The International Labor Office (ILO) in Washington, D.C. serves as a liaison between the ILO and the United States government, employers’ and workers’ organizations, multilateral and Washington-based institutions. The Washington Office engages in outreach activities and research and analysis of labor issues. It also represents the ILO to the International Financial Institutions (IFIs) such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) as well as other multilateral institutions and Washington-based organizations and facilitates donor coordination in technical cooperation activities.
Activities in Washington, D.C., 17-21 November 2014
November 20, 2014
The ILO presented a variety of successful regional initiatives developed by their participating partners from Ecuador, Guinea, Timor-Leste and Brazil at the session “South-South and Triangular Cooperation and Decent Work Post-2015”. Participants shared experiences on initiatives that promote social protection floors; social and solidarity economies, as well as the prevention and elimination of child labor; and collaborative efforts between fragile States. The Global South-South Development Expo (GSSD) is an annual event organized by the UN System to showcase innovative solutions that have been successfully replicated to other countries from the Global South.
- The presentation of the session can be found here.
- Overview paper for the ILO session at GSSD
- Publication: Global South-South Development Expos: Decent Work Solutions (2010-2013)
G20 Leaders' Summit in Brisbane
November 17, 2014
Leaders' Summit marked by concern that economies might continue to suffer slow growth and recognition that concerted action is needed to make progress on jobs which remain at hte center of public concern.
November 14, 2014
The Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the United States of America, Japan, Denmark and the International Labour Organization (ILO) today are jointly launching a new Initiative to Promote Fundamental Labor Rights and Practices in Myanmar. The Initiative is intended to build upon Myanmar's existing labor reform efforts, including ongoing legislative reform activities supported by the ILO. The full statement can be found here.
Selected US Government Funded ILO Projects
20 May 2014
A project targeting forced labor was officially launched at the Superior Court of Labor of Brazil in Brasilia, Brazil.
The overall purpose of the project is to strengthen efforts to combat forced labor in Brazil, and to disseminate and share good practices learned in Brazil with Peru through horizontal cooperation mechanisms.
The U.S. Ambassador to the Federative Republic of Brazil, Liliana Ayalde, along with the Minister of the Labor Supreme Court, Antonio José de Barros Levenhagen, the Minister of the Special Human Rights Bureau, Ideli Salvatti, and ILO Brazil Country Director, Laís Abramo were among those making presentations and remarks at the launch.
Support to development in industrial relations, wage fixing, and labor law implementation institutions and capacity in Viet Nam
27 September 2012 - 27 September 2016
The project aims to put into practice the new Labor Code and Trade Union to ensure that, by 2016, Viet Nam’s minimum wage system is reformed and industrial relations institutions and mechanisms for collective bargaining and social dialogue have been perfected and capacity of all stakeholders are strengthened to bring the regulations and practices into closer compliance with international labor standards.