Second sitting

Monday, 6 June 2005
President: Mr. Alsalim

Statement by President, Mr. Alsalim

Our agenda this year further contains other fun- damental subjects such as youth employment, occupational safety and health and work in the fishing sector. All these subjects will require,from your part, an active commitment because they are vital for the forthcoming generations.

Report of the Secretary General, Mr. Somavia

We are also seeing our agenda connecting to people through the work of this Conference: developing an integrated framework for occupational safety and health standards; finalizing new and comprehensive standards for the world’s fishing industry; reviewing the impact of our standards on hours of work; engaging in the regular business of supervising application by Members of Conventions and Recommendations from Belarus to Nepal and, obviously Myanmar; ensuring that the 'Millennium generation' of young women and men find a pathway to decent work, to ensure that we do not have yet another lost generation.

Statement by Mr. BERZOINI (Minister of Labour and Employment, Brazil)

We are trying to overcome the tragedy which occurred between 1992 and 2002, We hope that by the end of this Conference, we shall have two new Conventions and two new Recommendations, concerning the fishing sector and safety and health at work. The Brazilian Government supports the adoption of these instruments with the aim of improving working conditions for workers and increasing the transparency in competition between employers.

Mr. MENDOZA (Worker, Philippines)

Addressing the concerns of workers in the fishing sector is equally important. The world over, fisher folks are subjected to harsh work conditions; de- spite advances in technology, they face life- threatening conditions every day.

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