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Permanent Representative delivers a statement on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the International Labor Organization

Permanent Representative of the Republic of Belarus to the UN Valentin Rybakov took part in a high-level meeting dedicated to the centenary of the International Labor Organization (ILO).

The International Labor Organization is a specialized agency of the UN system, which aims to promote principles of social justice, internationally recognized human and labour rights. Established in 1919, the ILO became the first UN specialized agency in 1946.

The ILO Headquarter is in Geneva, Switzerland. From October 1, 2012, the ILO Director-General is Guy Ryder.

In his statement, the Ambassador of Belarus noted special role of the ILO among the so-called international organizations of the first generation, pointing out that the goals set for the creation of the Organization at the beginning of the 20th century remain relevant today.

The Head of the Belarusian diplomatic mission drew attention to the unique tripartite structure of the ILO according to which representatives of employers and workers – “social partners” in economic activities – have an equal voice in determining policies and programs along with governments.

V. Rybakov stressed that the ILO promotes similar tripartism within Member States, while facilitating dialogue between trade unions and employers with participation of government representatives to develop and implement national policies in the social, economic and other fields.

The Permanent Representative of Belarus wished the ILO further success in advancing and implementing the fundamental labour principles and rights.

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