International Labour Organisation

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The International Labour Organization (ILO) was founded in 1919 and became the first specialized agency of the United Nations in 1946. It is the only tripartite agency in the U.N. and is composed of government, employer and worker representatives. Through the ILO, 183 member states freely and openly debate and elaborate labor standards and policies. [1]

Accordingly, the ILO enables and addresses:

  • Tripartism and social dialogue
  • International labour standards

The organization shares the belief that work is central to people's well-being. "Our vision is based on the premise that universal, lasting peace can be established only if it is based upon decent treatment of working people." [2]

Mission and Objectives

The organization's mission is to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection, and strengthen dialogue in handling work-related issues that pertain to freedom, equity, security and human dignity. The ILO acknowledges the link between labor peace to prosperity and Progress and as such, the success of the organization's work can serve as an indicator of progress.

Four strategic objectives have been outlined by the ILO:

  •  Promote and realize standards and fundamental principles and rights at work
  •  Create greater opportunities for women and men to decent employment and income
  •  Enhance the coverage and effectiveness of social protection for all
  •  Strengthen tripartism and social dialogue [3]


See Also

United Nations
Child Labour
Event:The Hague Global Child Labour Conference
Marking progress against child labour: Global estimates and trends 2000-2012
Event:World Day against Child Labour
Tackling child labour: From commitment to action
Event:The ILO and the III Global Conference on Child Labour in Brasilia
Global Report Accelerating action against child labour

External Links

Progress Papers and Publications


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