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Since 1946 the ILO has been a specialised agency of the United Nations (UN).

The ILO works to promote international labour standards throughout the world.

The ILO adopts conventions and recommendations on various labour issues such as working hours, occupational safety and health, freedom of organisation, the right to collective bargaining, child labour and social security.

Denmark has ratified 69 of ILO's 185 conventions, including the fundamental conventions on the freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining, the elimination of compulsory and forced labour, the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation, and the abolition of child labour.

The member states regularly report to the ILO on the implementation of the conventions they have ratified.

The ILO's annual International Labour Conference takes place in June. The national delegations at the conference are tripartite consisting of representatives from governments, workers' organisations and employers' organisations.

Every year, the Ministry of Employment reports (in Danish) to the Folketing (Danish Parliament) about the events of the International Labour Conference.