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The World Congress is co-organised by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Social Security Association (ISSA), and SafeWork NSW.

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International Labour Organization (ILO)

Founded in 1919, the ILO became the first United Nations specialised agency in 1946 with 187 Member States. The ILO commits to promoting human and labour rights, pursuant of its founding principle that social justice is essential to universal and lasting peace. The ILO objectives are prioritised in Goal 8 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development on Decent Work and Economic Growth. Objectives include: 

Objectives include:  

  • Setting international labour standards 
  • Promoting rights at work, including the right to a safe and healthy working environment 
  • Advocating for decent employment opportunities
  • Enhancing social protection and 
  • Strengthening social dialogue on work-related issues. 

With a unique governance structure, the ILO brings together governments and employers’ and workers’ representatives to jointly set international labour standards and to implement policies and programmes promoting decent work for all. Today, the ILO has over 600 development cooperation programmes in more than 100 countries. The ILO provides assistance to Member States and aims to improve people’s lives. The ILO’s Secretariat has its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and a global network of field offices in more than 40 countries.

The International Social Security Association

The International Social Security Association (ISSA), with headquarters at the ILO in Geneva, is the principal international institution bringing together agencies and prevention experts from over 320 social security institutions in more than 160 countries. The ISSA offers a global platform and a unique network for all those in social security concerned with the health of workers. The ISSA aims to promote dynamic social security as the social dimension in a globalising world by supporting excellence in social security administration.

SafeWork NSW

SafeWork NSW is the government regulator for work health and safety in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It works with the community to ensure that workplaces can conduct business safely and to protect workers from harm. As well as being a regulator, SafeWork NSW commits to reducing workplace hazards and risks and preventing workplace accidents. It supports businesses by:

  • Providing free advice on improving occupational safety and health
  • Providing licencing and registration for potentially dangerous work
  • Providing testing services
  • Investigating workplace incidents 
  • Ensuring compliance and enforcing the work health and safety laws in New South Wales

23rd World Congress | Sydney, Australia

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