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19 Jun 2017
Seafarers’ identity documents: New requirements enter into force triggering renewed momentum for the ratification of Convention No. 185
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"More than 1.5 million seafarers working and living on ships involved in international trade can benefit from the new seafarers’ identity document, which allows them to travel without a visa to join their ships and to disembark in ports. Access to shore facilities and shore leave are vital elements of their general well-being and, therefore, to the achievement of safer shipping and cleaner oceans. The amended version of the Seafarers’ Identity Documents Convention (Revised), 2003 (No. 185), entered into force on 08 June 2017, incorporating the latest standards adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). The issuance of the new seafarers’ identity document, with technology similar to the one currently used in electronic passports, will contribute strongly to facilitating access to shore leave, transfer and transit for seafarers while enhancing security in ports and borders through the use of a secure and internationally recognized document. In this context, the ILO welcomes the recent ratification of Convention No. 185 by Montenegro and Sri Lanka which brings to 32 the number of member States that have ratified this important instrument. In doing so, Montenegro and Sri Lanka have demonstrated their commitment to decent working and living conditions for seafarers and have paved the way for many more ratifications of this instrument that is of crucial importance for the maritime sector. The 106th International Labour Conference (ILC) closed following two weeks of deliberations on key world of work issues, including the promotion of peace and stability in countries emerging from conflict, strengthening labour migration governance and greening the economy. The International Labour Conference adopted a new landmark standard, the Employment and Decent Work for Peace and Resilience Recommendation, 2017 (No. 205) , which updates the guidance of an earlier ILO Recommendation adopted in 1944 to provide responses to contemporary crisis situations arising from conflicts and disasters. It also widens the focus of the standard on reconstruction and recovery to include prevention and preparedness. The new standard provides a unique normative framework focusing on world of work related measures to prevent and respond to the devastating effects of conflicts and disasters on economies and societies, paying special attention to vulnerable population groups, such as children, young people, women and displaced people. Women at Work The Conference held a World of Work Summit on Women at Work on 15 June to discuss how to shape a better future for women at work, and what is needed to overcome obstacles for women in the world of work. The same day, three women Presidents highlighted concrete action they have taken to advance gender equality in the world of work: Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca (Malta) , Ameenah Gurib-Fakim (Mauritius) and Bidya Devi Bhandar (Nepal) . "
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