Interagency Partnerships

  • UNEP
  • UN/John Isaac

Making decent work happen!

The ILO has formed close partnerships with a range of UN entities to promote decent work and social justice for all women and men.

Within this framework the ILO has more than 115 projects in collaboration with various organizations of the UN system, representing almost 15 per cent of the total number of the ILO’s active development cooperation projects. The ILO also plays a key role in a range of Joint UN Programmes and harnesses the potential of UN Multi-Partner Trust Funds to bring decent work to all. A full list of ILO's partnerships with other international organisations is available here

New ILO-UN partnerships

  1. © ILO/ Ala’a al-Sukhni 2018

    Syrian refugee crisis

    ILO, UNHCR to boost job creation for refugees and host communities in Jordan

    17 July 2018

    A Letter of Understanding, signed by the two agencies, outlines ways to increase collaboration of joint activities aimed at helping Refugees and Host Communities access decent work.

  2. © UN photo/S. Paris

    Fragile situations

    ILO and UNOPS step up efforts

    The ILO and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) covering several areas of cooperation, especially in fragile situations.

  3. © Cultura Creative/M. Ryan

    Youth employment

    UN Chiefs endorse Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth

    The UN Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) endorsed the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth on 18 November 2015, which aims to scale up action in support of youth employment – one of the main global challenges and priorities of our times.

  4. Syria refugee crisis

    The ILO response

    As part of the wider UN-response to the Syrian refugee crisis, the ILO has adopted a development-focused and employment-driven strategy that supports host communities and refugees so as to maintain and reinforce the social and economic stability of the affected neighbouring countries (Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt).

  5. ILO-FAO project

    Zambia: Four for the price of one

    A new ILO-FAO agricultural employment project in Zambia aims to create 3000 additional decent jobs for rural youth, increase their incomes and tackle nutritional deficiencies. In so doing, it works towards four of the new sustainable development goals.

Partnerships in the spotlight

  1. Gender equality

    UN Joint Programme on Gender Equality in Zimbabwe 

    In February 2014, the UN in Zimbabwe launched the country’s first Joint Programme on Gender Equality. The programme brings together the Government, UN agencies, development partners and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).The programme aims to accelerate the country’s advancement towards gender equality and women’s empowerment.

  1. Rural development

    Decent work for food security & sustainable rural development

    This project aims to promote food security and sustainable poverty reduction of rural communities in the most vulnerable and disadvantaged districts of Indonesia’s Nusa Tenggara Timur province, by increasing labour productivity, enhancing employment opportunities that comply with the principles of decent work, and expanding entrepreneurial opportunities in key agro-food value chains – particularly maize, seaweed and livestock – with high employment and income generation potential.

  2. Child labour

    Strengthening human security in border communities of Turkana, Kenya

    Strengthening human security in the border communities of Turkana is a project aimed at addressing the human security concerns of pastoralists living in extreme hardship and vulnerability to numerous threats in Turkana county of northern Kenya. The project is undertaken in the context of UN inter-agency coordination and is implemented by UNDP, FAO, WHO, IOM, UNICEF and the ILO, in partnership with local community-based organizations, peace committees, local governments and the Governmental National Drought Management. Authority

  3. Social protection floors

    South-South and triangular cooperation for gender sensitive social protection floors

    This ILO-UNDP Special Unit for South-South Cooperation project aims at supporting countries from the South in the design, implementation, monitoring or harmonization of Social Protection Floor policies or components. Five countries have been initially selected: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Togo.

  4. Migration and climate change

    Strengthening the capacity of Pacific Island Countries to manage the impact of climate change in migration

    The ILO - in partnership with ESCAP and UNDP - have joined forces to develop the ability of Pacific Island Countries to address the impacts of climate change on migration through well-managed, rights-based migration schemes and policy frameworks, supported by comprehensive research and knowledge building.