Category

Specialized Agencies

HQ location

Geneva

Date established

28 November 1919

Resolution

GA Resolution 50(I)

Joined CEB

14 December 1946

Leadership

Director-General

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.

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.

International Labour Conference
The International Labour Conference meets each year to adopt and oversee compliance with international labour standards, establish the Organization's budget and elect Governing Body members. Since 1919, the Conference has served as a major international forum for debate on social and labour questions of worldwide importance.

Governing Body
The Governing Body is the executive body of the International Labour Office (the ILO's permanent secretariat). It meets three times a year (March, June and November) and takes decisions on ILO policy, the International Labour Conference agenda and the Organization's draft programme and budget for submission to the Conference, and elects the Director-General.

International Labour Office
The International Labour Office is the focal point of ILO activities, which are carried out under the scrutiny of the Governing Body and leadership of the Director-General. The Office employs more than 2,500 people in Geneva and 40 field offices around the world.

Each of the ILO's 183 Member States has the right to send four delegates to the Conference: two from government and one each representing workers and employers, each of whom may speak and vote independently.

The ILO Governing Body has 56 titular members (28 governments, 14 employers and 14 workers) and 66 deputy members (28 governments, 19 employers and 19 workers). Ten of the titular government seats are permanently held by states of chief industrial importance (Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, the Russian Federation, UK and USA). The other government members are elected by the Conference every three years (most recently on 6 June 2011). The employer and worker members are elected in their individual capacity.

Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Angola
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswan
Brazil
Brunei Darussalam
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
Chile
China
Colombia
Comoros
Congo
Costa Rica
Cote d'Ivoire
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus
Czech Republic
DR Congo
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Fiji
Finland
France
Gabon
Gambia
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq

Workers' Group Members for 2011-14

Regular Members
N Adyanthaya, India
S Fox, USA
K Asamoah, Ghana
J GOmez Esguerra, Colombia
B Byers, Canada
S Gurney, UK
L Cortebeeck, Belgium
G Jiang, China
R Diallo, Guinea
H Kaddous, Algeria
H Kelly, New Zealand
T Sakurada, Japan
M Shmakov, Russian Federation
M Sommer, Germany

Deputy Members
F Atwoli, Kenya
M Francisco, Angola
I Carcamo, Honduras
B Hossu, Romania
R de Leeuw, Belgium
A Hussain, Bahrain
C Del Rio, Italy
M Lateef, Pakistan
F Djondang, Chad
G Martinez, Argentina
E Familia, Dominican Republic
L Matibenga, Zimbabwe
B Ntshalintshali, South Africa
B Pandey, Nepal
R Silaban, Indonesia
N Souza da Silva, Brazil
T L Sundnes, Norway
Y Veyrier, France
A Wolanska, Poland

Employers' Group Members for 2011-14

Regular Members
S Allam, Egypt
P Anderson, Australia
D Funes de Rioja, Argentina
R Goldberg, USA
R Hornung-Draus, Germany
E Julien, France
D Lima-Godoy, Brazil
H Matsui, Japan
K Mattar, UAE
Y Modi, India
J Mugo, Kenya
J Ronnest, Denmark
C Syder, UK
L Traore, Mali

Deputy Members
0MS Alrayes, Bahrain
K de Meester, Belgium
JA de Regil, Mexico
D Djimanto, Indonesia
A Echavarria S aldarriaga, Colombia
A Frimpong, Ghana
L Horvatic, Croatia
A Jeetun, Mauritius
J Lacasa Aso, Spain
H Liu, China
M Mdwaba, South Africa
M Megateli, Algeria
M Moskvina, Russian Federation
K Rahman, Bangladesh
A Savane, Guinea
A Urtecho Lopez, Honduras
F Welzijn, Suriname
P Woolford, Canada
A Yuma, DR Congo

The International Labour Conference is held in Geneva, Switzerland, in June each year.

4 Route des Morillons
1211 Geneva 22
Switzerland
Telephone: (+41 22) 799 6111
Fax: (+41 22) 798 8685
Email: ilo@ilo.org