Permanent Representation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Geneva, Switzerland

Start of International Labour Conference 2016

Today, the 105t International Labour Conference, the annual conference of the International Labour Organization (ILO), kicks off in Geneva. An estimated 5,000-6,000 delegates will gather for this event focused on discussing current challenges in the world of work.

The Conference will supervise how Member States implement internationally recognized labour standards and will engage in a discussion on the contribution of global supply chains to Decent Work. It will furthermore discuss the importance of employment in fostering transitions from war to peace, evaluate an important political declaration adopted by the Conference and discuss the contribution the ILO could make to attaining the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. 

Due to the unique character of the International Labour Organization - the only tripartite organization in the UN family – the 187 ILO Member States will not only be represented by governments, but also by representatives of trade unions and employers’ organizations. The delegation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands consists of a tripartite delegation from Curaçao and representatives from Dutch trade unions FNV and CNV, employers’ confederation VNO-NCW and representatives of the Ministries of Social Affairs and Employment and Foreign Affairs. Minister Larmonie-Cecilia of Curaçao and Minister Asscher of the Netherlands will visit the Conference in the first and second week respectively. 

With the Netherlands currently holding the EU Presidency, this year’s ILC will be more exciting than ever for the Dutch government delegates, who will be tasked with coordinating EU positions in three committees during the Conference, including the discussion on Decent Work in Global Supply Chains.