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Information for the media: 101st International Labour Conference

Media advisory | 24 May 2012
Geneva (ILO Media Advisory) – The International Labour Organization (ILO) will hold its annual International Labour Conference (ILC)  in Geneva between 30 May and 14 June.

This 101st session of the Conference convenes as the world faces ongoing challenges caused by the global economic and jobs crisis, including an unprecedented youth employment crisis.

The Conference brings together more than 3,000 government, union and employer delegates from the ILO’s 184 Member States.

The Conference will be held at the United Nations Office at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.

Conference highlights include:
  • Speech from Aung San Suu Kyi, Chairperson of the National League for Democracy in Myanmar.
  • Possible adoption of an international labour Recommendation on Social Protection (Social security) floors.
Keynote speeches by a number of high-level guests including:
  • H.E. Prince of Asturias, Spain;
  • H.E. the President of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla Miranda;
  • H.E. the President of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano;
  • H.E. the President of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli;
  • H.E. the President of Peru, Ollanta Humala;
  • H.E. the President of Tunisian Republic, Moncef Marzouki;
  • H.E. the President of Zambia, Michael Sata;
  • the founder of the World Economic Forum, Klaus Schwab.
Reports to be discussed include:
  • Application of specific Conventions and Recommendations; 
  • Social protection floors for social justice and a fair globalisation;
  • Tackling Child Labour: From Commitment to Action; 
  • Situation of Workers in the Occupied Arab Territories.

Some of the Committees that will meet include:

  • Committee on Youth Employment; 
  • Committee on Social Protection;
  • Committee on Standards.
More details can be found on the website of the International Labour Conference ( This website will be constantly updated with new material.


For non-Geneva based correspondents:

To obtain accreditation for the Conference, correspondents should complete an Accreditation Form, to be sent by email:

Journalists can collect their badges upon their arrival at the Accreditation Pavillion located at the entrance to the main building of the ILO, 4 route des Morillons (NOT at the Palais des Nations).

You must present a valid identity card (with photo) or passport, a valid professional press card and a letter of assignment from the Editor-in-Chief of the media concerned.

These badges also facilitate your access to a specific shuttle bus for visitors and media running between the ILO building and the Palais des Nations where the Conference takes place.

During plenary sessions, the ILC badge gives access to the press gallery. A specific request must be made to the press office by cameramen and photographers who want access to the plenary floor.

Geneva-based correspondents, already accredited to the UN:

Correspondents who already hold media accreditation from UNOG will receive a specific badge from the ILO Spokesperson from 28 May that you must carry (in addition to your usual UN badge) in order to have access to areas open to the media.

For more information on the International Labour Conference (ILC), please contact:

ILO Department of Communication and Public Information tel.: +4122/799-7912 fax: +4122/799-8577 email: