This Report proposes a primary goal for the ILO in
this period of global transition — securing decent work for women
and men everywhere. It is the most widespread need, shared by people,
families and communities in every society, and at all levels of
development. Decent work is a global demand today, confronting
political and business leadership worldwide. Much of our common future
depends on how we meet this challenge.
The Report aims to focus the energies of the ILO on
this major problem of our time. It seeks to create a unity of purpose
among the three constituents — governments, workers and employers
— which will send a clear and distinctive message about the
Organization to public opinion at large.
It is also the second step in the process of reform
and modernization in the ILO. The first was initiated last March with
a budget proposal to begin the new century by moving from 39 major
programmes to four strategic objectives: fundamental principles and
rights at work; employment; social protection; and social dialogue.
The Report complements the Programme and Budget
proposals for 2000-01 in three ways. First, it brings the four
strategic objectives together so as to send a single message on what
the ILO intends to do. Second, it translates this vision into the
realities of programme priorities and capabilities. Third, it views
the ILO's activities from the perspective of the various regions of
the world, thus reflecting the developmental and institutional
diversity of people who experience an increasingly common world of
work in different ways.
The Report has been enriched by the contributions
and views of many, including constituents, staff members and the
academic community. It speaks to all those who are concerned with the
future of the ILO, to those who share its values, and to those who are
privileged to serve it.