The Republic of Korea has been a member State of the ILO since 1991 and has ratified 29 ILO conventions including, four Fundamental Conventions — the two on discrimination and two on child labour.

Korea's strategic contribution to the ILO

The Republic of Korea funds the ILO through:

  • Assessed contributions paid by all ILO member States by virtue of their membership, which constitute the ILO’s core funding or regular budget. In 2018, Korea’s assessed contribution to the ILO’s regular budget exceeded US$ 29.9 million.
  • Voluntary, non-core funding contributions provided as earmarked funds for priority programmes and projects in addition to assessed contributions. Total voluntary contributions by Korea to the ILO between 2015 and 2018 amounted to US$ 7.3 million
The Republic of Korea’s contributions to the ILO, 2015-2018

The Republic of Korea’s support to ILO interventions

With the support of development cooperation funding from the Republic of Korea, the ILO currently implements programmes in Namibia on strengthening public employment services as well as a number of regional programmes in Asia and the Pacific and two global programmes. An important number of secondments are supported by the Republic of Korea’s Expert Programme.

The Korea-ILO partnership 

Launched in 2004, the ILO/Korea Partnership Programme is supported by the ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific to provide technical assistance to help achieve the goals set out in the ILO’s Decent Work Agenda in Asia and the Pacific. The ILO/Korea Partnership Programme has been renewed for the period 2018-2020, and supports projects that strengthen public employment services, promote occupational safety and health, and enhance social protection floors.

The ILO’s key partners for engagement with the Republic of Korea include the Ministry of Employment and Labour, the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

Korea’s Priorities in International Cooperation

Korea’s international cooperation is based on people-cantered approach to peace and prosperity. This strategy focuses on the following sectors: education, health, governance, agriculture, forestry and fisheries, as well as technology, environment and energy. Environment, gender equality and human rights are cross-cutting issues in Korea’s international cooperation.In terms of geographic focus, Korea has 24 core partner countries.