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ILAB News Release: [04/19/2010]
Contact Name: Mike Wald or John Chavez or Jennifer Kaplan
Phone Number: (770) 262-4792 or (617) 733-7194 or (202) 693-5052
Release Number: 10-0507-NAT

US Labor Department and Secretary Hilda L. Solis to host G20 Labor and Employment Ministers’ Meeting on April 20 and 21

WASHINGTONOn April 20 and 21, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis will host the first ever meeting of the G20 labor and employment ministers. Ministers of countries that account for more than 85 percent of the global economy will gather at the U.S. Department of Labor to assess how the global economic crisis has affected employment worldwide. The ministers will compare experiences and policy responses, and offer recommendations for putting quality jobs at the heart of the global economic recovery.

WHO: Confirmed G20 meeting ministers and senior officials

WHAT: G20 Labor and Employment Ministers’ Meeting


  • Arrival of ministers (April 20, 8 a.m. EDT)
    Press must enter via 3rd and C Streets NW and be in place by 7:30 a.m. EDT.
  • Opening remarks and pool spray of plenary session (April 20, 9 a.m. EDT, Great Hall)
  • Group photograph of ministers (April 20, 5 p.m. EDT, 6th floor rooftop)
  • Press conference (April 21, 3:15 p.m. EDT, Great Hall)

PHOTOS: Beginning April 20 at 9 a.m. EDT, print quality photographs of the G20 meeting will be available for download at Photos will be posted regularly throughout the two-day meeting.
ONSITE FILING: Reporters credentialed for the Department of Labor’s regular "lock-ups" will have access to their stations in the DOL News Room. An additional press filing room will be available for other reporters.
VIDEO: To request pool video throughout the event, call 202-331-8882 or e-mail
More information is available on the G20 fact sheet and at

WHEN: Tuesday, April 20, and Wednesday, April 21

WHERE: U.S. Department of Labor, Frances Perkins Building, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

NOTE: Department of Labor press staff will escort journalists to all open press events.

Foreign media representatives interested in interviews with ministers should coordinate requests with Mike Wald at 770-262-4792 or John Chavez at 617-733-7194.

Confirmed Ministers and Senior Officials for G20 Meeting




The Honorable Dr. Carlos A. Tomada
Minister of Labor, Employment and Social Security


The Honorable Mark Arbib
Minister for Employment Participation


The Honorable Carlos Lupi
Minister of Labor and Employment


The Honorable Diane Finley
Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development


His Excellency Weimin Yin
Minister of Human Resources and Social Security

European Commission

Mr. Xavier Prats-Monné
Director for Employment, Lisbon Strategy and International Affairs
DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities


His Excellency Pierre Vimont
Ambassador of France


Ms. Susanne Hoffmann
Director General
Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs


The Honorable Mallikarjun Kharge
Union Minister of Labour & Employment


Ms. Myra Maria Hanartani
Director General of Industrial Relations and Workers’ Social Security
Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration


The Honorable Maurizio Sacconi
Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare


Mr. Hiroyuki Nagahama
Senior Vice-Minister
Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare

Korea (Republic of)

The Honorable Tae-Hee Yim
Minister of Labor


The Honorable Javier Lozano
Secretary of Labor and Social Welfare


His Excellency Maxim Topilin
Deputy Minister
Ministry of Health and Social Development

Saudi Arabia

H.E. Dr. Abdulwahed Al Humaid
Vice Minister
Minister of Labour

South Africa

The Honorable Membathisi Mdladlana
Minister of Labor


The Honorable Celestino Corbacho Chaves
Minister of Labor and Immigration


Mr. Birol Aydemir
Ministry of Labour and Social Security

United Kingdom

Ms. Liz Tillett
Head of International Employment and Social Policy Division, Joint International Unit for Education, Employment and Social Policy
Department of Work for Pensions

United States

The Honorable Hilda L. Solis
Secretary of Labor

International Labor Organization (ILO)

Mr. Juan Somavia

Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD)

Mr. Angel Gurría