The International Labour Organization (ILO) received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1969 for its work in promoting fair international labor standards. The ILO is an international organization responsible for drawing up and overseeing international labor standards. It is the only “tripartite” United Nations agency that brings together representatives of governments, employers and workers to jointly shape policies and programs promoting “decent work for all.” This unique arrangement gives the ILO an edge in incorporating “real world” knowledge about employment and work.
Representing the ILO at the 15th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates is Ms Christiane Kuptsch. Ms Christiane Kuptsch has been with the Labour Migration Branch since June 2008, as Senior Specialist in Migration Policy. Before, she held the position of Senior Research Officer at the ILO’s International Institute for Labour Studies where she headed the work on labour migration since 2003 and also acted as Coordinator of Special Events since 2006. She joined the ILO in 1992, in the then Migration and Population Branch; worked on social protection issues – with the ILO-linked International Social Security Association – from 1995 to 2001; and was in charge of educational activities at the International Institute for Labour Studies for two years before going back to migration-related work. Ms Kuptsch is a political scientist (University of Geneva and Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland), with a background in law (University of Hamburg, Germany). Her publications include works on social protection and a-typical forms of work; disability policies; social security privatization; the protection of migrant workers in irregular situations; the migration of students and trainees; and temporary foreign workers programmes.