The International Labour Organization is the UN specialized agency which seeks
the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labour
rights. It was founded in 1919 and is the only surviving major creation of the
Treaty of Versailles which brought the League of Nations into being and it
became the first specialized agency of the UN in 1946.
The ILO has been instrumental in a number of important social achievements,
such as an eight–hour working day, paid maternity leave, child labour
eliminating laws, work towards greater occupational safety and arrangements for
peaceful resolution of labour disputes.
No other country or industry would have been able to offer the same
guarantees separately from one another without being confident that their
competitors in the world markets would follow suit.
In 1944, the International Labour Conference meeting in Philadelphia, USA,
adopted the Declaration of Philadelphia, which redefined the aims and purpose of
For more detailed information
you may visit the website of the ILO
Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia