“Future of Work” conference – 21-22 November 2019

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New forces are transforming the world of work: Technological development. Climate change. Demographic shifts. Globalization.

These transitions call for decisive action. The business community needs to seize the moment to unlock the opportunities that these changes bring for people with disabilities.

The ILO Global Business and Disability Network (GBDN) held its “Making the Future of Work inclusive of persons with disabilities” conference on 21 and 22 November 2019, at the ILO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss how companies can shape a world of work which fully harnesses the potential people with disabilities offer. The conference report is available for download here.


Thursday, 21 November 2019

08:30- Registration

09:45-10:30 Welcome coffee

10:30-11:00 Opening session and welcome remarks

11:00-12:30 Presentation of the Future of Work publication and panel discussion by policy makers

12:30-14:00 Lunch break

14:00-15:30 Parallel thematic sessions

15:30-16:00 Coffee break

16:00-16:30 Plenary focus session on global private sector and disability initiatives

16:30-17:30 Launch of the #invalidopinions campaign of the ILO Global Business and Disability Network


Friday, 22 November 2019

09:00-09:30 Official welcome of new members to the ILO Global Business and Disability Network

09:30-11:00 Parallel thematic sessions

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-12:30 Plenary panel discussion with the rapporteurs of the seven parallel sessions on global initiatives to ensure a Future of Work inclusive of persons with disabilities

12:30-14:00 Networking lunch

14:00-17:00 The afternoon allowed for diverse sessions:

Side events organised by participants 

Briefings on the situation in particular countries


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