High-level seminar

Integrating Trade and Decent Work: What Works and Why?

The high-level seminar will present key findings from the SUPPORT project, focusing on aligning trade policies with labour market institutions for sustainable development. The event features a high-level panel, including ILO, UNCTAD, and WTO representatives, to discuss innovative strategies and best practices in the trade-labor nexus.


This seminar will unveil the key findings of the comprehensive project conducted by the ILO Research Department, known as SUPPORT (Supportive domestic policies for better social, labour market, and sustainable enterprise outcomes). The primary objective of this project is to foster sustainable development by aligning trade policies and domestic labour market institutions so as to reduce inequalities, gaps in social protection and poverty.
During the event, we will delve into the findings and outcomes of two new publications from the SUPPORT project on "Integrating Trade and Decent Work":
  • Volume 1: "Has trade led to better jobs? Findings based on the ILO’s Decent Work Indicators”.
  • Volume 2: "The potential of trade and investment policies to address labour market Issues in supply chains”.

Focus of the Seminar

The seminar will focus on understanding the pivotal role that trade policies and labour market institutions play in promoting sustainable development. This includes innovative strategies and best practices that promote cooperation and dialogue on sustainability issues, and adherence to international labour standards within the framework of trade. It will also address the impact of these instruments on institutional capacity building and labour market outcomes in partner countries, identifying areas for stronger institutional complementarities.

Format and Venue

The seminar will feature an interactive high-level panel exchange format. Our distinguished panellists, including high-profile representatives from the ILO, UNCTAD, WTO, and tripartite constituents, will explore innovative strategies and best practices, shedding light on the instrumental role that trade policies play in advancing equitable and sustainable global development. We anticipate a diverse group of attendees, including delegates from missions to the ILO and WTO in Geneva, representatives from employers’ and workers’ organizations, as well as members of civil society and academia.


15:30-15:40 | Opening Remarks
• Mr. Richard Samans, ILO Research Department
• Ms. Katrien de Pauw, Acting General Representative, Delegation of Flanders, Permanent Mission of Belgium to the UN in Geneva
15:40-16:00 | Integrating Trade and Decent Work Volume I and II
• Synopsis from contributing authors
16:00-17:30 | Roundtable discussion
• Q&A from the audience

The seminar will be followed by a light reception

Confirmed Panellists:

  • Ms. Celeste Drake, Deputy Director-General, ILO
  • Mr. Yuvan A. Beejadhur, Senior Advisor, WTO
  • Mr. Richard Kozul-Wright, Director, UNCTAD Division on Globalization and Development Strategies
  • Ms. Alison Tate, Director Economic and Social Policy, ITUC
  • Ms. Sonya Jahani, Board Member, Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • H.E Mr. Fernando Espinosa, Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Mexico to the UN Office in Geneva
  • Ms. Jane Nalunga, Executive Director, SEATINI, Uganda


Please register your attendance whether in-person or online.

For physical attendance by external audience, please contact:
Sarah Alvarez alvarezs@ilo.org

For online-only attendance, register HERE.