Welcome Message

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It is my honor and privilege to open the beginning of the International Forum on Transforming Cities for Decent Work 2019.

The International Forum on Transforming Cities for Decent Work is a meaningful venue where cities around the world, labor-related international organizations and labor experts come together to discuss the shared values of ‘respect for labor’ and to develop policies to improve the lives of workers.

In 2017, the representatives of city governments, including ILO Director-General Guy Ryder, have agreed to head in the direction of creating higher-quality jobs rather than simply aiming for an increased number of jobs. Last year, together with 15 cities and 17 labor-specialized institutions and academia around the world, we shared labor policies and established the role of city government under the theme ”Inequality of Work and Union City”. The cities also agreed upon creating the Decent Work City Network (DWCN), the first inter-city international organization in the field of labor. The Network will operate with official support from the ILO and hold its inaugural assembly at the forum.

This year we will be holding the third forum in Seoul on 3 to 4 December under the theme “Work for a Brighter Future” discussed at the Centenary Session of the ILO. More than 40 cities around the world will participate and address various topics such as investment in workers' capabilities, social protection, equal pay for equal work, shortening working hours, protection of safety and health at work, violence and harassment in the world of work adopted by the ILO Centenary Conference, and jobs of tomorrow including platform work, freelancers and gig economy. Through such policy exchanges and in-depth discussions, we shall aim for improving the lives of workers around the world.

Dear Honorable All, let us unite as one, and take the noble step of creating a worker-centered world through cooperation and solidarity.

I look forward to welcoming you in Seoul this December.

Park Wonsoon
Mayor of Seoul

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Overview

Name

International Forum on Transforming Cities for Decent Work 2019

Theme

Work for a Brighter Future

Date

3-4 December 2019

Venue

Multi-purpose Hall (8F), Seoul City Hall

Organized by

Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG)

Supported by

International Labour Organization (ILO)

Participation

40-45 cities from the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Africa

Program

Day 1 _ Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 11:00 ~ 20:00

Multi-Purpose Hall (8F), Seoul City Hall

Day 2 _ Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 9:30 ~ 15:50

Multi-Purpose Hall (8F), Seoul City Hall

Speakers

* Detailed Biography and presentation files can be found when you click the photo of the each speakers.

Keynote Address

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Tim Dunlop

Author, Speaker, Commentator

Tim Dunlop is a best-selling author, an in-demand public speaker, and a regular contributor to The Guardian Australia and other magazines and newspapers. His work has been published around the world and in translation. He speaks and writes on matters to do with media, politics, and technology and the future of work. He is also a subject coordinator at the postgraduate Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne. Tim has a background in business and a PhD in Communications/Political Philosophy. He speaks at international conferences and events and is often used as a ‘thought catalyst’ to inject a fresh, future-focused perspective into proceedings.

Session 1

Universal Social Protection and Guarantee of Rights

  • Building an effective lifelong learning ecosystem that enables workers to acquire skills
  • Devising policies for young people to enter the labor market and supporting the continuing economic activities of the older workers
  • Providing universal social protection coverage in all forms of work, including self-employment
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Joohee Lee

Professor of Ewha Woman‘s University

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Aline Cardoso

Municipal Secretary of Economic Development and Labor

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Johanna Loukaskorpi

Deputy Mayor, City of Tampere

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Sung Man Suh

Director-General of Labor & Livelihood security Policy Bureau

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Jane Taylor

Head of Service for Employment, Skills and Learning

Session 2

Decent Wage and Equal Opportunities in the Labor Market

  • Non-discrimination through equal pay for equal work
  • Provision of an adequate living wage, ways to root out forced labor that stem from working poverty and low wages
  • Shortening working hours and expanding time sovereignty to achieve a balance between work and personal life
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Hyewon Kwon

Professor of Dongduk Women's University

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Lisa Salazar

Workforce Development Policy Director

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Andy Foster

Mayor of Wellington

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Martin Bernard

Desk Officer for Korea, Japan and Oceania of the Ministry of International Relations and La Francophonie

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Lynn Collins

Strategic Relations and Engagement Advisor

Session 3

Realizing a Safe and Healthy Workplace for All

  • Enabling human working conditions through the law enforcement on harassment at work
  • Protecting the worker against sickness, disease, and injury arising out of his employment and fostering an industrial safety- and labor safety-city
  • Fostering safe and healthy workplace through the protection policy for emotional laborers
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Byoung-Hoon Lee

Professor of Chung-Ang university

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Carolee C. Kubo

City and County of Honolulu Department of Human Resources Director

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Colleen Bridger

Assistant City Manager

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Erzsébet Gy Németh

Deputy Mayor of Budapest

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Sam Williamson

Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, Board Chair

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Cristina Pinho

Director of the Department of the Health, Hygiene and Safety

Session 4

Platform Work and Work of Tomorrow

  • Solutions to the diversification in forms of employment: workers in the gig economy and sharing economy and automation
  • Fair treatment of workers and the protection of workers’ rights: labor laws for platform workers and freelancers
  • Improvement of working conditions by utilizing digital technology
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Byung-You Cheon

