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International Labour Conference

Information for media attending the 108th ILO International Labour Conference

Media advisory | 07 June 2019
GENEVA (ILO News) – The International Labour Organization (ILO) will hold its annual International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva, starting at 11:00 (09:00 GMT) on June 10 and concluding on 21 June 2019.

You can find an overview of the Conference and general information on security access in the media advisory of 27 May. More details are also available on (the programme is regularly updated).

High level visits

A large number of heads of state and government will be attending the conference on 10, 11, 12, 19 and 20 June. Please consult the full list of high level visits, with approximate times of speech.

For more information, please contact

Live webcast 

A live webcast of all high-level plenary sessions will be available on The sessions will be available as downloadable MP4 files and indexed by speaker. The files will be available approximately 30 minutes after the end of each full session of speakers (morning and afternoon).

ILO pool content of high-level sessions

LIVE VIDEO POOL FEED: The ILO will make the high-level sessions available as a pool feed for videographers who are not able to enter the plenary hall. The four-camera, mixed pool signal will be available in Room XVI of the Palais via a distribution box with SDI embedded FLOOR SOUND. The distribution box requires an SDI cable. (Note that there are NO editing “suites” available in this room as it is an overflow room for delegates but journalists can use the media centre on the 8th floor if they need space for their own editing equipment but there is no pool feed in the media center).

The live video pool feed will also be fed from UNTV to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and can be requested by news editors as part of the regular EVN news exchanges or as a unilateral request. Please contact, +4122/717-2840 for more information.

The ILO will film arrivals, meet and greets and bilaterals (as available) of high-level session guests. This material is available on request from

LIVE PLENARY AUDIO: Audio distribution of the high-level sessions in FLOOR SOUND will be available in Room XVI via a distribution box with XLR cable connection.

PHOTOS: All official ILO photos will be available on the ILO Flickr website.

Plenary floor access

VIDEOGRAPHERS: Access to the plenary floor for videographers is limited to ILO, UNTV and the officially designated cameras of each high-level delegation. No other videographers will be allowed on the plenary floor. Very limited space is available on a rotational basis on the 5th floor rear balcony (diplomatic gallery) for videographers wishing to film general views of the plenary. An audio distribution box is available. Space is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact Rosalind Yarde (, +4179/646-0480) for access to the 5th floor gallery.

PHOTOGRAPHERS: Access to the plenary floor is available to photographers via a “special access badge” which can be obtained on high-level session days from Stephanie Malnuit (, +4179/593-1494) at the rear door of the plenary hall, Lausanne side. There will be designated spaces on the plenary floor for photographers and movement around the hall will be restricted during the sessions.

For other questions regarding ILC multimedia content or facilities, please contact or Karen Naets-Sekiguchi (, +4179/593-1363).

Access to all other ILC meeting rooms at the ILO and at the Palais (including the main floor of the Assembly Hall) is not allowed even outside high-level visits unless accompanied by a staff member from DCOMM.

Press accreditation

For Geneva-based journalists already accredited to the UN:

The ILO no longer requires a specific ILC press badge for journalists accredited by UNOG to access the Palais premises of the Conference that are open to the press.

To access the ILO building, UNOG-accredited journalists should announce themselves ahead of their visit via the ILO News Unit in the Department of Communication and Public Information (DCOMM) ( or +4122/799-7912). Access to the Conference Committee on the Application of Standards is not possible without being accompanied by a DCOMM staff member.

For journalists not accredited to the UN:

To obtain accreditation for the conference, and in order to speed up the entry process, journalists should complete an accreditation form online with all information requested (including a valid passport, a copy of a valid professional press card and a letter of assignment from the Editor-in-Chief of the media concerned).

Journalists who may require assistance from the ILO to facilitate entry visas for Switzerland should send a request by e-mail to, subject line VISA & ILC, along with the exact dates of the intended visit, a copy of a valid passport, a copy of a valid professional press card and a letter of assignment from the Editor-in-Chief of the media concerned.

Journalists should collect their badges upon their arrival at the registration office at the Prégny Gate of the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The issuance of a badge is subject to the presentation of the passport referenced in the registration form. The badges also give access to a specific shuttle bus for visitors and media which runs between the ILO building (R2 North – parking P1) and the Prégny Gate of the Palais des Nations.

Journalists wishing to bring in photo or video equipment to the Palais des Nations or the ILO should inform the ILO News Unit in advance ( or +4122/799-7912) and be prepared to pass through a security check point at the Palais des Nations with their equipment.