Map of the Month

Composition of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization (ILO) from 2021-2024

by Dr. Olaf Wientzek, Rosa Ann Seidler

Map of the Month 03/2022

On 25 March 2022, the Governing Body, the executive organ of the ILO, will elect the new ILO Director-General. The Governing Body is composed of 56 regular members (28 Governments, 14 Employers members, and 14 Workers members). Ten of the regular government seats are permanently held by countries of major industrial importance, including Germany, China, the USA, and Russia. The other Government members are elected by the Conference every three years (the last elections were held in June 2014). The Employer and Worker members are elected in their individual capacity. There are also 66 deputy members (28 governments, 19 employers, and 19 workers), which are not shown on this map. This map depicts the regular members and their respective functions.

Did you know that the ILO is the only tripartite organisation in the UN? It brings together not only governments but also workers and employers from each of its 187 member states, so the ILO head has a much broader political constituency compared to the heads of the other 14 UN agencies.





Dr. Olaf Wientzek

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Director of the Multilateral Dialogue Geneva +41 22 748 70 70

Rosa Ann Seidler