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ILO between the two world wars

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Albert Thomas, ILO Director (1920 - 1932)

Select to magnify the image “There shall be a Director-General of the International Labour Office, who shall be appointed by the Governing Body, and, subject to the instructions of the Governing Body, shall be responsible for the efficient conduct of the International Labour Office and for such other duties as may be assigned to him. The Director-General or his deputy shall attend all meetings of the Governing Body.” (article 8 of the ILO Constitution ).
  1. Biography of Albert Thomas

The International Labour Office sets up shop in Geneva

The International Labour Office (ILO), the Organization’s permanent secretariat, was established in London and moved to Geneva on 19 July 1920. It set up shop in the building that is today the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), across from the Pregny entrance to the Palais des Nations. ILO soon realized that the building was ill suited to its activities and so decided not to buy it. The decision to build new premises was taken at the 2nd Assembly of the League of Nations. The foundation stone of the new building was laid at a ceremony at Sécheron, on the shores of Lake Geneva, on 21 October 1923. The building, which was constructed by Swiss architect Georges Epitaux (1873-1957), was inaugurated less than three years later, on 6 June 1926. ILO’s current premises, on the route des Morillons, were inaugurated on 12 November 1974.

International Labour Conference (Maritime Session)

At periodic intervals, ILO convenes a session of the International Labour Conference centred on the maritime sector, to address problems specific to work in that sector.

The 2nd International Labour Conference was held in Genoa, in June 1920. It was entirely devoted to maritime matters. The Conference adopted the Minimum Age (Sea) Convention, which entered into force on 27 September 1921 and was amended by the Minimum Age (Sea) Convention (Revised), 1936 and by the Minimum Age Convention, 1973.
  1. 1919-1939:
    ILO between the two world wars
    1. 1919
    2. 1920
    3. 1926
    4. 1927
    5. 1930
    6. 1932
    7. 1936
    8. 1939
  2. 1940-1945
  3. 1946-1959
  4. 1960-1988
  5. 1989-1998
  6. 1999-

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