Virtual Events on the COVID-19 Challenge

ILO Global Summit on COVID-19 Recovery & the World of Work, July 1-9

The International Labour Office is organising a virtual Global Summit to address the impact of Covid-19 on the world of work. The Global Summit will provide a high-profile platform for the tripartite constituents to maintain connectivity with the ILO’s global tripartite constituency, address the economic and social impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and in particular to draw on the Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work to contribute to building back better in the post-pandemic recovery.

A brief document is being prepared by the ILO Office to provide a framework for the discussions around the world of work impact of Covid-19, and the ILO’s vision of the post-pandemic recovery through the human-centred approach of the Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work.

IOE is preparing a highlights document for employers on the various topics and outlines of employers’ positions on the different items up for discussion.

Dates and structure

The Summit is organised in two parts: regional events (July 1-3) followed by three global events (July 7-9). All events are scheduled to allow remote participation from all time zones and will be broadcast live with interpretation in several languages.

Contact Gabriella Rigg Herzog for more information:

VIRTUAL: OECD Webinar on Investment Screening in Times of COVID-19 – and Beyond, June 25: 6:30-8am EST.

This webinar will set out the developments in the area of investment screening prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and how the pandemic modified and amplified these developments. The webinar will also seek to anticipate the future of FDI screening policy, as the landscape for international investment and FDI screening may emerge transformed even when the pandemic and the related economic crisis have eventually receded. One of the speakers will be the Chair of the Business at OECD Investment Committee, representing the global business voice.

If you are interested in attending, you can register here. Please see below for further details on the webinar, including several OECD resources.

VIRTUAL: Foreign Direct Investment Flows in the time of COVID-19, May 13: 8am EST.

The OECD is hosting a webinar on Foreign Direct Investment Flows in the time of COVID-19 on Wednesday, May 13 at 8am EST.

Ana Novik, Head of the OECD Investment Division, will moderate and Maria Borga, Head of the OECD International Investment Statistics Unit will present the policy note.

To register click here. Further information on the webinar is available on the website.


VIRTUAL OECD Briefing: Impacts & Consequences of Coronavirus Pandemic, May 12: 12pm ET

The impacts and consequences of the coronavirus pandemic on our lives and our societies have been profound. What are some of the solutions to boost the performance of our healthcare systems, secure our businesses, maintain our jobs and education standards, and stabilize financial markets and economies?

The OECD is compiling data, conducting analyses and offering recommendations on a range of topics to address the emerging health, economic and societal aspects of the crisis. The OECD also facilitates co-ordination amongst our member countries, and contributes to the necessary global action to confront this enormous collective challenge. The OECD’s response embraces a long-term strategy, reflecting on how we move from addressing the immediate health crisis to assessing the consequences, and ultimately to building a rapid and successful recovery.

Our COVID-19 digital hub brings together data and policy responses spanning a large range of topics, providing guidance on the short-term measures needed in affected sectors. It also includes a Country Policy Tracker, allowing users to explore what countries are doing to weather the crisis and beyond.

Registration available by clicking here.

IOE Session: COVID-19 Impact on the Business & Human Rights Agenda, April 29: 8am ET

IOE will host a digital conference with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet.

Mthunzi Mdwaba, Chair of IOE Policy Working Group on Human Rights and Responsible Business Conduct will open the session. Additional participants include Linda Kromjong, Global Labor & Human Rights Director, Samsung Electronics; John Morrison, Executive Director, IHRB; David Vermijs, Senior Adviser, Shift.

Register by clicking here.

Dialogue on SDG 17 & Public-Private Partnerships: COVID-19 Response & Recovery in the Framework of the 2030 Agenda, April 29: 9-10:30am

Shared Responsibility, Global Solidarity

A Virtual Dialogue on SDG 17 and Public-Private Partnerships: COVID-19 Response and Recovery in the Framework of the 2030 Agenda

Organized by UN DESA, IOE, USCIB’s All In 2020 Campaign and the Business Partners for Sustainable Development (BPSD), this webinar will provide ideas about how partnerships can be catalyzed and scaled up in the COVID-19 era to advance the 2030 Agenda and inform the future work of the HLPF. Short presentations by government speakers, private sector experts and development practitioners will lay out new and innovative partnerships to curb the pandemic, safeguard MSMEs, and accelerate global research and innovation. All are welcome.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
9-10:30 a.m. EDT

Register by April 27:

Arbitrators Series: Nuts and Bolts of Conducting Arbitral Hearings via Videoconference, April 28: 3pm – 4pm ET

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, arbitrators and arbitration counsel have increasingly looked to web-based video conferencing technology for the conduct of arbitration hearings. Over the past several weeks, the arbitral community has been inundated by advice from arbitral institutions and practitioners on whether and how to fairly and efficiently conduct arbitration hearings by video.

This program will offer best practices and meaningful “nuts and bolts” suggestions geared to arbitrators and arbitration counsel in sole practice for conducting video hearings.

Nancy M. Thevenin, FCIArb, USCIB’s general counsel, will provide a brief update on USCIB/ICC USA’s Arbitration committee activities.

Marek Krasula, the North America counsel for the ICC International Court of Arbitration®, will discuss the ICC Guidance Note on Possible Measures Aimed at Mitigating the effects of COVID-19 Pandemic. See bio.

Stephanie Cohen, FCIArb, a New York-based arbitrator, will address her Draft Zoom Hearing Procedural Order, which was published by Transnational Dispute Management on April 14, 2020. Ms. Cohen is Vice Chair of the New York Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR. See bio.

