About the ILO

The only tripartite U.N. agency, since 1919 the ILO brings together governments, employers and workers of 187 Member States, to set labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes promoting decent work for all women and men. Origins and history

How we work

  1. The unique tripartite structure of the ILO gives an equal voice to workers, employers and governments to ensure that the views of the social partners are closely reflected in labour standards and in shaping policies and programmes.

Mission and impact

  1. The main aims of the ILO are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues.

Stories of impact

  1. Reducing Vulnerability in Lao People's Democratic Republic

    23 November 2022

    Noudthong Alounthong, ILO National Project Coordinator in Lao PDR, explains how the SOLAR project supports the government and civil society to promote labour rights and improve access to social security and occupational safety and health for coffee and tea workers.

  2. How PROSPECTS Partnership helps build resilience of hosts and refugees communities in Lebanon

    21 November 2022

    Despite facing one of the worst socio-economic crisis in decades, Lebanon continues to host one of the highest number of refugee populations. The PROSPECTS Partnership supported by the Kingdom of Netherlands is providing education, employment and social protection support to build resilience and self-reliance of both hosts and refugees in the country.