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India assumes Chairmanship of ILO Governing Body

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  • October 28, 2020
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India assumes Chairmanship of ILO Governing Body

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – Important Organisations

In news

  • 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.

Key takeaways 

  • 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. 

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