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Media advisory

Preview of the 106th session of the International Labour Conference

Media advisory | 29 May 2017
GENEVA (ILO News) – The 106th session of the International Labour Conference will take place at the UN Palais des Nations in Geneva from June 5-16, 2017.

More than 4,000 worker, employer and government delegates from the ILO's 187 member States will tackle a wide range of issues. Plenary sessions will be broadcast live on

Here is a preview of the main events:

5 June: Opening ceremony (11.00 a.m.)

The Conference will elect its President and Vice-presidents to be followed by the opening address of ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder. This year’s report of the head of the ILO: Work in a changing climate: the Green Initiative, provides a roadmap for a just transition to a green economy.

At 12.45, H.E. Tabaré Vázquez, President of the Eastern Republic of Uruguay, is expected to address the Conference.

12 June: World Day Against Child Labour

The theme for this year is: In conflicts and disasters, protect children from child labour.

A specific media advisory will be issued closer to the day, including details on the event at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

14 June: Launch of the WESO – Trends for Women 2017

A press briefing under embargo will be held on 14 June to brief ILC and UN-accredited correspondents on the new World Employment and Social Outlook (WESO) – Trends for Women 2017, providing figures and analysis on women in the labour market, including the huge economic benefits that could be made by closing large gender gaps. A separate media advisory will be issued closer to the launch.

15 June: “World of Work Summit”

A World of Work Summit on the theme Women in the world of work will be held on 15 June in the morning in the Assembly Hall gathering high-level government, worker and employer panelists. More details will be communicated later.


Specific ILC committees will address the following issues:
The different committees will report back to the plenary session of the Conference once they have completed their work. Kindly note that committee sessions are not accessible to journalists without prior authorization.

Details on the ILO Conference programme are available at (please note that the programme is regularly being updated).

Media accreditation

For media accreditation, details on room access and high level sessions both for UN-accredited correspondents and other journalists, please refer to the media advisory that was issued on 9 May.

Social media

The following hashtags will be used during the conference:

English: #ILC2017
French: #CITravail
Spanish: #CITrabajo

Daily “ILO Live: Ask the experts” sessions on Facebook – also accessible on – will take place from the Salle des Pas Perdus at the Palais des Nations. They will provide an opportunity for internet users from all over the world to ask their questions to guests.

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