26 Facts About ILO


The ILO has 187 member states: 186 out of 193 UN member states plus the Cook Islands.

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The ILO is a major contributor to international labour law.

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In 1969, the ILO received the Nobel Peace Prize for improving fraternity and peace among nations, pursuing decent work and justice for workers, and providing technical assistance to other developing nations.

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On 1 October 2022 he will succeed Guy Ryder, who was elected by the ILO Governing Body in October 2012, and re-elected for a second five-year-term in November 2016.

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The UN member states which are not members of the ILO are Andorra, Bhutan, Liechtenstein, Micronesia, Monaco, Nauru, and North Korea.

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ILO is a specialized agency of the United Nations .

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However, ILO conventions are considered international labour standards regardless of ratification.

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ILO asserts that its members have an obligation to work towards fully respecting these principles, embodied in relevant ILO conventions.

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On 22 June 1934, the ILO adopted a resolution inviting the U S government to join the organization.

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ILO became the first specialized agency of the United Nations system after the demise of the league in 1946.

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On 12 June 1975, the ILO voted to grant the Palestinian Liberation Organization observer status at its meetings.

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Economist Guy Standing wrote "the ILO quietly ceased to be an international body attempting to redress structural inequality and became one promoting employment equity".

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Current seat of the ILO's headquarters is located on the Pregny hill, not far from its initial seat.

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Instance, the ITCILO offers a Master of Laws programme in management of development, which aims specialize professionals in the field of cooperation and development.

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ILO has considered the fight against forced labour to be one of its main priorities.

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In November 2001, following the publication of the InFocus Programme's first global report on forced labour, the ILO's governing body created a special action programme to combat forced labour, as part of broader efforts to promote the 1998 Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and its follow-up.

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One major tool to fight forced labour was the adoption of the ILO Forced Labour Protocol by the International Labour Conference in 2014.

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In 2015, the ILO launched a global campaign to end modern slavery, in partnership with the International Organization of Employers and the International Trade Union Confederation .

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The ILO believed that if women worked industrial jobs, this would be a deterrent from them living immoral lives.

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One example the ILO investigated was the "go-go" bars and the growing phenomenon of "hired wives" in Thailand, which both thrived because the development of U S military bases in the region.

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ILO has been involved with the HIV response since 1998, attempting to prevent potentially devastating impact on labour and productivity and that it says can be an enormous burden for working people, their families and communities.

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In 2010, the 99th International Labour Conference adopted the ILO's recommendation concerning HIV and AIDS and the world of work, 2010, the first international labour standard on HIV and AIDS.

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The World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization was established by the ILO's governing body in February 2002 at the initiative of the director-general in response to the fact that there did not appear to be a space within the multilateral system that would cover adequately and comprehensively the social dimension of the various aspects of globalization.

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ILO launched the Future of Work Initiative in order to gain understanding on the transformations that occur in the world of work and thus be able to develop ways of responding to these challenges.

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ILO assessed the impact of technological disruptions on employments worldwide.

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ILO has looked at the transition to a green economy, and the impact thereof on employment.

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