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Background: 90 years working for social justice

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The ILO is the United Nations agency devoted to advancing opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity. From the eight hour day to the quest for decent work, the ILO has worked for 90 years to promote social justice for everyone engaged in the world of work.

Since its beginnings, the ILO has sought to promote a better life for all. The ILO Constitution declares that “Universal and lasting peace can be established only if it is based on social justice”. The quest for social justice has resonated across the ages since then, through a Nobel Prize for peace and most recently, the Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization. Through war and peace, depression and economic boom, decolonization and globalization, the ILO has worked with and for the people in pursuit of that goal.

The fundamental values of freedom, human dignity, social justice, social security and equality are essential elements of sustainable economic and social development. In the current global economic and jobs crisis, these principles are even more relevant. Today, the ILO brings together working women and men to reshape the world on the basis of its fundamental principles. Join us on this 90th anniversary in celebrating the past and chartering a new course toward a better life for all.

Key texts

Seeking Peace by Cultivating Justice: A Photographic History of the ILO

Seeking Peace by Cultivating Justice: A Photographic History of the ILO

ILO Century Project

The ILO Century Project


 
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