India assumes Chairmanship of ILO Governing Body
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – Important Organisations
- After 35 years, India has assumed the Chairmanship of the Governing Body of International Labour Organization (ILO).
- Labour & Employment Secretary Apurva Chandra has been elected as the Chairperson for the period October 2020-June 2021.
- The Governing Body (GB) is the apex executive body of the ILO.
- It meets thrice a year.
- Functions: (1) It takes decisions on ILO policy; (2) It decides the agenda of the International Labour Conference (ILC); (3) It adopts the draft programme and budget; (4) It elects the Director-General.
Important value additions
International Labour Organization (ILO)
- It is an agency of United Nations (UN) since 1919.
- Functions: (1) Sets labour standards; (2) Develops policies; (3) Devises programmes promoting decent work for all women and men.
- It became the first specialized agency of the UN in 1946.
- ILO’s recommendations are non-binding.
- It has also received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1969.
- It releases the annual World Employment and Social Outlook (WESO) Trends report.
- India is a Founding Member of the ILO.
- It has been a permanent member of the ILO Governing Body since 1922.