Report on the Social Dimension of Globalization to be presented at UNESCOThe report “A Fair Globalization: Creating Opportunities for All,” prepared by the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization, will be presented July 7 at UNESCO (from 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., Room IX) by two members of the Commission, Brazilian anthropologist Ruth Cardoso, President of Comunidade Solidária (Community Solidarity Council), and the former Minister of Culture of Mali, Aminata D. Traoré, Director of the Centre Amadou Hanyrat Ba (CAHBA).
UNESCO’s Management of Social Transformations Programme (MOST), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) are organizing the meeting, during which the report will be presented and its recommendations debated. The presentation by Ruth Cardoso and Aminata D. Traoré will be followed by two panel discussions with prominent scientists and specialists: “Global governance and social regulation of globalization” (morning, moderated by Ali Kazancigil, ISSC Secretary General) and “Cross-border population movements” (afternoon, moderated by Gerry Rodgers, Director of the ILO’s Policy Integration Department ).
The World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization was created by the ILO in February 2002. The independent body, co-chaired by Tarja Halonen, President of Finland, and Benjamin Mkapa, President of Tanzania, was created to meet the needs of people as they cope with the unprecedented changes that globalization has brought to their lives and societies. The members of the Commission included a Nobel Prize winner in economics, elected officials, experts in economics and social affairs, key actors from business and civil society, union leaders and academics.
The report “A Fair Globalization: Creating Opportunities for All” * - the first on this subject – calls for an urgent rethink of global governance and its current policies. The authors recommend focusing attention on the needs and concerns of citizens, and on the best means of harnessing the potential of globalization for the benefit of the majority of populations.
Among the measures the report advocates are a series of reforms intended to improve governance and make it more coherent at both national and international levels. These include fairer rules for international trade, investment, finance and migration, which take into account the interests, rights and responsibilities of all those concerned.
* available at http://www.ilo.org/public/english/wcsdg/
Journalists wishing to attend the presentation and panel discussions must be accredited by UNESCO’s Press Relations Section, tel.: +33 (0)1 45 68 17 48