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ILO director-general urges greater social justice on first official visit to South Africa

PRETORIA, South Africa, (ILO News) – Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Gilbert F. Houngbo, has concluded his first official visit to South Africa, during which he emphasized the need for greater social justice.

He held discussions with President Cyril Ramaphosa on the way forward for the ILO’s work in South Africa. The director-general also presented his vision for a Global Coalition for Social Justice, that would contribute to the reduction and prevention of inequalities and help ensure that social justice is prioritized in national and global policymaking and activities.

During his stay the director-general also met officials from the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC), government, business, labour and community representatives, the United Nations Resident Coordinator and the United Nations Country Team in South Africa.

Discussions covered the just transition to greener economies, social protection, youth employment and the Africa Continental Free Trade Area.

“We owe it to our future generations to coordinate efforts in realizing a fair and safe working environment without leaving anyone behind, and this is what social justice is about. If we want to achieve shared prosperity, inclusive growth and universal and lasting peace, we first have to achieve social justice. Social justice helps societies, economies and households become more resilient to socio-economic and environmental shocks, geopolitical instability and global health crises,” Houngbo said.

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