(gentle upbeat music) – I don’t think we’re going to solve any of the problems that
individual nations face unless we work collectively
because we live in a world in which we
are all so intertwined. How to do that, there
are many ways to do it, but we have to do it together. I think that’s what
the SDGs are all about. I think we all have a responsibility to address ourselves to
those critical challenges because it affects all of us, and the UN is the stage on
which we have to do that. (gentle upbeat music) I was in India about six months ago looking at a program
called Barefoot Technicians in which we train young people to work alongside building engineers who are trying to build enough homes for everyone in India,
which is a huge job, enough roads, enough
irrigation facilities, enough toilets, and these young people learn to use simple tools but they can free up some of the engineers’ time. There was a young woman
in one of the programs who said that with the training she had she was able to return to
her village and was someone. She had status in her community. To me, it was so moving to see how work and skills create that sense of meaning and purpose and belonging in a person’s life. (gentle upbeat music) You know, I think I’ve always known about the United Nations, maybe because I grew
up not far from the UN, but certainly growing up in the 60s, the UN was a relatively new organization and was really at the
forefront of peacemaking and humanitarian development in so many countries around the world. It was also the height of the Cold War and so the UN played
such an important role in trying to stabilize
international relations. So I think I’ve just always grown up, always knowing about the UN. (gentle upbeat music) For me, working for the
ILO is an opportunity to devote myself to the issues
I’m really passionate about and those issues are labor
conditions, working conditions, employer-employee relations, but to do it on a global stage and to try to address what I think are some of the key issues of our day, inequality, poverty, how technology has the potential to address those issues, so for me it’s an opportunity to work on the global stage on
the issues that I think are crucial to sustainable development. (gentle upbeat music) I think my favorite part of the job is going into the field and seeing our programs on the ground and seeing how they affect workers in all kinds of settings,
informal settings, rural settings, industrial settings, to see what we’re actually doing, what some of the problems are that we’re not addressing well enough, but to get a very concrete
sense of what this work, which can be very heady
and almost philosophical, how it really affects people
on a day to day basis. (gentle upbeat music)