The International Labour Organization (ILO) is the UN specialized agency dealing with work and workplace issues, and related rights and standards. Its overarching goal is to achieve decent work for all so everyone benefits from working conditions that offer freedom, equity, security and human dignity
Nepal joined the ILO in 1966. In view of the increasing need for support in Nepal and scope for expansion of ILO programmes, the Office of the Senior ILO Adviser was established in January 1994 in Nepal. The Kathmandu Office transitioned to a full-fledged Country Office in 2000.
Nepal has ratified 11 ILO Conventions, including seven core Conventions. The Country Office in Kathmandu supports the constituents in their efforts to achieve decent work and social justice in Nepal.
Present ILO Nepal technical cooperation programmes include promoting employment-centric inclusive growth, improving labour market governance and industrial relations, and promoting fundamental principles and rights at work. The ILO in Nepal has played an important role in developing a constructive and congenial social partnership between the Government, workers’ and employers’ organizations. Based on this partnership, the tripartite constituents have been able to unionize informal workers, implement a range of social protection measures, amend labour laws, establish a social dialogue mechanism, and ratify ILO Conventions.
The ILO Nepal is responsible for the coordination of the outcome two of theUnited Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2013-2017, which aims to increase the country capacity to design, execute and manage economic development programmes, inclusive labour and economic policies, and social protection benefits to boost productive employment and income opportunities.