20th International Conference of Labour Statisticians

10 - 19 October 2018, Geneva, Switzerland


First held in 1923, the International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS) is the world’s recognized standard-setting body in the area of labour statistics. It is convened roughly every five years by the International Labour Organization (ILO), a specialized agency of the United Nations. The ICLS makes recommendations on selected topics of labour statistics in the form of resolutions and guidelines, which are then approved by the Governing Body of the ILO before becoming part of the set of international standards on labour statistics.

Participants include experts from governments, mostly representing labour ministries and national statistical offices, as well as from employers’ and workers’ organizations. Observers come from international and regional organizations and other interest groups.

The 20th ICLS will take place at the ILO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland during 10-19 October 2018 and the following topics, among others, are to be discussed:
  • Revision of the International Classification of Status in Employment (ICSE-93)
  • Update on the implementation of the 19th ICLS Resolution concerning statistics of work, employment and labour underutilization
  • Statistical standards to measure labour migration and forced labour
  • Indicators relevant for the world of work within the Global Indicator Framework to monitor the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030.


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