Professor of Hanshin University

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Afaf Gabelotaud

Deputy Mayor of Paris, Employment Policies

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Jong-jin Kim

Korea Labour & Society Institute (KLSI) Vice President

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Benjamin Holt

Deputy Commissioner, Office of Labor Policy and Standards

City Governments Roundtable

  • Discussion on the establishment of the Decent Work City Network (DWCN) and its operational regulations
  • Discussion on cooperative measures in building a ‘Decent Work City Labor Model’
  • Composition of executive council of the DWCN

City Delegates

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Wellington/New Zealand

Andy Foster

Mayor

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Dakar/Senegal

Cheikh Gueye

Mayor of the Commune of Dieppeul-Derklé and Vice-Mayor of Dakar

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Bamako/Mali

Harimakan Keita

Deputy Mayor

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Bangkok/Thailand

Sakoltee Phattiyakul

Deputy Governor of Bangkok

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Budapest/Hungary

Erzsébet Gy Németh

Deputy Mayor

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San Antonio/U.S.A.

Colleen Bridger

Assistant City Manager

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Chefchaouen/Morocco

Nabel Chliyah

The Deputy Mayor of Chefchaouen

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Paris/France

Afaf Gabelotaud

Deputy Mayor of Paris, Employment Policies

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Tampere/Finland

Johanna Loukaskorpi

Deputy Mayor, Welfare Services, City of Tampere

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New York/U.S.A.

Sandra Abeles

First Deputy Commissioner, New York City Department of Consumer and Work

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Los Angeles/U.S.A.

Lisa Salazar

City of Los Angeles – Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, Workforce Development Policy Director

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Liverpool/U.K.

Lynn Collins

Strategic Relations and Engagement Advisor

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Lisbon/Portugal

Cristina Pinho

Director of the Department of Health, Hygiene and Safety

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Montevideo/Urguay

Serrana Castro Mendizábal

Executive Coordinator of Employability Secretary for Social Inclusion

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Bristol/U.K.

Jane Taylor

Head of Service for Employment, Skills and Learning

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Vientiane/Laos

Do Ih VIRANAM

Director of Vientiane Capital Skill Development Center (VSDC), Department of Labor and Social Welfare of Vientiane Capital

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Sao Paulo/Brazil

Aline Cardoso

Municipal Secretary of Economic Development and Labor

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Sao Paulo/Brazil

Berenice Maria Giannella

Municipal Secretary for Human Rights and Citizenship

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Ontario/Canada

Sonja Panday

Counsellor (Economic Affairs - Ontario), Embassy of Canada

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Doha/Qatar

Fawaz Mohammed Al-Rayis

Director of Recruitment Department

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Colombo/Sri Lanka

Thercy Devika Abeysuriya

Deputy Director Engineering (Works)

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Kuala Lumpur/Malaysia

Ahmad Fairuz Bin Ahmad Bustamam

Cheif Assistant Director of Human Resources Department

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Quebec/Canade

Martin Bernard

Desk Officer for Korea, Japan and Oceania of the Ministry of International Relations and La Francophonie

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Kyiv/Ukraine

Oleh Bondarchuk

Deputy of Kyiv City Council, Head of Commission of Kyiv City Council on Law Enforcement and Prevention of Corruption

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Quito/Ecuador

Nora Guzman

Director of Human Resources Department

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Phnom Penh/Cambodia

Hay Huot

Vice Governor

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Pittsburgh/U.S.A.

Sam Williamson

Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, Board Chair

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Honolulu/U.S.A.

Carolee C. Kubo

City and County of Honolulu Department of Human Resources Director

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Gwangju/Korea

Kyung Ho Kim

Director, Labor Cooperation

VENUE

Address

Multi-Purpose Hall (8F),
Seoul City Hall
110, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Subway

Line 1, 2
City Hall Station Exit 4

Line 2
Euljiro Station Exit 1
Exit of the Underground Connection at City Hall Station

Bus

City Hall (Deoksugung) Station
B-Bus – 103, 150, 401, 402,406, N16
G-Bus – 1711, 7016, 7022

City Hall Square Station
B-Bus – 172, 472, N62

Press Center Station
Airport – 6701
Jongno 09, Jongno 11

City hall (Seoul Sinmun) Station
Airport – 6005

International Forum on Transforming Cities for Decent Work 2018

Date

11-12 December 2018

Venue

Multi-purpose Hall (8F), Seoul City Hall

Theme

Inequality of Work and Union City

Session 1 _ City Experiments for Decent Work
Session 2 _ Social Protection and Strengthening Labor Rights in Urban Contexts
Session 3 _ Seizing the Opportunity in Rapidly Changing Labor Market
Session 4 _ Future of Work and Decent Work City
Roundtable _ The Role of Cities in Decent Work (Proposal for the DWCN)

Keynote Address

Addressing Inequality and the Fissured Workplace through the Union City

David Weil
An economist and the dean and professor at the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University
- The Former U.S. Wage and Hour Administrator at the Department of Labor during the Obama administration
- The author of The Fissured Workplace

Special Speech

Future of Work and New Policies: Seizing the Opportunity

Sangheon LEE
Director, Employment Policy Department, International Labour Office (ILO)

ILO Vision of Decent Work City

Tomoko Nishimoto
Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, International Labour Organization (ILO)

Cities

Total 15 (13 Int’l, 2 Domestic)

Institutions

Total 18 (Public institutions, unions & academia)