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At ILO conference, labor leaders emphasize role in peace and justice

The International Labor Organization's one-day summit drew more than 5,000 people including leaders who drew links between the stabilizing forces of work, peace and resilience.

GENEVA (AN) — Reflecting a world of instability and conflict, International Labor Organization Director-General Guy Ryder set a distinctly somber tone as he opened a one-day summit meant to explore the importance of decent jobs in building world peace, social justice and resilience.

The one-day summit was a highlight of ILO's annual high-level International Labor Conference, which drew more than 5,000 people including world leaders and foreign ministers. ILO's history is in many ways bound up with the quest to end world wars. Created in 1919 as part of the Treaty of Versailles, which ended World War I, ILO was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on its 50th anniversary in 1969.

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