Prime Minister George Papandreou will attend and share his experiences on a high-level conference on job and employment in Oslo in September. 

These days countries all over the world are struggling to fight economic recession and unemployment, and Greece is among the countries hardest hit by the crisis. Now Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou is looking forward to share his experiences and explore ways of sustainable growth with world leaders and representatives of agencies and academic institutions. 

Papandreou will speak on the conference «The Challenges of Growth, Employment and Social Cohesion», which is to be held in Oslo in September. The conference is sponsored by the Norwegian government.

Stoltenberg looking forward

– I very much look forward to welcoming world leaders and representatives of agencies and academic institutions to Oslo on 13 September to discuss the topical issue of unemployment, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg of Norway says. 

The conference is being held as the outlook for global employment continues to worsen in the wake of the Great Recession, brought on by the financial crisis of 2008. According to ILO estimates, global unemployment in 2010 hovered at some 210 million people, or an increase of 34 million since the eve of the crisis in 2007.

An arena for key policy makers and experts  

– We need the right policies to ensure a sustainable, job-rich recovery. The Oslo conference offers an arena for key policy makers and experts to explore ways to improve the quality of life and work for the millions of people affected by the financial crisis, says Stoltenberg.

The conference on «The Challenges of Growth, Employment and Social Cohesion» is the first of its kind, and will be chaired by ILO Director-General Juan Somavia and IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn.  Other high-level participants in the conference will include President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, Prime Minister George Papandreou of Greece, Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero of Spain, Finance Minister Christine Lagarde of France, U.K. Secretary of State for Labour Iain Duncan Smith, and International Trade Union Confederation General Secretary Sharan Burrow.

The conference also invites people affected by the crisis to submit and tell their opinions about it has affected them.

By bringing together a diverse group of speakers and participants, the conference will seek to define global solutions to the challenges of unemployment that are relevant to all regions.

Full video coverage of the conference and press conferences will be available through the conference website.