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July 2017
Newsflash #90


A bi-weekly look at Labor Administration in the Americas
RIAL en Colombia
Meeting of OAS governments to improve their strategies for migrant workers
The Workshop "Labor Migration: Contributions from the Ministries of Labor of the Americas" was held on July 13th and 14th in San Jose, Costa Rica. At the conference, governments from almost 20 countries, alongside social actors, analyzed the initiatives they are developing to inform migration policy and to protect the labor rights of migrant workers. The meeting concluded with a series of policy recommendations that will be made available soon. The conference was organized by the OAS, through the Inter-American Network for Labor Administration (RIAL), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the International Labor Organization (ILO), under the auspices of the Government of Costa Rica.

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Arbitration Panel resolves in the case of work DR-CAFTA in favor of Guatemala
In the first case of this nature, the Arbitration Panel issued an award in favor of the Government of Guatemala in the dispute between the United States and Guatemala with regard to the Dominican Republic, Central America, United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA - DR). The final report of the Panel was presented on June 26th.
 
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July 15: World Youth Skills Day
In December of 2014, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring July 15th as World Youth Skills Day. The aim of this initiative is to achieve better socio-economic conditions for young people today as a means of coping with the problems of unemployment and underemployment
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Chile-Peru Binational Cabinet is held to strengthen shared agenda
The President of the Republic, Michelle Bachelet and her Peruvian counterpart, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, met on July 5th and 7th in order to strengthen their shared agenda. In the same meetings, the Labor holders agreed to share necessary information on their experiences in order to establish and continue to implement a National Strategy for the Prevention and Eradication of Child Labor and the Protection of Working Adolescents.
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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE MINISTRIES
Barbados: conducts awareness seminars on occupational health and safety
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Colombia: introduction of first cooperative to start economic and entrepreneurial projects with the FARC
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Ecuador: more than 4000 workers benefit from the signing of collective agreements
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Guyana: young people from 112 indigenous villages establish businesses in their communities
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Paraguay: social dialogue for formalization of the security business sector continues
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Trinidad and Tobago: consultation to discuss amendments to the Occupational Safety and Health Act is held
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United States: US$15 millions made available to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities
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Uruguay: Executive presents progress in the reduction of racial discrimination in the Afro-descendant population
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EVENTS AND PUBLICATIONS
OAS: X Americas Competitiveness Forum
September 13-15
Mexico City, Mexico
OAS: Preparatory Meeting for the XX IACML
October 4-6
Washington DC, USA
OAS: Scholarships Opportunities  
OECD: "International Migration Outlook 2017 "
      
ILO: "Investing in Skills for Inclusive Trade"    

    
ECLAC: "Annual report on the progress and regional challenges of Agenda 2030 ..."
     
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