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6-28th March

ILO Governing Body to discuss global crisis response

Executive body meets to decide ILO policy, programme and budget.

Press release | 05 March 2013
GENEVA ─ The Governing Body of the International Labour Organization (ILO) starts on 6 March with the aim of discussing, among other issues, how employment and social policies can lead to a coordinated recovery from the global crisis.

The meeting, scheduled for 6-28 March, will review basic labour rights, social protection issues, technical cooperation approaches and sectoral activities around the globe. Delegates will also examine how to promote full and productive employment and decent work as an explicit goal of the global development agenda beyond 2015.

On 22 March, two distinguished guests will address the high-level section of the Governing Body, Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, and Dr. Deepak Nayyar, Professor of Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

The Governing Body is the executive body of the International Labour Office (the Office is the secretariat of the Organization). It meets three times a year, in March, June and November and takes decisions on ILO policy, the agenda of the International Labour Conference and the draft Programme and Budget of the Organization for submission to the Conference.

It is composed of 56 titular members (28 Governments, 14 Employers and 14 Workers), and 66 deputy members (28 Governments, 19 Employers and 19 Workers). Ten of the titular government seats are permanently held by States of chief industrial importance (Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States). The other Government members are elected by the Conference every three years.