ILO (International Labour
agency of the UN that deals with labor issues
clues: Worldwide workers' grp.; U.N. working-conditions agency;
UN agency, 1969; UN agency established in 1919; UN agcy
2 times a year
in English language:
36996 / 86800
Word on Women – Boundless Implications for ILO's Recent
Recognition of Domestic Work
International Labour Organization (ILO) is a specialized agency
of the United Nations that deals with labour issues. Its
headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland. Founded in 1919, it was
formed through the negotiations of the Treaty of Versailles, and
was initially an agency of the League of Nations. It became a
member of the UN system after the demise of the League and the
formation of the UN at the end of World War II. Its Constitution,
as amended to date, includes the Declaration of Philadelphia
(1944) on the aims and purposes of the Organization. Its
secretariat is known as the International Labour Office and its
current Director-General is Juan Somavia (since 1999).
stated by its Director-General, "the primary goal of the ILO
today is to promote opportunities for women and men to obtain
decent and productive work, in conditions of freedom, equity,
security and human dignity." In working towards this goal,
the organization seeks to promote employment creation, strengthen
fundamental principles and rights at work - workers' rights,
improve social protection, and promote social dialogue as well as
provide relevant information, training and technical assistance.
At present, the ILO's work is organized into four thematic
groupings or sectors: (1) Standards and fundamental principles
and rights at work; (2) Employment; (3) Social Protection; and
(4) Social Dialogue.
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