Juan Somavia, Director-General
has made signal contributions to the world of work from its early days.
On 4 March 1999, Juan Somavia
of Chile took over as Director General.
emphasized the importance of making decent work a strategic international goal and promoting a fair globalization.
He also underlined work as an instrument of poverty alleviation and ILO's role in helping to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, including cutting world poverty in half by 2015.