Panel to study social aspects of globalisation

NEW DELHI DEC. 25. The International Labour Organisation has set up a World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalisation comprising 26 eminent persons from various countries.

The commission will identify policies linked to globalisation that reduce poverty, foster growth and development in open economies and promote decent work. Deepak Nayyar, Vice-Chancellor, University of Delhi, is the Indian representative on the commission.

Expected to submit its report next year, the commission would also pinpoint ways of making globalisation more inclusive so that the process could be viewed as fair to all, both within and among countries. It would also promote a more focussed international dialogue on the social dimension of globalisation to help the international community forge greater policy coherence so that both economic and social goals could be attained globally.

According to the ILO, during the past decade there had been much discussion and controversy over the impact of global economic integration. While increased trade and foreign direct investment had brought benefits, these were unevenly spread, with some countries and segments of the population clearly left out.

Besides, less developed countries had little part in the technological revolution, particularly the Internet, and this had aggravated the feeling of a growing gap between the richest and the poorest parts of the world.

Moreover, 1.2 billion people remained mired in poverty, living on under $ 1 a day, while others, both in the developing and developed world, struggling to cope with the changes brought about by globalisation.

To ensure that the commission's work is as open and as inclusive as possible, a series of consultations have been planned with important actors in the globalisation process. Some of the dialogues would be taking place during meetings of the commission, while others would be held at regional or national levels.

The commission has decided to hold the dialogues in Bangladesh, Barbados, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, India, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and the United States.