International Labour Organization

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The International Labour Organization (ILO) was founded in 1919, its Constitution forming part of the Treaty of Versailles. The ILO became the first specialised agency of the UN in 1946, it seeks the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights.

The ILO is the only 'tripartite' UN agency. It brings together representatives of governments, employers and workers to jointly shape policies and programmes. This unique arrangement gives the ILO an edge in incorporating 'real world' knowledge about employment and work.

The ILO is devoted to advancing opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity. Its main aims are to:

  • Promote rights at work
  • Encourage decent employment opportunities
  • Enhance social protection
  • Strengthen dialogue in handling work-related issues.

The ILO helps advance the creation of decent jobs and the kinds of economic and working conditions that give working people and business people a stake in lasting peace, prosperity and progress.

Links & attachments

  • Official Website
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