On 21 September 2016 the Global Deal initiative was launched at the UN Headquarters in New York.
In the presence of HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, the event was hosted by Swedish Prime Minister Mr. Stefan Löfven, Mr. Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Other high-level speakers included H.E. Ms Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile, H.E. Ms Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, H.E. Mr Hailemariam Desalegn, Dr. Tedros Adhanom, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ethiopia, H.E. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada (video address), H.E. Mr Christian Kern, Federal Chancellor of Austria, H.E. Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group, Mr Robert Collymore, CEO of Safaricom Limited, Ms Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). The session was moderated by international broadcaster Ms Zeinab Badawi.
The Global Deal is a new global initiative with the objective of jointly addressing the challenges in the global labour market and enabling all people to benefit from globalisation. It is a multi-stakeholder partnership that aims to encourage governments, businesses, unions and other organisations to make concrete commitments to enhance social dialogue. Effective social dialogue can contribute to decent work and quality jobs and thereby greater equality and inclusive growth, benefiting workers, companies and society as a whole. It is a win-win-win opportunity.
The Global Deal initiative is a concrete input to the sustainable development goals (SDGs) especially SDG 8 on decent work and economic growth but also SDG10 on reducing inequality within and among countries. The launch was the starting point for this new initiative and at the launch more countries, business, trade unions and other organisations were encouraged to join.