A bi-weekly look at Labor Administration in the Americas
August 2021

Towards the XXI Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor (IACML) of the OAS

Preparations are underway for the XXI Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor (IACML) of the OAS, to take place virtually from September 22 to 24 under the Chairmanship of the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security of Argentina. This Conference will be the ideal space for Ministers of Labor, as well as representatives of workers and employers, to establish hemispheric positions in light of the great challenges facing the world of work in the Americas, through the adoption of the Declaration and the Plan of Action of Buenos Aires.
The discussions will be framed in thematic sessions that will address topics such as the role of the Ministries of Labor in the recovery of the pandemic; intersectoral coordination with the 

Ministries of Education, Economy and Health; the strengthening of labor administrations to address the emerging changes in the world of work; and institutionalized social dialogue (a plenary session with representatives of workers and employers is contemplated). 
The meetings of the Conference’s consultative bodies -the Trade Union Technical Advisory Council (COSATE) and The Business Technical Advisory Committee on Labor Matters (CEATAL)- will take place prior to the Ministerial sessions. Conference documents, as well as all logistical information, will be available on the XXI IACML website.



The Americas commemorates International Youth Day 2021   

The International Youth Day 2021 was commemorated on August 12, highlighting and making visible the great challenges that young people in the region face after the COVID-19 pandemic, including the highest unemployment rate since 2006 according to the ILO Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Vinicius Pinheiro. Within the framework of this commemoration, the Ministries of Labor announced actions to promote youth employment and school-to-work transition. The RIAL / OAS reaffirms its commitment with the countries to encourage these efforts and regional cooperation to promote them. 
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Research and review of the impacts of the RIAL in the region under way

After carrying out 115 Bilateral Cooperation activities since its creation, the RIAL / OAS is reviewing the impacts that this cooperation mechanism has had in the region in the short, medium, and long-term term. So far, interviews have been held with various Ministries of Labor in the region who highlighted the results that have been achieved in their country through the RIAL Cooperation. We invite those who want to be part of this effort, to send us an email to to schedule a brief interview through ZOOM, and to share, in retrospect, what have been the main impacts of RIAL cooperation for their Ministries. The results of this effort will be briefly shared at the XXI IACML.


Inter-American Week for Indigenous Peoples

In commemoration of the approval of the American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2016 and within the framework of the celebration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, the OAS held the 4th Inter-American Week for Indigenous Peoples from August 9 to 13, where various commemorative activities were carried out to enhance the influence of indigenous peoples in the formation of our societies, presenting renowned figures who throughout history have stood out for their contributions in the field of arts, culture, sports, politics, human rights and science. During the commemoration, the challenges faced by indigenous communities, including labor inclusion and the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic were also highlighted.
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(Includes latest additions to the Portfolio of Responses to COVID-19)

Argentina: Agreement with universities for Youth Employment Program 
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Colombia: Subsidies for youth employment reinforced  
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Chile: Work subsidy "IFE Laboral" announced 
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Costa Rica: MTSS begins training program on caregiving of older persons 
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Ecuador: Ministry of Labor promotes training and employment opportunities 
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Panama: MITRADEL promotes the rights of worker women who are breastfeeding  
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Suriname: National Commission for the Eradication of Child Labor installed  
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Uruguay: Training begins for delivery workers 
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Click here to consult the complete Portfolio of responses from Ministries of Labor to COVID-19

Click here to consult Guidelines and Protocols for Reopening and Return to Work 
OAS: Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor 
September 22-24, 2021
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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: Global Estimates on International Migrant Workers
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ECLAC-ILO: Employment Situation in Latin America and the Caribbean: Decent work for platform workers in Latin America
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ILO: World Economic and social Outlook - Trends 2021 
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ECLAC: The social protection of informal workers from the impacts of COVID- 19
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(In spanish)

ILO: The contribution of social dialogue to gender equality
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The economic autonomy of women in a sustainable recovery with equality
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ILO: Working from home, from invisibility to decent work 

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