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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

To celebrate the centenary of the International Labour Organisation, the National University of Ireland (NUI), the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Department of Business Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI) are collaborating in the organisation of a day of celebration in Dublin on Tuesday 17 September 2019.

The centrepiece of the celebration is a national conference in the Hibernia Conference Centre, Dublin Castle, on the theme The Declaration of Philadelphia revisited.

The conference takes its inspiration and theme from the 1944 Declaration of Philadelphia, whose principal author was Edward J. Phelan, then Director General of the ILO. The Declaration reaffirmed the founding principles of the ILO for the world of work emerging after the Second World War. Work for a Brighter Future, the Report of the Global Commission on the Future of Work, published earlier this year, has highlighted forces that are transforming the world of work today: technological development, environmental and climate change, demographic shifts and globalisation. Through the lens of the 1944 Declaration, and in the context of the work done by the Global Commission and the recent ILO Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work (June 2019), the conference will consider issues arising in this changing environment. A variety of speakers drawn from academia, employer and trade union groups will offer different perspectives  on these various issues. It is hoped that through revisiting the fundamental principles, as they apply to contemporary and projected future conditions, the conference will provide fresh insights and heightened understanding on the challenges for work in the 21st century and how these can best be addressed towards a brighter future for work.

The programme for the conference has been organised in consultation with Ibec and ICTU. The opening address will be given by the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins.

The conference will comprise three plenary sessions in the morning featuring three keynote speakers. In the afternoon, there will be three workshops on the following topics:


  1. The Future of Work
    Fairness, Security and Opportunity
    Sustainable and Decent Advancement for All


Each workshop will be moderated by a representative of the ILO and will receive presentations from an expert panel. These workshops should provide opportunities for stimulating debate amongst conference participants across the range of issues considered at the conference. The findings of the workshops will be presented to the final plenary. The closing address will be given by NUI Vice-Chancellor and President of NUI Galway, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh.

To register for the Conference please email ILO100@dbei.gov.ie

The Conference will be followed in the evening by the biennial NUI Edward Phelan lecture, organised jointly by NUI and the ILO. This year the lecture will be delivered by the Nobel Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for his contribution towards the ending of child labour and his advocacy of the rights of children and young people to education. The lecture will also be held in Dublin Castle.

Videos from the Lecture

The Declaration of Philadelphia Revisited Conference programme


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