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Global Skills Forum

Skills and lifelong learning are essential for economies to prosper, individuals to thrive and access decent work, and societies and communities to grow fairer and more resilient. Continuously skilling, reskilling and upskilling people of all ages provides immense value to society and helps to overcome social, environmental, and economic disruptions.

The Global Skills Forum brings together representatives from around the world to take part in a conversation about how to shape skills development in our ever-changing economies and societies. 

Welcome and keynote addresses

Showing dates/times for

As part of the opening of the Global Skills Forum, the ILO Director-General and EU Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights will lay out their vision on skills and lifelong learning, promoting quality apprenticeships and investing in skills development, and how to achieve this through social justice.

ILO Assistant Director General for Jobs & Social Protection and ILO Director for Employment Policy, Job Creation and Livelihoods will set the scene for the 2-day forum.


Gilbert F. Houngbo
International Labour Organization (ILO)
Nicolas Schmit
Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights
European Commission
Mia Seppo
Assistant Director-General for Jobs and Social Protection
International Labour Organization (ILO)
Sangheon Lee
Director, Employment Policy, Job Creation and Livelihoods Department
International Labour Organization (ILO)


Zeina Awad
Chief, News and Media, Department of Communication and Public Information
International Labour Organization (ILO)