15 Mar 2022

The International Labour Organization (ILO) held its 344th Governing Body session which started on the 14th of March 2022, in Geneva. Ms. Jacqueline Mugo, the Executive Director and CEO, who is a titular member of the ILO Governing Body was in attendance.

On the agenda were discussions on key issues affecting the workplace including;

1. Inclusion of safe and healthy working conditions in the ILO’s framework of fundamental rights,

2. Follow up action to the 2021 Conference resolution on inequality in the world of work

3. Strengthening of multilateral cooperation stemming from the high-level Global Forum for a human-centred recovery in February 2022.

4. Developments in Myanmar, Bangladesh and Venezuela as part of its supervisory functions.

5.  Russian Federation to ‘immediately and unconditionally cease its aggression against Ukraine’, and expressing grave concern at reports of civilian casualties and the situation of refugees.

The Governing Body also conducted an in-person hearing for the candidates aspiring for the Director General position. The 5 candidates were, Greg Vines from Australia, Gilbert F. Houngbo from Togo, Mthunzi Mdwaba from South Africa, Muriel Pénicaud from France and Kang Kyung Wha from South Korea. 

Arising from this Gilbert F. Houngbo emerged the winner. Houngbo is currently President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). He was elected by the ILO’s Governing Body, comprising representatives of governments, workers and employers, during their meeting in Geneva. He will be the 11th Director-General of the ILO, and the first African to hold the post. We wish him all the best as he takes over the office.

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