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Gilbert Houngbo elected new director-general of ILO

Gilbert Houngbo, a Togolese is the first African to be elected director-general of International Labour Organization (ILO)

Gilbert F. Houngbo, has been elected the next director-general of the the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Houngbo, a Togolese 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 on Friday (25 March).

He will be the 11th director-general of the ILO, and the first African to hold the post.

The new director-general’s five-year term will begin on 1 October 2022. The current director-general, Guy Ryder, from the United Kingdom, has held the office since 2012.

The ILO’s governing body is composed of 56 titular members (28 Governments, 14 Employers and 14 Workers) and 66 deputy members (28 Governments, 19 Employers and 19 Workers). The Employer and Worker members are elected in their individual capacity.

The ILO is the oldest specialized agency of the United Nations.

It was founded in 1919 and has a mandate to promote decent work for all.

The International Labour Organization has 187 Member States.

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