Labor Day 2016 Celebration in KuwaitMay 9, 2016
On 9 May, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the State of Kuwait, Ms. Zineb Touimi-Bejelloun, welcomed national partners and guests to an event at Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Building United Nations House to celebrate International Labour Day and highlight the achievements to date of the joint programme of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to support the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM). This joint programme was established in the context of UNDP’s partnership with the General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development (GSSCPD) and aims to further Kuwait’s national development policy goals in relation to strengthening the private sector. In commemorating International Labour Day, Ms. Touimi-Benjelloun and other speakers highlighted the content of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all. The event included a discussion of the national efforts led by PAM and GSSCPD with the support of the UN agencies and highlighted the linkages with SDG 8.
Following the discussion, guests participated in a field visit to a shelter managed by the Government of the State of Kuwait to accommodate foreign workers in need of urgent assistance