusive world in which the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda, in particular its Goal 8, is not a pipe dream but a reality.

Thank you very much.