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.
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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.