Governance and Tripartism Department (GOVERNANCE)
Mission and vision
The Governance and Tripartism Department (GOVERNANCE) provides advice and assistance on a range of topics related to the governance of labour and employment relations. It provides technical inputs for labour law reforms based on ILO conventions and recommendations. It renders state-of-the-art technical support and capacity-building to labour inspectorates and labour administrations in general and assists in developing strategies to achieve compliance with labour laws and occupational safety and health standards. It advocates and helps constituents to build strong and functional institutions and processes for social dialogue. It carries out technical cooperation, research and advocacy functions to assist ILO member States to respect, promote and realize the fundamental principles and rights at work, which are: freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining; the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour; the effective abolition of child labour; and the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation. It also includes the Better Work Programme which is a joint ILO and IFC technical programme to improve the working conditions in ready-made garment and footwear industry in several countries through participatory and multi-stakeholder arrangements. Read more 
Safety and health at work 
Labour administration and labour inspection 
Forced labour, human trafficking and slavery 
Child labour 
Equality and discrimination 
Freedom of association 
Collective bargaining and labour relations 
Better work 
Tripartism and social dialogue 
Labour law and Reform 
International Labour Standards 
Landmark Forced Labour Protocol enters into force 
Conventions and Recommendations
List of instruments by subjects 
Child labour 
Forced labour and human trafficking 
Freedom of association 
Occupational safety and health 
Labour administration and labour inspection 
Social dialogue and tripartism 
Social Protection, Governance and Tripartism Programme 
International Labour Standards, Rights at Work and Gender Equality Programme 
Key resources and databases
Employment protection legislation database 
EPLex provides information on all the key topics that are regularly examined in national and comparative studies on employment termination legislation.
International Association of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions 
The database features an interactive map, contact information and lists that can be sorted by name, country and date of entry.
Global database on occupational safety and health legislation 
The database compiles the wealth of OSH legislation and serves as a snapshot of the current major national legislative requirements around the globe.
Focus on
International Labour and Employment Relations Association 
ILERA was established in 1966 and its general purpose is to promote the study of labour and employment relations throughout the world in the relevant academic disciplines. A World Congress is convened every three years, where professionals interested in all aspects of labour and employment relations meet to share ideas about new developments, ideas and practices in the field.

The next ILERA World Congress with the general theme of “Employment for a Sustainable Society: What is to Be Done?” will take place in Seoul, Korea from 23 to 27 July 2018. ILERA also organizes, through its national affiliates, regional congresses.
Occupational safety and health 
Fact sheets and videos depicting safe working practices related to specific hazards found on the farm, at motor vehicle repair shops and at the wood workshop
Technical cooperation
Global Flagship Programmes 
GOVERNANCE is host to three flagship programmes of the ILO, which are among the largest development assistance technical cooperation programmes of the Organization:
International Programme on the Elimination of Child and Forced Labour (IPEC+)
Occupational Safety and Health Global Action for Prevention (OSH-GAP)
Better Work
News and events
Research Brief
Peak-level social dialogue as a governance tool during the COVID-19 pandemic: Global and regional trends and policy issues
Policy Brief
Social dialogue on occupational safety and health in the Covid-19 context 
Against the background of the Covid-19 pandemic, most countries have re-opened their economy and workers have been requested to return to their workplace. The present Brief highlights the need for social dialogue in order to ensure a safe return to work.
The need for social dialogue in addressing the COVID-19 crisis 
Tripartite Knowledge-Sharing Conference on "Post-crisis Social Dialogue: Good Practices in the EU-28" 
Labour administration reforms and innovations 
Workshop | Prague
Opening Statement by Mr Moussa Oumarou, Director of GOVERNANCE 
Addis Ababa
13th African Regional Meeting 
Addis Ababa Declaration: Transforming Africa through Decent Work for Sustainable Development 
Labour administration
Global survey analyzes the use of information and communication technologies in labour administration 
Global Forum on Workplace Compliance
Economic and Social Councils adopt declaration to promote workplace compliance 
Press release
The Hague Declaration on the Promotion of Workplace Compliance by Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions 
Social dialogue
ILO Director-General welcomes Nobel Peace Prize for Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet 
Press release
Areas of Critical Importance (ACI)
Vision Statement
Strengthening Workplace Compliance through Labour Inspection 
Governing Body 325th Session
Area of critical importance: Strengthening workplace compliance through labour inspection 
This document presents the main elements of the strategy for the area of critical importance on “Strengthening workplace compliance through labour inspection” (ACI 7) and reports on the progress already made in its implementation.
Decision on the fourth item on the agenda 
Featured publications
Resolving individual labour disputes: A comparative overview 
Report on temporary employment agencies and temporary agency work (Jan. 2017) 
Report on collective dismissals: A comparative and contextual analysis of the law on collective redundancies 
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