Curaçao commits to inclusive labor

August 18, 2023  –WILLEMSTAD – At a time of global reflection on inclusiveness within the labor market, Curaçao is gearing up to take an important step. A symposium scheduled for Thursday, August 31, in the auditorium of the University of Curaçao (UoC), promises an in-depth exploration of this theme, under the title “Promoting inclusive labor market in Curaçao: exploring innovative approaches.” 

The event, an initiative of the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Social and Economic Council (SER) of Curaçao, the UOC, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Human Rights Defense Curaçao (HRDC), will be a forum for a wide range of stakeholders. 

John Bliek, a distinguished member of the ILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean, will be the keynote speaker. His insights and analysis regarding equal opportunity are expected to guide a fruitful and thoughtful debate. 

The symposium comes at a critical time. With global attention on the inclusiveness of labor markets, the event – which will be held from 09:00 to 13:00 – provides a platform for reflection on the integration of this global movement in the specific context of Curaçao. 

The working language is English, but interventions in Papiamentu and Dutch are possible, making the event both locally and internationally relevant. The organization aims for a diverse dialogue, encouraging participants to explore challenges and opportunities relevant to promoting an inclusive labor market. 

This symposium represents more than just an academic exercise; it is a concrete step in exploring, strengthening, and promoting an inclusive vision for Curaçao. It involves both local dynamics and the larger international picture.

Those interested in participating in this discussion should contact for more information. The symposium promises to be a milestone in ongoing efforts to shape Curaçao’s labor market in a way that is accessible and equitable for all. 

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