Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesian Manpower Ministry's Secretary General Anwar Sanusi at a meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement encouraged the International Labor Organization (ILO) to bolster support for member nations to recover from the impact of COVID-19.

Sanusi made the statement when the Indonesian government, through the Ministry of Manpower, attended the Virtual Ministerial Meeting of Non-Aligned Movement members, according to an official statement received in Jakarta, Monday.

"Non-Aligned Movement members must urge the ILO to strengthen support for its members in realizing recovery from the impact of COVID-19 on the world of work, particularly for three important issues," according to Sanusi, representing Minister of Manpower Ida Fauziyah.

Sanusi, in a presentation, highlighted that the first area of focus is that the ILO should ensure timely, affordable, and fair access to COVID-19 vaccination for all nations.

Sanusi believes Non-Aligned Movement members should urge the ILO to strengthen its engagement with the WHO to realize that goal.

"The ILO must prioritize COVID-19 vaccination for health workers and other frontline workers, as well as key and essential workers, including seafarers in all affected countries," Sanusi remarked at the meeting attended by 120 Non-Aligned Movement member countries.

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In addition, Sanusi expressed support to the Non-Aligned Movement members’ efforts to overcome the digital gap among people within the country and between nations and mobilized increased development cooperation, including technological and technical support for developing countries.

Another issue is developing, implementing, and adapting national human-centered response and recovery plans at the request of member states. A special focus of support should be given to countries, with limited capacity to implement the plan.

The meeting also discussed about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Sanusi stressed that gross and repeated violations of the international law committed by Israel through occupation and continued aggression in the Palestinian territories have significantly impacted the socio-economic, labor, and employment conditions in Palestine.

According to the Manpower Ministry’s secretary general, as a member of the Non-Aligned Movement, both the government and Indonesian people have contributed to providing assistance to the Palestinian people, both at the multilateral and bilateral levels.

"We are ready to work with Non-Aligned Movement member countries and relevant international organizations to achieve human-centered recovery, through decent work and inclusive growth for all," Sanusi stated. Related news: PEN's stimulus package can help MSMEs to recover: Minister

Translator: Prisca T, Azis Kurmala
Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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