A new century presents new challenges for the ILO

Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Robert A. Destro delivered a keynote speech at an event marking the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) 100th anniversary. Destro praised ILO’s accomplishments in setting labor standards and extending workers’ rights but noted that the next century poses a true test of the willingness of ILO to take a moral stand against forced labor and authoritarian governments that violate workers’ rights. Destro also joined ILO Secretary General Guy Ryder, Deputy U.S. Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella, and other participants during the ILO November 2019 centennial event in recreating a photograph of delegates taken during the first International Labor Conference, held in Washington, D.C., October–November 1919. 

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