ILO at Work (Extended Version)


Work. Whether you’ve got it, you need it or you depend on others to have it, work is central to your well-being. Work gives our lives purpose, dignity…. Work gives us….. our humanity. Some 200 million people need work. Millions more have work but live in poverty. Hundreds of millions lack
the basic labour rights to give them a living that is healthy, safe and secure … The International Labour Organization is the UN agency for the world of work. It was founded on the belief that social justice is essential
to universal and lasting peace. The ILO promotes Decent Work for all through an agenda that aims to give people a fair stake
in their working lives and in society. The ILO was created in 1919 as part of the Treaty of Versailles
that ended World War I to ensure social justice for people at work. It became a specialized agency
of the newly formed United Nations after the Second World War and today has a membership
of 187 countries that continues to grow. The ILO received
the Nobel Peace Prize in 1969 and today is recognized as the world’s authority
on the world of work; its impact’s seen at key moments in history. Headquartered in Geneva and with over 40 field offices
around the globe, the ILO is unique amongst
international organizations – where not only governments but employers and workers
as well have equal voices. They work together
to create labour standards and policies
that impact today’s global economy. Headed by a Director-General, the secretariat conducts research
and data analysis about the world of work and supports the work of members
and constituents. Each June, the organization meets
for its annual International Labour Conference where labour standards
are discussed and adopted. An executive council or Governing Body
meets three times a year. In the field, the ILO advises governments and collaborates on projects at the country level to help put standards and policies into practice through training, education and research. In 2008, the ILO adopted a Declaration
on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization to respond to a world faced with economic crisis. It made Decent Work the core of ILO policy and put a Decent Work agenda into practice. The Decent Work Agenda
has four strategic objectives; promote decent employment opportunities; enhance social protection; strengthen tripartism and social dialogue; guarantee fundamental principles
and rights at work. Decent Work is Goal 8 of the UN’s 2030
Agenda for Sustainable Development and is an integral part of all
17 Sustainable Development Goals. The ILO’s Decent Work Agenda is an essential contribution
to peace and security, to sustainable economic growth and the dignity of men and women. Globalization, disruptive technologies, rising inequality… the World of Work is changing
faster than ever before. The ILO brings nearly 100 years of knowledge, experience and achievement, as it considers the Future of Work: “From the ILO,
we come to this with a mandate and our mandate in the end is to promote social justice in the world. And that’s the best way
to keep our world peaceful.”

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