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The International Labour Organization

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is the United Nations agency for the world of work. It sets international labour standards, promotes rights at work, and encourages decent employment opportunities, the enhancement of social protection and the strengthening of dialogue on work-related issues. The ILO has a unique structure, bringing together governments, employers’ and workers’ representatives.
The ILO has 185 member States and is the oldest UN agency. The ILO’s Secretariat has its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and a global network of technical experts and f ield offices in more than 40 countries. The International Labour Conference (ILC) meets once a year to adopt new international labour standards and approve the ILO’s work plan and budget. The Governing Body is the executive council of the ILO and meets three times a year in Geneva.
Promoting Decent Work for All
  • Creating jobs – promoting economies that generate opportunities for investment, entrepreneurship, skills development, job creation and sustainable livelihoods.
  • Guaranteeing rights at work – obtaining recognition and respect for the rights of workers. All workers, and in particular disadvantaged or poor workers, need representation, participation and laws that protect their rights.
  • Extending social protection – ensuring that women and men enjoy working conditions that are safe, allow adequate free time and rest, take into account family and social values, provide for adequate compensation in case of lost or reduced income and permit access to adequate healthcare.
  • Promoting social dialogue – strong and independent workers’ and employers’ organizations are central to increasing productivity, avoiding disputes
The ILO launched a pilot project in Montenegro on the 1st of October 2014 in order to develop the first Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) of the country. The DWCP represents a strategic policy framework document that fosters cooperation among the ILO and its member states defining theircommon priorities and activities through social dialogue.
The first cooperation programmebetween the ILO and Montenegrowas signed on 8 April 2015 with the objective to promote social dialogue, create more and better jobs, and formalize the informal economy.The programme was developed through a participatory process involving the Government of Montenegro and nationally representative workers’ and employers’ organizations.