ILO names Nelson Mandela for decent work prize

New York- UN (PANA) -- The UN International Labour Organisation on Wednesday awarded its first annual ILO Decent Work Prize to former South African President Nelson Mandela.
In a citation issued in New York, the organisation said: "Mr.
Mandela, who is also a Nobel Peace Laureate, is awarded an exceptional prize for his extraordinary lifetime contribution to knowledge, understanding and advocacy on the central concerns of the ILO".
"With this prize, the jury and the ILO wished to recognise and honour his sustained efforts that helped to make decent work a central objective in the policy agenda in South Africa and worldwide," it added stated.
ILO said such efforts are "also furthering the vision of work which is free from discrimination and oppression and of social justice and dialogue as the essential base for progress.
" The organisation also gave a recognition award to an academic expert on Latin American economics, Carmelo Mesa-Lago, Professor Emeritus on Economics and Latin American Studies of the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, USA.
The statement said ILO recognised Mesa-Lago for his "major scholarly contributions to the analysis of socio-economic relationships and policy instruments for the advancement of decent work".
It also cited his work on social security and pension reform, which the jury stated had had a notable impact on reform processes across Latin America for many years.
Both honourees will formally receive the prizes, created by the ILO's International Institute for Labour Studies, at the closing plenary session of the International Labour Conference on June 15 2007 in Geneva.

24 may 2007 09:04:00

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