Matthew Draper, FCIArb, who serves as Chair of the Sole Practitioner’s Committee and Treasurer of the New York Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, will moderate the discussion. See bio.

The speakers will answer questions submitted in advance by participants.


USCIB Corporate Responsibility & Labor Affairs Committee Call, April 9th: 3:30 pm EST

USCIB’s CR&LA Committee call will discuss the coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts on corporate responsibility and labor affairs policy internationally, in the U.S. and in your own organizations. A draft agenda can be found here.

RSVP: Email Kendall Thibeadeau at

WIPO Director General Public Briefing, April 7: 8:00 am EST

Director General Francis Gurry of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will conduct an on-line public briefing on WIPO’s 2019 results and also discuss how the organization is managing the current crisis.

The broadcast will be available on the WIPO website at

For additional information, please read this notice.

Contact: USCIB Vice President for Innovation & Product Policy Mike Michener (

IOE-ITUC Digital Summit: What Needs to Happen Next, April 2: 2:00pm – 3:30pm (Europe CST)

IOE President Erol Kiresepi and Secretary General Roberto Suárez Santos together with ITUC General-Secretary Sharan Burrow will be joined by:

  • Ahmad Alzahrani, Deputy Minister and Chair of the G20 Employment Working Group
  • Anousheh Karvar, Government Representative to the ILO Governing Body &  Labour & Employment Sherpa to G7-G20
  • Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General.

Following the recent Joint Statement by IOE and ITUC, this digital summit will provide an in-depth review of G20 measures to address the pandemic, the French experience in engaging with social partners, the ILO approach to the crisis, an overview of employers and workers priorities as the economic emergency causes severe hardships worldwide. It will also launch a dialogue on the next stage of concrete measures needed to mitigate the impact on the global business community.

Register here for this digital summit.

Business and COVID-19: Business Fights Poverty Briefing with McKinsey and UNDP, March 26: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm EST

We would like to share with you an invitation to join a live webinar hosted by Business Fights Poverty, McKinsey, UNDP and the Connecting Business Initiative on Thursday, March 26 at 11:00 am – 12:30 pm EST. The webinar will deep-dive into the impacts, and what action businesses can take, in response to COVID-19, particularly to support those who are most vulnerable in their value chains and in the communities in which they operate. Speakers include:

  • Sahba Sobhani, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Kurt Chauviere, McKinsey
  • Jane Nelson, Harvard University
  • Myriam Sidibe, Harvard University

You can find more information and register here.

IOE Virtual Conference on Private Sector Contribution on Health Emergency Situations, March 26: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM CET

To effectively respond cooperation and coordination among international organisations, multilateral actors and the business community is vital. Never have effective public-private partnerships been so necessary. IOE is committed to spearheading efforts to build partnerships, and helping the private sector mitigate the impact of the crisis. As part of our COVID-19 response, IOE is leading a digital conference for its members with the participation of high-level experts including the Director of Public Health from the World Health Organization. The goal is to share with our network the latest information on the evolution of the virus and discuss around best response practices around the world.

The session will provide experts insights on critical questions such as:

What is the current situation and impact in different countries with regards to COVID-19? Which measures can be jointly taken with the private sector to mitigate it? What works, what does not work, based on previous emergency situations like the Ebola outbreak? What are the main challenges and opportunities with collaborating with public-private partnerships?

How are international organisations, specially WHO and ILO currently working with the public-private partnerships in response to Covid-19? What kind of initiatives or campaigns have been launched thus far? What levels of engagement and support have been received?

In preventing future global health crisis, how can they further promote and strengthen public and private partnerships, especially in developing countries, to tackle health related issues and to improve overall public health care systems?


  • Welcome, Roberto Suarez, IOE Secretary-General
  • Maria Neira, Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Department of Public Health: In this period of emergency what is WHO’s position and view on private sector and worker collaboration, how it should be conducted to support a good functioning of Health Systems in anticipating coming problems, especially in developing economies where COVID-19 has not yet reached a critical point?
  • Dr Laurent Taymans, Regional Medical Director,International SOS:What are the challenges of private service providers in addressing health-related crises? Where are the boundaries of private sector engagement in emergencies? What are the best practices with regard to private Sector contribution to Health Emergency situations?
  • Joaquim Pintado Nunes, Chief of Labour Administration, Labour Inspection and Occupational Safety and Health Branch (LABADMIN/OSH), International Labour Organization (ILO):How is ILO mobilizing governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations, and other key partners for creating or strengthening health and safety awareness of what is coming? Is the ILO committed to fostering public-private partnerships and private sector engagement for better anticipation of situations like this in the future and how will it ensure that?

Conclusions, Roberto Suarez, IOE Secretary-General

To join from your computer, tablet or smartphone:
You can also dial in using your phone: United States: +1 (786) 535-3211
Access Code: 226-156-741

USCIB Partners with Business Fights Poverty: COVID-19 Challenge Discussion, March 19: 11am – 12 pm EST

On Thursday March 19, USCIB will partner with Business Fights Poverty (BFP) in an online “challenge” discussion, to which you have also been invited, on how business can best deal with the coronavirus challenge – if you wish to participate, please go to and register Mike Michener, VP, Innovation and Product Policy will be joined by USCIB policy staff and representatives of our affiliates: ICC, IOE, and BIAC. Michener is leading USCIB’s international health policy work and more specifically our partnership, along with The USCIB Foundation’s program, Business Partnership for Sustainable Development, with Business Fights Poverty.

More information can be found in this press release (along with highlighted efforts of our affiliates).

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