Global South-South Development Expo 2018 South-South and Triangular Cooperation: Good Practices for Decent Work on ILO Flagship Programmes and Cross-cutting Policy Drivers towards BAPA+40

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Samoa among many Pacific Island Countries (PICs) is highly sensitive to climate variability and weather extremes, such as; tsunamis, tropical cyclones, sea level-rising, increased coastal flooding and erosion.

Facing new and complex challenges from the effects of climate change is the motivating factor in fostering South-South and triangular corporation (SSTC) approach to collaboratively initiating solutions that are transformative, and most importantly home-grown and relevant to PICs in promoting sustainable development, with the focus on improving decent work and climate resilience, thus contributing to the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, in particular SDG 8 on Decent Work, SDG 13 on Climate Change and SDG 17 on Partnerships.

The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour (MCIL), Chief Executive Officer Pulotu Lyndon Chu Ling is representing Samoa at the ILO Solution Forum in the GSSD Expo 2018 on Good practices on Decent Work in New York at the United Nations Headquarters.  This is the first time Samoa has ever taken part at this prestige conference.

This year, the ILO was honoured to have a distinguished panel comprised of:

  • Mr. Lyndon Chu Ling, Chief Executive Officer (Permanent Secretary) of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour of SAMOA
  • Mrs. Sasha Deer-Gordon, Director, Child Labour Unit, Ministry of Labour and Social Security, JAMAICA
  • Mrs. Nyaibor Ngombu, Senior Programme Officer, Mano River Union (MRU) and
  • MRs. Portia Kekana – Social Protection & Labour Market, Social Policy Expert

The panel discussed the importance of SSTC in projects that Samoa has been heavily involved in including the “Peer Learning Seminar on a Just Transition and Climate Resilience in Samoa” which contributes to ILO’s cross-cutting policy driver of Just Transition to environmental sustainability.   Other panel members shared good practices as well as; the elimination of child labour and forced labour, enhancing women entrepreneurs’ empowerment and resilience, jobs for peace and resilience, leadership and transformation curriculum on building and managing social protection etc.

The session showcased the importance of SSTC with national projects and how this cooperation modality has been contributing to the achievement of development results, including those related to Decent Work Agenda, and the Sustainable Development Goals. Against this backdrop, the panelists emphasised on the needs to scale up the effective application of SSTC in the next development projects.

In regards to the BAPA+40, Mr. Chu Ling recommended incorporating issues related to climate change and environmental sustainability, with a focus in the Pacific. He also highlighted the importance of promoting knowledge-sharing platforms among countries in the region, especially those are being exposed to rising sea levels, regarding climate change issues. Ms. Rie Vejs-Kjeldgaard, Director, Partnerships and Field Support Department, ILO reiterated ILO’s full commitment to the promotion of SSTC in its initiatives, especially the five flagship programmes and among its constituents (governments, employers and workers), and towards the BAPA+40, hosted by the Republic of Argentina in Buenos Aires in March 2019.