Relations with local and regional governments

The International Labour Organization (ILO) works towards promoting social justice and decent work with the help of its key constituents, namely national governments, employers’ and workers' organizations. Local and regional governments partner with the ILO to leverage their first-hand knowledge of the needs on the ground to respond to local challenges. Working in close collaboration, these partners develop effective solutions for job creation, safeguarding basic principles and workers' rights, including the elimination of forced labour and worst forms of child labour, migration and social security, among others.

City-to-city cooperation plays a crucial role in promoting the participation of local actors and facilitating the sharing of effective and cost-efficient practices within the framework of South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC).  In 2012, the ILO signed a Memorandum of Understanding with United Cities and Local Governments, specifically focusing on local economic and social development. This partnership allows both parties to work towards their shared goals and initiatives related to local economic and social development.

The ILO also supports the World Forum on Local Economic Development, which tackles some of the most pressing challenges facing Local Economic Development (LED) and its role in promoting a sustainable future. Working in collaboration with local and regional governments, the ILO implements development cooperation projects to address local needs and enhance local communities' capacities in the following areas:
  • Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work
  • Social Dialogue
  • LED
  • Youth Employment
  • Skills and Lifelong Learning
  • Social Protection
  • Transition from the Informal to the Formal Economy and Care
  • Just Transition Climate Action for Jobs
  • Labour Migration