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The XIX World Congress is co-organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Social Security Association (ISSA), in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security of Turkey, on the theme "Building a Global Culture of Prevention for a Healthy and Safe Future".
The Congress is held every three years and is the largest global event promoting efforts to reduce work-related accidents and diseases in the world of work.
It is estimated that more than 2 million people die each year from work-related accidents and diseases. In its report to the Congress the ILO will present the most recent estimates of the global impact of occupational accidents and diseases, and will examine national and international strategies to improve safety and health at work.
The Seoul Declaration on Safety and Health at Work , adopted at the XVIII World Congress in 2008, states the right to a safe and healthy working environment as a fundamental human right, for the first time in an international declaration. The upcoming World Congress aims at strengthening global commitment in promoting a preventive safety and health culture and will report and build on what has been achieved since 2008.
Congress participants will focus on the importance of building and maintaining a preventive safety and health culture by discussing comprehensive and proactive approaches to safety and health at work; the introduction and implementation of a systems approach for occupational safety and health at the national level; developing mutually beneficial partnerships and innovation for occupational safety and health through social dialogue; new challenges in a changing world of work and the global economy; and a wide range of other topics.
The Congress includes an International Film and Multimedia Festival organized by the ISSA, which will feature over 200 short films and multimedia presentations on occupational safety and health. An International Safety and Health Exhibition will run in parallel to the Congress, and will showcase safety and health technologies and products from a wide range of companies.
Technical visits will also be organized for participants to see, first-hand, how safety and health issues are managed in major industries and sectors, including a shipyard, a soap and personal care producer, and an auto glass factory.
Daily reports, photo and video coverage of the World Congress on Safety and Health at Work will be available on the websites of the World Congress and of the co-organizers:
The XIX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work takes place 11-15 September 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey. Held every three years, it is the largest global prevention event for occupational safety and health policy-makers and experts. The XIX World Congress is co-organized by the International Labour Organization and the International Social Security Association, in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security of the Republic of Turkey, on the theme "Building a Global Culture of Prevention for a Healthy and Safe Future". www.safety2011turkey.org