Statement by H.E. Ambassador Koro Bessho, Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations, at the UN High-level Meeting and Interactive Dialogue on the Future of Work On the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the ILO

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Madam President,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
At the outset, I would like to congratulate the ILO on its centenary and to appreciate the dedication of Member States, the ILO Secretariat, and the workers and employers involved in the activities of the ILO. I would also like to appreciate the leadership of the UN Secretary General to promote UN reform to strengthen the mandate of and partnership among the international organizations including the ILO.
 
Japan is fully committed to the ILO’s goal of realizing a brighter “Future of Work”. Japan will continue to work with the ILO as a founding member and a permanent member of its governing body. Taking this opportunity, allow me to introduce some of Japan’s efforts concerning the “Future of Work”.
 
Japan is facing enormous structural changes such as a declining birthrate and an aging population, which in turn are resulting in a decreasing working-age population. In order to address this challenge, Japan is carrying out “Work Style Reform” with a view to creating a society where everyone can make the most of their abilities. This is consistent with the “Future of Work Initiative” by the ILO. 
 
On February 1st, we organized a Symposium in Japan commemorating the ILO Centenary, which provided an opportunity to exchange views among the Government, workers and employers on the Future of Work. 
 
This year, as G20 presidency, Japan is determined to have the upcoming G20 Osaka Summit in June deliver a strong message to lead global economic growth by promoting free trade and innovation and to reduce disparities. In addition, we wish to discuss responses to aging and gender equality as well as to share national policy experiences on new forms of work at the G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting in September.
 
Japan will maximize these and other opportunities to send a powerful message to the international community to lead the way in realizing an inclusive and sustainable society where everyone can fully make the most of their abilities. 
 
At today’s event, I look forward to exchanging views on policies and experiences in each country. I sincerely hope for this symposium to be fruitful for all. 
 
I thank you.