Training is an essential step towards development and the International Labour Organization (ILO), ever since its birth in 1919, has been further developing this dimension
In the fifties and sixties, with decolonization, the newly independent nations needed to consolidate their independence with the acquisition of new technical knowledge and skills.
This growing demand was channelled through the Governing Body of the ILO to seek a permanent facility for developing training and technical assistance. This project was approved by the ILO’s Governing Body on 7 March 1963 with the creation of the Centre for Advanced Technical and Vocational Training.
In 1961 Italy celebrated its centenary of unity in its first capital, Turin. For the celebration a new urban area was developed, called “Italia 61”,
This new area was composed of several buildings, the main one celebrating the unity of the country and the achievements that were obtained through Labour. This building was the Palazzo del Lavoro and in 1961 hosted a world exhibition.
In July 1964 an agreement was signed between the City of Turin and the representative of the Director General of the ILO for putting at the disposal of the Centre the premises of the Palazzo del Lavoro as well as the pavilions of the campus.
In 1964 (October 24th, the United Nations Day), the ILO’s Director General David Morse signed a convention with the Italian Government marking the institutional creation of the Centre called the “Rome Agreement”.
On 1 October 1965 it was converted into a unique training facility for the ILO: the International Centre for Advanced Technical and Vocational Training, where technical and vocational training programmes were held.
Close to the Palazzo del Lavoro, across Corso Unità d’Italia, the 19 pavilions representing the regions of Italy were converted into a campus for lodging the participants. It is where the ITCILO has been located since 1983.
This project aims at creating a historical archive for the ITCILO that will gather all the significant work that has been carried out since 1964. The development of this archive will be done in close collaboration with ITCILO and with the other UN agencies that operate on the Campus.
Highlights are presented for each decade, adding to the narrative regarding the history of the ITCILO and of the UN Campus.
The main features of the archive will be:
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