The International Labor Organization is a specialized instrument of the United Nations and as with other specialized UN bodies; it is a member of the United Nations Development group.

The ILO was founded in 1919, in the wake of a destructive war, to pursue a vision based on the premise that universal, lasting peace can be established only if it is based on social justice. The ILO became the first specialized agency of the UN in 1946. The only tripartite U.N. agency, since 1919 the ILO brings together governments, employers, and workers of 187 member States, to set labor standards, develop policies and devise programs promoting decent work for all women and men. The main aims of the ILO are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues.


Agenda Item:   “Achieving Global Economic Convergence Through an Economic and Social Recovery Plan”


Summary Of the Item

Global economic convergence refers to when nations with lower GDP per capita reached the GDP per capita of more developed nations. The COVID-19 pandemic has produced disastrous consequences on the labor realm through unemployment and disrupted supply chains among other issues. As a result of the uneven recovery between nations, hard-won achievements in reducing poverty have been reversed, thereby further widening the gap between developed and developing nations. Delegates will have to come up with effective economic and social recovery plans to combat this reversal of the global economic convergence trend.