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ILO: Statement by the Minister of Employment at the 105. International Labour Conference

Chair, Your Excellences, Ladies and Gentlemen

Let me thank the Director-General, Mr. Guy Ryder for his report and his “End of Poverty Initiative”.
The 2030 Agenda puts people and planet at its centre. It gives the international community the impetus to work together to tackle the challenges that confront humanity - including those in the world of work.

It is estimated that over 600 million new jobs need to be created by 2030 - just to keep pace with the growth of the global working age population.
The 2030 Agenda will require action from all. And a strong global partnership, where the social part-ners and civil society do their part.
I congratulate the ILO for its substantive contribu-tion to the 2030 Agenda. Breaking the cycle of poverty, involves full employment and decent work. With its unique tripartite structure and core
values, the ILO has a clear mandate to take leader-ship and promote decent work for all.
Only through productive employment, decent jobs and sustainable enterprises, can living standards be improved for millions of people.
Therefore, we must ensure employment opportuni-ties for all – women and men. And we must make decent work a reality around the world, also in the least developed countries.

Denmark re-iterates our support to the “Future of Work” Initiative. Denmark will - in collaboration with the other Nordic countries - contribute to this pertinent and ambitious initiative.
This we will do
- through political commitment,
- involvement of our social partners, and
- with research activities to know more on fu-ture challenges and solutions.
The Future of Work is of outmost importance for us to identify, prepare for and respond to future challenges. This initiative should be strategically integrated in all ILO activities and contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

Denmark is challenged, too: in sustaining competi-tiveness at a global level, while maintaining our high standards of labour and social protection.
However, our flexicurity based labour market model has shown its sustainability – where tripar-tism is integral and at the center.
The flexicurity model is the combination of labour market flexibility and income security, of active labour market policies and welfare programs for reconciling work and family life.
I encourage the ILO to seek inspiration in the flex-icurity approach. There is no one-size-fits-all model. However, the integration of social and eco-nomic policies and the role of social dialogue are instrumental in promoting economic growth and decent work for all.

Let me now conclude, chair.
Time has come for leadership and direction. We need a firm and joint commitment. And we need to see real partnerships and show real action in order to eradicate poverty. Together we can ensure de-cent work everywhere, and our work starts today.
Thank you for the attention.