18th International Conference of Labour Statisticians

The 18th International Conference of Labour Statisticians has been convened by the Governing Body of the International Labour Office in its 300th Session (November 2007) to discuss and adopt international statistical standards on two topics, Child Labour and Working Time. It will also discuss and provide guidelines for future work on (a) the measurement of decent work, (b) indicators of labour underutilization and (c) statistics on volunteer work. In addition, the Conference will examine its functions, organization, frequency, etc. in response to a request for mechanisms for faster adoption of international standards in labour statistics.

The agenda of the Conference is as follows:

I. General discussion on a number of topics, including:

  • Updating of the International Classification of Occupations (ISCO-08)
  • Measurement of decent work
  • Indicators of labour underutilization
  • Statistics on Volunteer Work
  • Data compilation and dissemination by the ILO
  • Review of functions and organization of the ICLS

Some of the above-mentioned topics may be the subject of a working group.

II. Measurement of Working Time

III. Measurement of Child Labour

Items II and III will involve the revision and adoption of new international standards on labour statistics respectively.