A bi-weekly look at Labor Administration in the Americas
February 2021
This week: Information Webinar on the 14th RIAL Call for Bilateral Cooperation 
The Webinar on the 14th RIAL Call for Bilateral Cooperation will take place on Wednesday, February 17th, from 11:00 – 13:00 hrs. (EST). During this virtual meeting, the process to submit proposals will be explained and support will be provided to interested Ministries in order to find potential partners to explore cooperation activities (match-making). 
The Ministries of Labor have until March 5th to submit their proposals through the Permanent Mission of their country to the OAS. 
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about RIAL Bilateral Cooperation! 
Regional launch of the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labor 
During a virtual meeting on February 11th, the ILO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean launched the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labor, where governments, some of them represented at the highest level, workers, employers and other social actors, reaffirmed the regional commitment to end this practice in all its forms by 2025, in line with target 8.7 of the SDGs. It was highlighted that this is an historic opportunity to act, inspire and undertake concrete and efficient actions that ensure the Rights of Children and Adolescents, such as improve law compliance, ensure adequate public budgets, guarantee labor rights and promote value chains free of child labor. The Regional Initiative Latin America and the Caribbean Free of Child Labor was recognized as a good practice internationally. 
The event featured interventions by speakers at the highest level, including the Presidents of Colombia, Guatemala and Peru; the Vice-President of Costa Rica; ILO Director General, Guy Ryder; ECLAC Executive Secretary, Alicia Barcena; Nobel Peace Prize winner, Kaliash Satyarthy, and representatives from workers and employers. 
The RIAL-OAS adds its voice to state #WithoutChildLabor
(Includes latest additions to the Portfolio of Responses to COVID-19)
Argentina: Mobile Agency program to decentralize the Ministry's attention was presented 
Canada: New training program on prevention of workplace violence and harrasment
Ecuador: Ministry opens course on gender mainstreaming in the public and private sector
El Salvador: Labor Market Information System launched 
Peru: National registry of foreign personnel labor contracts launched 
OAS: Information Webinar on the 14th RIAL Call for Bilateral Cooperation 
February 17th
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ILO: Next meetings and events 
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OAS: Courses on the Education Portal of the Americas 
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OAS: Opportunities for Funding (Rowe Fund)
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OAS: Scholarship opportunities 
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ILO: COVID-19 and the World of Work Monitor 7th Edition 
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EILO/ECLAC: Employment Situation in Latin America and the Caribbean: Employment Trends in an unprecedented crisis, policy challenges

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ILO: Labor Overview in the Times of COVID-19 

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ECLAC: Building a new future: Transformative recovery with Equality and Sustainability 

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ILO: Working from home, from invisibility to decent work 

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