International Labour Organization (ILO)

International Labour Organization (ILO)

Specialized agency of the United Nations system dedicated to improving labour conditions and living standards throughout the world. Established in 1919 through the Treaty of Versailles as an agency of the League of Nations, the ILO became the first specialized agency affiliated with the UN in 1946. Its activities include compiling labour statistics, protecting international migrants, and safeguarding trade-union rights. Its delegates come from member governments (50%), labour (25%), and employers (25%). About 175 countries are represented in the ILO. It received the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1969.

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