UN Labor Agency
Urged to Promote Justice
in Globalized World
Holy See addresses
GENEVA, JUNE 27, 2002 (Zenit.org)
- The International Labor Organization has a key role to play
in guiding the process of globalization process "so that
it responds equitably to the needs of all persons," the
Holy See says.
In this context,
work is an essential "dimension of human
existence," Archbishop Diarmuid Martin pointed out, during
his address at the 90th International Labor Conference, held
here from June 3-20.
The International Labor Organization (ILO) is the UN specialized
agency which seeks the promotion of social justice and human
and labor rights. It was founded in 1919.
In his capacity
as the Vatican's permanent observer at the UN Office and Specialized
Institutions in Geneva, the archbishop
emphasized the need to "verify objectively" what are
the positive and negative points characterizing globalization.
"We must identify what is the optimum mix of elements that
leads to a socially favorable integration into the globalization
process, and which are the elements that foster marginalization," Archbishop
In this connection, he emphasized the importance of the Independent
Commission on the Social Dimensions of Globalization, created
by the ILO's director general.
See hopes that the commission "will focus not
on sterile ideological debates, but give rise to a process, which
is forward-looking and results-oriented and foster coordinated,
integrated responses," the archbishop continued.
"Successful transformation of the globalization process
requires policies that foster greater inclusion and integration
and less fragmentation," Archbishop Martin stressed.
In this connection,
the Vatican aide pointed out that the "tripartite
structure of the ILO is an integrating element quite unique in
international life, and a powerful means of overcoming polarization.
It forges links between the creative spirit of entrepreneurship,
the initiative and the fundamental needs of the workers, and
the requirements of the global common good."
reality "must adapt itself, so that it
can work more effectively within the realities of globalization," Archbishop
It "must clearly identify areas where it has specific advantage
and value. It must vigorously defend its role in those areas," he
said in his address June 17.
ILO's tripartite structure "cannot remain static.
The worlds of employers, of labor, and of government have changed," the
archbishop continued. "While maintaining integral the tripartite
system, new partnerships can be established through dialogue
with various sectors of civil society," he added.
"The world needs new alliances in favor of work," the
Vatican permanent observer added. It is not only a "fundamental
dimension of human existence," he added, but also "the
key to the global social question and to advancement in the fight
against poverty. Work is a key factor in creating social cohesion
and sustainability. Broad social dialogue is, therefore, a common
interest and a common responsibility of all."