The International Labour Organization (ILO), established since 1919, is headquartered in Geneva. It is the only tripartite UN specialized agency that brings together governments, employees and employers to set labour standards, develop policies and programmes for promotion of decent work for everyone, everywhere.
Pakistan joined the ILO in 1947. As a large developing country with a population of over 207 million, Pakistan has an estimated labour force of 65.50 million.
Pakistan has ratified 36 ILO Conventions, related to labour rights including 8 fundamental rights Conventions.
Pakistan values the ILO’s role and contribution in advancing and safeguarding labour rights and to advance decent work for all. Adherence to and effective implementation of ILO Conventions to which Pakistan is a party remains a priority for Pakistan.
Domestically, the Government of Pakistan is focused on promoting tripartite dialogue and cooperation in keeping with the principle of social justice. Domestic protection and safe working conditions are also high areas of priority. An efficient and effective labour inspection system is in place to ensure safety of workers and implementation of standardized practices.
Pakistan is part of the Asia-Pacific Government Group of ILO members. Pakistan has been an active member of ILO’s Governing Body as Regular or Deputy Member.
The ILO is undergoing significant reform to improve its relevance, efficiency and capacity in order to respond to and adapt to political, social and economic changes around the world.
The Mission participates in and promotes Pakistan’s perspective and interests in the ILO and supports its mandate to set global standards relating to the world of work.
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