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of jobs, but the creation of jobs of acceptable quality. The quantity of employment cannot be divorced from its quality. All societies have a notion of decent work, but the quality of employment can mean many things. It could relate to different forms of work, and also to different conditions of work, as well as feelings of value and satisfaction. The need today is to devise social and economic systems which ensure basic security and employment while remaining capable of adaptation to rapidly changing circumstances in a highly competitive global market. Secondly, the end of the Cold War weakened the sense of common purpose among the constituents. It was further eroded by the impact of globalization on all the social actors. The decline of ideology and class conflict, the multiplication of social interaction beyond the workplace, and the trend towards enterprise-level bargaining, have all led to a greater fragility of consensus among the ILO’s tripartite membership. It has meant that, while constituents have strong interests in individual programmes, there are not many which attract active support and widespread commitment from all three groups. An ILO without internal consensus is an ILO without external influence. That mandate, as eloquently expressed in the Declaration of Philadelphia, is to create the conditions of “freedom and dignity, of economic security and equal opportunity” in which “all human beings, irrespective of race, creed or sex, can pursue both their material well-being and their spiritual development”. The pursuit of such a vision demands an array of programmes ranging from the promotion of rights at work to institutional development. It requires the scope of ILO activities to extend from the workplace — or the workspace — to the economy as a whole. It requires responding to changing needs which have to be accommodated within frozen budget levels, leading to activities which are inevitably small and often fragmented. It means that the ILO periodically has to refocus its programme, to restate its message in the idiom of contemporary needs, and to mobilize external partnerships for resources and expertise. It means that focus, excellence and effectiveness must guide the management culture of the house. The change is not only economic and social. Politically, many countries now find themselves under scrutiny — both by markets and by public opinion — without the benefit of the doubt and the financial subventions of the Cold War era. In the last two decades, however, the traditional cornerstones of the ILO’s activities have changed, shifted by the transformation of the economic and social environment brought about by the emerging global economy. This Report proposes a primary goal for the ILO in this period of global transition — securing decent work for women and men everywhere. It is the most widespread need, shared by people, families and communities in every society, and at all levels of development.
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