ILO to promote decent work in Small Island Developing States at SIDS Conference in Samoa

Media advisory | Apia, Samoa | 25 August 2014
SUVA - The International Labour Organization (ILO) will call for greater emphasis on decent job creation as a path to sustainable development at the United Nations Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Conference in Apia, Samoa from 1-4 September 2014.

The SIDS Conference, convened under the theme Sustainable Development through Genuine and Durable Partnership, will focus international attention on a group of countries that remain a special case for sustainable development in view of their unique and particular vulnerabilities.

ILO Deputy Director-General Gilbert Houngbo will head the ILO delegation and is due to participate in a number of SIDS 2014 events detailed below. Interviews with DDG Houngbo and regional experts can be arranged ahead of and during the Conference.

Two ILO reports, Decent Work and Social Justice in Pacific Small Island Developing States – Challenges, Opportunities and Policy Responses and Decent Work in Caribbean Small Island Developing States have been prepared for the Conference.

The reports argue that decent employment, providing adequate livelihoods, social protection and respect for worker rights, is an essential element of environmental, social and economic sustainability.

The ILO will also host two SIDS 2014 side events, with the first on Monday 1 September on Promoting Closer Economic Integration for Full Employment and Decent Work in the Caribbean followed on 3 September by a session with the World Bank on Sustainable development, labour markets and labour migration in the Pacific.

The SIDS Conference will be held from 1-4 September 2014 at the Faleata Sports Complex in Apia, Samoa. Pre Conference activities will take place in the town of Apia from the 28th to the 30th of August. This includes a Youth Forum on 28 August, to which the ILO will participate.

For further information and to arrange an interview, please contact Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson at or +685 7576397, or the ILO Department of Communication at

Key ILO events at SIDS 2014

ILO events will take place both at the Pre-Conference venues at the To’oa Salamasina Hall and the TATTE building. The SIDS Village is at the SIDS Venue.

27th August: ILO Youth Advocacy Training: This training will prepare young people to engage effectively at the SIDS Youth Forum and to advance their issues in the main forum through effective advocacy skills training.

28th August: SIDS Youth Forum: The Forum will feature a session on Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship, facilitated by ILO.

30th-31st August: Private Sector Forum: ILO will be part of a partnership launch that will be announced by the Tindall Foundation Spokesperson. The partnership is on entrepreneurship skills training for young farmers.

1st September (all times are local Samoa time):

ILO DDG to participate to the official opening of the SIDS Village

ILO DDG to visit young artists and farmers who are part of the ILO/UNDP Youth Employment Programme.

Side Event: Promoting Closer Economic Integration for Full Employment and Decent Work in the Carribbean. (Trinidad and Tobago/ILO)

2nd September:
Launch of the Decent Work and Social Justice in Pacific SIDS publication by ILO.

3rd September:
Side Event: Sustainable development, labour markets and labour migration in the Pacific. (World Bank/ILO)

Additional Events:
ILO DDG will be conducting side visits to ILO project sites during his visit.