Implementing the “Virtuous Triangle” : Addis Ababa Conference adopts a Roadmap on Employment for Peace, Stability and Development in the Horn of Africa

More than 150 High Level Representatives of Governments, Workers’ and Employers’ Organizations, and the civil society – gathered from 11-12 April 2011 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - adopted a comprehensive roadmap for the implementation of a Regional Strategy (hyperlink) for Employment for Peace in the Horn of Africa.

Press release | 12 April 2011

ADDIS ABABA (ILO News) – More than 150 High Level Representatives of Governments, Workers’ and Employers’ Organizations, and the civil society – gathered from 11-12 April 2011 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - adopted a comprehensive roadmap for the implementation of a Regional Strategy for Employment for Peace in the Horn of Africa.

African, Asian and European Ambassadors, key development partners, UN Resident Coordinators, Senior Officials from UNDP, FAO and UNEP as well as tripartite delegations from the seven Horn of Africa Nations answered the call of the African Union Commission (AUC), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) to build consensus around the Regional Strategy and agree on the way forward for implementation.

The Stakeholders And Development Partners Conference adopted an ambitious statement of commitment (see the Communiqué), together with a practical Roadmap ), to step-up and focus efforts to promote employment and decent work through a “virtuous triangle” of opportunity, protection and empowerment – as a means to achieving stability, peace and development in the region.

Participants agreed on three immediate objectives:

  • To create employment opportunities through a better, participatory use of local resources, labour-intensive infrastructure development, green jobs, enterprise development and livelihood diversification;
  • To reduce vulnerabilities and expand a social protection floor to the countries of the sub-region, in particular by building on existing, community-based practices of mutuality, reciprocity and solidarity;
  • To improve governance and social dialogue through further consultations and negotiations and a more vibrant civil society and social economy.

The High-Level Meeting also recognised the continuing distress in Somalia, the new nation of South Sudan, and key trans-border issues (such as piracy, displacement, desertification, community-level conflict), as requiring immediate and increased attention from local and national stakeholders, and the international community.

The ILO Regional Office for Africa, as a founding member of a new AU-IGAD-ILO Task Team for the Horn of Africa and co-convenor of the Conference, renewed its commitment to the achievement of the adopted Strategy and to the thorough implementation of the Roadmap.

The strong political will of all interested parties in the Sub-region also fostered concrete strides and positive changes on the ground.

This initiative is conducted as part of the implementation of the Plan of Action adopted at the Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union on Employment and Poverty Alleviation (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, September 2004), the Decent Work Agenda, and the Decision taken by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 30-31 January 2011).

For more detailed information, please visit: Employment for Peace, Stability and Development for the Horn of Africa

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