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A World of Decent Work: Labor Diplomacy for the New Century

Report of the Advisory Committee on Labor Diplomacy to the Secretary of State and the President of the United States, September 2000

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PREFACE

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright established the Advisory Committee on Labor Diplomacy in May of 1999. The Advisory Committee charter provides that the Committee shall advise the Secretary of State and the President of the United States on the resources and policies necessary to implement labor diplomacy programs efficiently, effectively and in a manner that ensures U.S. leadership before the international community in promoting the objectives and ideals of U.S. labor policies in the 21st century.

The Advisory Committee has embraced its charge, holding four public meetings, including an inaugural meeting featuring presentations by the Secretaries of State and Labor. [note 1] The Advisory Committee established a policy subcommittee and an operational subcommittee, both of which also held several meetings. The Advisory Committee received briefings from a wide range of key officials with responsibilities and experience in the field. [note 2]

The Advisory Committee submits this first Report with the intention of continuing its work, and will issue additional reports as appropriate to address other labor diplomacy matters.

While this Report is submitted to the President and the Secretary of State, it provides some background information for other readers who may not be familiar with the labor diplomacy program. [note 3]

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     1.  Public meetings were held on September 17, 1999; December 14, 1999; March 14, 2000 and July 18, 2000.

     2.  These officials included: The Under Secretary for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs; the Special Representative for International Labor Affairs; the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor; the Acting Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs; the Director General of the Foreign Service; staff from the Bureau of Human Resources; staff from the Office of Resources, Plans and Policy of the State Department; current and former Labor Officers; staff from the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental Scientific Affairs; officials of the Foreign Service Institute; the Director of the Center for Democracy and Governance, United States Agency for International Development; the Deputy Under Secretary, Bureau of International Labor Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor and staff from that Bureau; the Assistant Secretary and Director General of The Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce; the Assistant Deputy Administrator for Foreign Agricultural Affairs, U.S. Department of Agriculture; a member of the Overseas Presence Advisory Panel; and other officials.

     3.  The Advisory Committee gratefully acknowledges the assistance and cooperative support of Harold Hongju Koh, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor; Andrew Samet, Deputy Under Secretary of Labor, Bureau of International Labor Affairs; and Sandra Polaski, Special Representative to the Secretary of State for International Labor Affairs. The Advisory Committee also acknowledges the assistance of the staff of the State Department's International Labor Affairs Office, the Department of Labor's Office of Foreign Relations, and the AFL-CIO's International Affairs Office. In particular, it acknowledges the work of its Executive Secretary, Mark Simonoff.

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