ILO launches website, as it marks 100th anniversary this year

11Jan 2019
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
ILO launches website, as it marks 100th anniversary this year

THE International Labour Organization (ILO) has launched the ILO Centenary an ambitious new interactive website named-Our Story, Your Story as part of marking its 100th anniversary – making it one of the oldest UN Agencies.

THE International Labour Organization (ILO) 100th anniversary

According to a statement issued yesterday, the website takes visitors through the Organization’s past, present and future. It also reveals a new chapter, each covering a world of work theme, starting from 9 January until 13 March.

At the same time ILO has also launched a new global awareness-raising campaign sub-titled, “Taking the ILO to the People”, which will use striking visuals and messages, to connect the public with the work of the ILO and how the organisation has benefitted people’s lives over the past 100 years. The campaign links back to the interactive website.

The public is invited to join ILO online for the global campaign across social media platforms throughout 2019.  The hashtag #ILO100  will be used throughout the year. Cards for social media covering 25 world of work topics have been prepared and are being transmitted to audiences around the world.

With its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, ILO was founded in 1919, in the wake of a destructive war, to pursue a vision based on the premise that universal, lasting peace can be established only if it is based on social justice. The ILO became the first specialized agency of the UN in 1946.

The UN agency is responsible for setting international labour standards and promotes social protection and work opportunities for all.

Currently, the ILO has 187 member states: 186 of the 193 UN member states plus the Cook Islands are members of the ILO. The tripartite structure is unique to the ILO where representatives from the government, employers and employees openly debate and create labour standards.

The International Labour Organization has developed a system of international labour standards aimed at promoting opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work, in conditions of freedom, equity, security and dignity.