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The Centenary Session of the International Labour Conference begins in Geneva

Ministry of Economic Affairs and EmploymentMinistry of Social Affairs and Health
Publication date 10.6.2019 14.32 | Published in English on 11.6.2019 at 13.56
Press release

The themes of the conference include the future of work and the role of ILO in managing the changes in the labour market. In addition, the conference is to adopt an agreement and a recommendation for the prevention of violence and harassment in workplaces.

The agenda of the 108th International Labour Conference to be held in Geneva on 10–21 June includes measures against violence and harassment, the future of work, preparation of the ILO Centenary Declaration, and thematic discussions. Other items on the agenda include a programme and budget proposal for 2020–2021, and information and reports on the application of conventions and recommendations.

“Finland supports the adoption of the standards being prepared on violence and harassment in the world of work and hopes for a successful resolution of any unaddressed issues,” comments Liisa Heinonen, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.

The International Labour Conference is the main event of the United Nations International Labour Organisation’s centenary. In addition to labour ministers, several heads of state or government will be speaking at the conference.

Minister of Employment Timo Harakka to speak at the plenary sitting on Friday 14 June

Minister of Employment Timo Harakka will visit Geneva on Friday 14 June and speak at the ILC plenary sitting about the role of the ILO and future challenges. The Minister’s programme during his visit to Geneva also includes bilateral discussions with Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, and other ministers.

Finland will be represented at the conference by a delegation appointed by the government. 

The International Labour Conference is the highest decision-making body of the ILO. It convenes once a year. The tripartite structure ILO means that workers, employers and governments all participate equally in the organisation’s work. The main aims of the ILO include the promotion of social justice with means such as international treaties.

This year marks the 100th anniversary ILO. Finland joined the ILO in 1920 when it became a member of the League of Nations.


Liisa Heinonen, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Employment and the Economy, tel. +358 295 064 131
Hanna-Mari Pekuri, Senior Counsellor, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, tel. +358 295 163 459

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