Knowledge for Prevention Initiative

New strategic orientation for the international network of CIS centres

ILO proposes a new strategic orientation for the international network of CIS centres.

News | 04 November 2013
The ILO proposes a new strategic orientation for the international network of CIS centres called "The ILO Knowledge for Prevention Initiative: A proposal for discussion".

The document introduces a new ILO proposal for promoting and supporting international networking in occupational safety and health (OSH). It builds on the past experience and traditions of CIS as well as on the outcomes of strategic discussions on possible future orientations, products and services. The main ideas in the current proposal were introduced during the 50th meeting of the CIS network.

The proposal highlights some of the challenges in relation to OSH knowledge and information around the world, and brings attention on the role the network of CIS Centres is called to play in enhancing access to quality knowledge and information for the purpose of prevention. It points to the necessity for the network to reassert its true purpose by defining its work programme, and adopting a new structure and governance modalities for its effective implementation. Strategic objectives are proposed and indications of possible outputs to serve the purpose of the network are provided. The document concludes by suggesting a possible way forward in terms of practical steps for making the CIS network a collective undertaking for prevention worldwide.

51st meeting of the CIS network

The document was prepared for the 51st annual meeting of the CIS network which took place on 11-12 November at the International Training Centre (ITC) of the ILO in Turin, Italy. Representatives of all CIS centres – regional, national or collaborating – were invited to this important event for the future of the network.

The main objective of the meeting was to review and modernize the terms and conditions governing the participation of agencies, institutions and organizations in the CIS network of national and collaborating centres, as a means to improve its functioning and ensure further development.

For more information about the strategic orientation or the meeting, please contact the CIS Network responsible officer by sending an e-mail to or by fax at +41 22 799 68 78.