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Opening session

1.1 The Road Ahead: Skills for a Resilient Future


Welcome Messages
- Senior official, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MOHRSS) of the People’s Republic of China
- Senior official, Shanghai Municipal People's Government
- Chris Humphries, President, WorldSkills International

Panel Discussion
- Nicolas Schmit, European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights
- Guy Ryder, Director General, International Labour Organization (ILO)
- Martin Raiser, Country Director for China and Mongolia, and Director for Korea, The World Bank
- Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento, Managing Director, Directorate of Digitalization, Technology and Agri-Business, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
- Senior official, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
- Ivy Chen, Regional Representative for Asia, WorldSkills Champions Trust

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented disruption to education, threatening to affect an entire generation of future workers. Restrictions have also encouraged innovative approaches and solutions that could guide the road to a more inclusive recovery. This session will look at the learnings of the past year and shed light on the skills set needed to build a resilient future.

Moderator: Laurence Gates, Board Member WorldSkills International