Published in March 2022
ILO programme implementation 2020-21
This report offers detailed information on the impact of ILO work on people’s lives and on the realization of the ILO’s social justice mandate throughout the 2020-21 biennium, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The enduring effects of the pandemic in 2022–23 and beyond will continue to confront the world of work with great uncertainty and persistent decent work challenges.
Constituents’ priorities are shifting from immediate response towards longer-term solutions to the crisis. This calls for sustained progress to realize the ILO’s value proposition for a human-centred recovery underpinned by decent work, as underlined by the Global Call to Action.
Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General
The ILO in action
Leading the human-centred response to COVID-19 in the world of work
Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, the ILO put together a policy framework for tackling the pandemic's economic and social impact, adjusted its operational workplans, carried out assessments of the impact of the crisis on jobs, businesses and livelihoods and provided platforms to share knowledge, tools and guidance to support governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations.
At the 2021 International Labour Conference, government, employer and worker delegates from 181 Member States unanimously adopted the Global Call to Action for a Human-Centred Recovery, committing Member States to pursue a job-rich recovery that substantially strengthens sustainable enterprises, labour and social protection, with support from the multilateral system and under ILO leadership.
Key milestones in 2020-21
Publication of the first ILO Monitor of the impact of COVID-19 on the world of work and launch of the COVID-19 knowledge sharing platform.
The Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999 (No. 182) becomes the first ILO Convention ratified by all ILO Member States in the history of the Organization.
The Global Summit on COVID-19 and the World of Work, addressed by 51 Heads of State and Government and attended by tripartite representatives from 98 countries.
Publication of the Global Wage Report 2020-21: Wages and minimum wages in the time of COVID-19.
The ILO and UNICEF release a new edition of Global estimates on child labour.
The ILO's Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019 (No. 190) enters into force. C190 was ratified by 10 Member States in 2020-21.
The Secretary-General of the UN announces the launch of a Global Accelerator for jobs and social protection, led by the ILO.
The first-ever virtual International Labour Conference concludes with calls for increased action on inequalities and skills.
The ILO contributed to the achievement of 896 results in 151 Member States and two territories in 2020-21, exceeding the target set for the biennium. More than 45% of the results were directly linked to the response to the COVID-19 crisis.
All the results contribute directly to progress of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) linked to Decent Work.
Visit the Decent Work Results Dashboard for detailed information on results by country and policy outcome.
In 2020-21, the ILO spent $1,104.6 million on delivering the eight policy outcomes included in its programme, 41% from its regular budget and 59% from voluntary contributions.
Voluntary contributions are channelled through extrabudgetary development cooperation projects or as core funding through the Regular Budget Supplementary Account.
ILO results: How the ILO has impacted people’s lives
Strong tripartite constituents and influential and inclusive social dialogue
International labour standards and authoritative and effective supervision
Economic, social and environmental transitions for full, productive and freely chosen employment and decent work for all
Sustainable enterprises as generators of employment and promoters of innovation and decent work
Skills and lifelong learning to facilitate access to and transitions in the labour market
Gender equality and equal opportunities and treatment for all in the world of work
Adequate and effective protection at work for all
Comprehensive and sustainable social protection for all
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This InfoStory and the ILO programme implementation report for 2020-21 are the products of collaborative work involving all ILO departments at headquarters and offices in the regions.
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