ILO Open Day: 100 years of action for social justice!

To mark its Centenary, the International Labour Office (ILO), the first specialized agency of the United Nations, will open its doors to the public for the first time in 100 years on Tuesday, 15 October in Geneva. Register now!

This is an historic first! For one working day, the ILO invites you, in collaboration with the Fondation pour Genève, to discover its 100 years of action on the ground but also to dialogue together on the future of the world of work.

Geneva, host city of international institutions, will in turn be welcomed at the first ILO open day during which you will be able to access the headquarters of the oldest specialized agency of the UN.

Through various fun and interactive activities, visitors will be able to discover the past, present and future of the world of work – from the founding of the ILO in 1919 to major historical events, Conventions and programmes that shape everyone’s lives.

Today, work is increasingly digital, and the Open Day will include encounters with a robot, an experience of virtual reality and an invitation to share your own vision of the future of work.


08:00 – 15:00 Guided tours and presentation of activities for Geneva schools, in collaboration with the Eduki Foundation and Espace Entreprise
15:00 – 18:30 Open to the general public
18:30 – 19:30 High-level panel on theme "How to reconcile full employment and decent work with sustainable development?" with ILO Director-General Guy Ryder and Geneva public figures

Panelists at the conference:

Moderated by: Ms Romaine Jean
  • Mr Mauro Poggia, Conseiller d’Etat en charge du département de la sécurité, de l’emploi et de la santé
  • Mr Olivier Sandoz, Directeur général adjoint de la FER Genève
  • Mr Umberto Bandiera, Secrétaire Syndical UNIA Genève, chef affaires internationales
  • Ms Sophie Swaton, chargée de cours à l’Université de Lausanne, Directrice de l’institut de géographie et durabilité

› Register on the Fondation pour Genève website

The dedicated hashtag for this day is: #ILO100


International Labour Office (ILO)
Route des Morillons 4
1211 Geneva

How to access the ILO

Bus lines F, 5, 8, 22, 28 connect the center of Geneva to the headquarters of the ILO. The main entrance and route to the ILO will be marked. 

While visitors are encouraged to come to the ILO by public transport, a limited number of parking places will be made available upon request. In order to access the visitors' parking lot, please send an email to with the license plate number and model of your vehicle.