True to its adopted values, Armenia continues to make the necessary efforts and allocate resources to implement essential reforms. Narek Mkrtchyan, the Armenian Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, highlighted this during his speech at the 111th session of the International Labor Conference in Geneva.

He also emphasized the significance of decent work in achieving the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, noting the successful implementation of the “Decent Work” program in Armenia from 2019 to 2023. However, the head of the Armenian delegation pointed out that armed conflicts continue to pose a significant obstacle to these efforts.

“Azerbaijani aggression against the people of Artsakh and the sovereign territory of Armenia, as well as the ongoing blockade of the 120,000-strong population of Artsakh for more than six months, hinder the protection of fundamental human rights. The people of Artsakh are deprived of their rights to health, labor and freedom of movement, which contradicts accepted international norms,” the Minister stated.

Narek Mkrtchyan also commended Armenia’s 31-year collaboration with the International Labor Organization (ILO) and emphasized that the ILO has been and remains a reliable partner for the country, particularly in strengthening social justice, ensuring occupational safety and health..

The official expressed hope that the collective work and joint efforts of all ILO members will enable the resolution of existing challenges, ensuring social justice, decent work, and well-being.