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Workshop on national capacity to promote the inclusion of decent work in national strategies

Nacoes Unidas, Praia, May, 7th 2014 – Decent work is defined by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the international community as productive work for women and men, with respect for freedom, equality, security and human dignity.

The Programa Nacional de Trabalho Decente de Cabo Verde (PNTD) (National Programme for Decent Work in Cape Verde) was signed in 2011, with an implementation time span equivalent to the duration of the Estratégia de Crescimento e Redução da Pobreza (DECRP III) (Strategy to promote Growth and the Reduction of Poverty) and the Plano Quadro das Nações Unidas ao Desenvolvimento (UNDAF) (United Nations Development Framework) and identities the main impediments to decent work in the country: (i) unemployment persistence, particularly among women and youth; (ii) lack of social security reach; (iii) insufficient social dialogue; (iv) low capacity to monitor the implementation of certain international work norms. 

In this context, and considering the importance of employment in the guiding strategies for Cape Verde, the Ministry of Youth, Employment, and Human Resources Development, in partnership with the United Nations in Cape Verde, and under the leadership of ILO, organized a workshop on the capacity-building of national partners to promote the inclusion of decent work in the national strategic documents.

This workshop, which took place between the 6th and 8th May, in Praia, constituted an opportunity to conduct an assessment of DECRP III (2012-2016) and the United Nations Development Framework (UNDAF), based on the “Guia Prático para a Integração do Emprego e do Trabalho Decente” (Practical Guide for the Inclusion of Employment and Decent Work). This Guide allows other work to be conducted, on identifying favourable aspects that contribute towards creating decent work in Cape Verde.

In the opening ceremony, presided by the Minister of Youth, Employment, and Human Resources Development, Mrs. Janira Hopffer Almada, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Cape Verde, Ulrika Richardson, stated that this workshop was expected to encourage the discussion and inclusion of employment and decent work issues in national policies, relevant strategic national documents, through a joint effort by the United Nations Office, national politicians and all other development partners. Ulrika Richardson further highlighted how this Practical Guide is being implemented in other Portuguese-speaking countries, namely in the context of the South-South and Triangular cooperation, and how ILO is working with CPLP not only in the promotion of decent work, but also in the adjustment of existing models of good practises to the inclusion of decent work.

This “Practical Guide”, adopted in 2007, was developed by ILO at the request of the United Nations Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), a body comprising representatives from specialized UN agencies, the Bretton Woods institutions and the World Trade Organization (WTO).

According to Minister Janira Hopffer Almada, carrying out this workshop represents “a clear and unmistakable sign which demonstrates the concern to bring national policies in line with international commitments in this subject matter” and that the Guide represents a tool of outstanding importance in managing the labour market and promoting employment in the country.

“In addition to positive results we have already obtained, there is a need to strengthen the strategy of decent work inclusion in all sectors of activity in the country”, added the Minister.

The workshop lasted for 3 days, with the first being exclusively dedicated to national partners while the other two consisted of joint work between national representatives and the specialized UN agencies.

It is also important to note that, throughout the workshop, a list of recommendations will be drawn to promote the inclusion of the issue of decent work in the Development Framework of the United Nations (UNDAF) and which may guide the revision of UNDAF’s goals for the next months.

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