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The Declaration of Philadelphia Revisited


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The Declaration of Philadelphia Revisited
Marking the Centenary of the International Labour Organisation

DBEI ILO NUI Conference

Tuesday 17th September 2019,
Hibernia Conference Centre,
Dublin Castle, Dame Street,
Dublin 2

The National University of Ireland is delighted to collaborate with the International Labour Organisation and the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, IBEC and ICTU in organising a one-day conference to mark the centenary of the establishment of the International Labour Organisation.

The conference will be opened by Michael D Higgins, President of Ireland.

The conference will comprise two plenary sessions in the morning featuring two keynote speakers. The afternoon will focus on workshops encompassing themes for discussion and the day will be end with a closing address.

Following the opening address by the President, Michael D. Higgins, the first keynote address be delivered by Professor Virginia Doellgast, Chair of International and Comparative Labor, Cornell University entitled ‘A Human-Centred Future of Work’.

The second keynote address will be given by Guy Ryder, Director General, ILO.

In the afternoon, three workshops will focus on the following themes; The Future of Work; Fairness Security and Opportunity; and Sustainable and Decent Advancement for All. Each workshop will consider elements of the Declaration of Philiadelphia in the contemporary context and in light of the Work for a Better Future Report and Future Jobs Ireland. These workshops should provide an opportunity for stimulating debate amongst conference participants, keynote speakers, experts and academics with thought-provoking insights on the future of the world of work.

Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, NUI Vice-Chancellor and President of NUI Galway will deliver the closing address.

Responses to this closing address will be provided by Guy Ryder, ILO; Patricia King, ICTU; Danny McCoy, IBEC and Dr Orlaigh Quinn, Secretary General DBEI.


  1. The Future of Work

    Moderator: Mr Heinz Koller, Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia ILO

    … the employment of workers in the occupations in which they can have the satisfaction of giving the fullest measure of their skill and attainments and make their greatest contribution to the common well-being;
    … the cooperation of management and labour in the continuous improvement of productive efficiency.

    Fairness, Security and Opportunity

    Moderator: Ms Alette Van Leur, Director SECTOR, ILO

    … conditions of freedom and dignity, of economic security and equal opportunity;
    … the assurance of equality of educational and vocational opportunity.

    Sustainable and Decent Advancement for All

    Moderator: Ms Cynthia Samuel-Olonjuwon, Assistant Director General and Regional Director of Africa, ILO

    … poverty anywhere constitutes a danger to prosperity everywhere;
    … to promote the economic and social advancement of the less developed regions of the world.


A provisional programme will be available shortly.

To register your interest in attending the Conference please email ILO100@dbei.gov.ie

The Conference will be followed by The NUI Edward Phelan NUI/ILO Centenary Lecture.


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