International Labour Organization (ILO)

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is devoted to promoting social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights, pursuing its founding mission that social justice is essential to universal and lasting peace.

Only tripartite UN agency, the ILO brings together governments, employers and workers representatives of 187 member States , to set labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes promoting decent work for all women and men.

Today, the ILO's Decent Work agenda  helps advance the economic and working conditions that give all workers, employers and governments a stake in lasting peace, prosperity and progress. The ILO aims to ensure that it serves the needs of working women and men by bringing together governments, employers and workers to set labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes. The very structure of the ILO, where workers and employers together have an equal voice with governments in its deliberations, shows social dialogue in action. It ensures that the views of the social partners are closely reflected in ILO labour standards, policies and programmes.

Focus Areas:

    Set and promote 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

Publication/s: World of Work Reports

Year of establishment: 
1919