Mission and Objectives


Publication: 2012-09-17



Name:Owen Ambur


Name:International Labour Organization


The International Labour Organization (ILO) is devoted to promoting social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights, pursuing its founding mission that labour peace is essential to prosperity. Today, the ILO helps advance the creation of decent work and the economic and working conditions that give working people and business people a stake in lasting peace, prosperity and progress. Its tripartite structure provides a unique platform for promoting decent work for all women and men. Its main aims are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues.


  • United NationsThe International Labour Organization (ILO) is the only tripartite U.N. agency with government, employer, and worker representatives. This tripartite structure makes the ILO a unique forum in which the governments and the social partners of the economy of its 185 Member States can freely and openly debate and elaborate labour standards and policies.

  • International Labour OfficeThe International Labour Office is the permanent secretariat of the International Labour Organization, its operational headquarters. Administration and management are decentralized in regional, area, and branch offices in more than 40 countries under the leadership of a Director-General.

  • ILO Director-GeneralA new Director-General is elected every five years by the Governing Body. Subject to the instructions of the Governing Body, the Director-General is responsible for the efficient conduct of the International Labour Office and other duties as may be assigned.

  • ILO Administrative TribunalThe Administrative Tribunal examines employment-related complaints by officials of the International Labour Office and of the other international organizations that have recognized its jurisdiction. It is currently open to approximately 46,000 international civil servants who are serving or former officials of some 60 organizations.

  • ILO Centres and InstitutesThe ILO is universally regarded as an authoritative source of knowledge on the world of work. The Organization has established Institutes and centres that provide specialized research,training and support for the ILO’s offices and constituents.