International labour standards
International labour standards (ILS) are legal instruments that establish basic minimum social standards agreed upon by governments, employers and workers. ILS cover all matters related to work and are backed up by a supervisory system designed to deal with all sorts of problems in their application at the national level.

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Upcoming Courses
ILO Maritime Labour Academy - Track 6: Workshop on the ILO MLC, 2006 for recruitment and placement agencies (NEW)

The course aims to provide participants with a sound understanding of the requirements of the MLC, 2006 relating to placement and recruitment agencies and to make suggestions as to how those requirements may be implemented. Read More

Code: A907097

When: 17/09/2014 - 19/09/2014

Venue: Turin Centre

Language: English

ILO Maritime Labour Academy - Track 1: Training of trainers and maritime inspectors in the application of the ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006

The course aims to strengthen the capacity of trainers to train maritime labour inspectors in the MLC, 2006, and ensure better quality and consistency in the inspection systems worldwide. Read More

Code: A907107

When: 22/09/2014 - 03/10/2014

Venue: Turin Centre

Language: English

Communicating labour rights: a training course for media professionals (BLENDED)

The course aims to strengthen participants' capacity to use international labour standards and the ILO's supervisory work to raise public awareness of internationally recognized human rights at work, and their relevance to local social issues. Read More

Code: A977105

When: 06/10/2014 - 14/11/2014

Venue: Blended

Language: English, French


This is the way we create positive change in the world

Together with the International Organization of Employers (IOE), the Turin Centre and the International Labour Standards Department at the ILO have set up two workshops for employers’ organizations on the ILO supervisory machinery. Read More

Participants' voices: focus on International Labour Standards

Interview with Mr Ramon Fernando Carranza Discua, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry or Labour and Social Security, Honduras, who participated in the “International Labour Standards” training activity from 19 to 27 May Read More

International labour standards training

International labour standards have developed into a comprehensive system of instruments on the world of work agreed upon by governments, employers and workers, backed by a supervisory system designed to address all kind of problems in their application at national level. Read More


International Labour Standards, Rights at Work and Gender Equality

Our mission is to support the development of knowledge and skills to promote international labour standards (ILS) and rights at work, to strengthen their application and to advance the achievement of equality and decent work for all women and men.

Social Protection

The Social Protection Programme covers the same subjects as the Social Protection Sector of the ILO: social security, occupational safety and health and working conditions, international labour migration and HIV-AIDS in the workplace. Over the years, it has constantly adapted to the changing times.