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Governing Body of International Labour Organization

25th October, 2020 International Relations
  • After 35 years, India has assumed the Chairmanship of the Governing Body of International Labour Organization, marking a new chapter in the 100 years of productive relationship between India and ILO.
  • The Chairperson of the Governing Body of ILO is a position of international repute.
  • The Governing Body (GB) is the apex executive body of the ILO which decides policies, programmes, agenda, budget and elects the Director-General.
  • At present ILO has 187 members.
  • Governing Body provide a platform to appraise participants of the transformational initiatives taken by Government in removing the rigidities of labour market besides making its intention clear about universalization of social security to all workers whether in organised or unorganised sector.

About ILO:

  • The International Labour Organization (ILO) is a United Nations agency whose mandate is to advance social and economic justice through setting international labour standards.
  • Founded in 1919 under the League of Nations, it is the first and oldest specialised agency of the UN.
  • The ILO's international labour standards are broadly aimed at ensuring accessible, productive, and sustainable work worldwide in conditions of freedom, equity, security and dignity.
  • ILO's three main bodies:
    • International Labour Conference, which meets annually to formulate international labour standards;
    • Governing Body, which serves as the executive council and decides the agency's policy and budget; and
    • International Labour Office, the permanent secretariat that administers the organization and implements activities.