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International labour standards have grown into a comprehensive system of instruments on work and social policy, backed by a supervisory system designed to address all sorts of problems in their application at the national level.  more


  1. CEACR Event for the Centenary

    Monitoring compliance with ILO standards: Significant achievements and opportunities ahead

    28 November 2019 (15:00-18:00), ILO Geneva, Room II

    Roundtable – Chairperson (Judge G. Dixon Caton) and six key speakers (Judge R. Layton, Professor J. Bellace, Judge A. Koroma, Ms S. Regenbogen, Mr M. Leemans and Mr P. Rochford) 

  1. ILO centenary initiatives

    The standards initiative

  2. One for All

    ILO Centenary Ratification Campaign

  3. #Trade4DecentWork

    Trade for Decent Work Project

    The project aims at improving the application of the ILO fundamental Conventions in EU trading partner countries through improved labour relations and working conditions

  4. ILC, 108th Session, 2019

    Committee on the Application of Standards

    10-21 June 2019

What's new

  1. News

    The Netherlands marks the ILO centenary with the ratification of the Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (No. 188)

    19 December 2019

  2. Maritime Labour Convention

    Cook Islands ratifies the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, as amended (MLC, 2006)

    19 December 2019

    Cook Islands is the 96th Member State of the ILO to have ratified the Convention

  3. Forced Labour

    New Zealand renews commitment toward the elimination of forced labour

    16 December 2019

    New Zealand has ratified the Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention becoming the 43rd ILO member State to do so

  4. Event

    Monitoring compliance with ILO standards: Significant achievements and opportunities ahead

    This event will allow a discussion of the role of the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations and its relationship with the Conference Committee on the Application of Standards in the context of achieving better compliance with ILO standards.

  5. Blog

    The positive impact of labour standards on peoples’ lives

    27 November 2019

    The ILO’s supervisory bodies are not only at the heart of the ILO’s work on labour standards, they have a positive and practical impact on peoples’ lives.