A photography project to document the ‘humanity, and quiet dignity’ of workers in the United States has been launched by the UN’s specialized agency, the International Labour Organization (

people sharing restaurant meal

“Passion and story-telling” are two of the key ingredients to become a wine expert according to Michelle Gueydan, a certified sommelier based in New Orleans in the United States.

Over one million beads were used in Demond Melancon's Mardi Gras Indian chief suit.

‘Big Chief’ and the Million Beads

Members of a women’s cooperative, Tanzania

The world of work is undergoing a profound transformation. Globalization and technological change are creating new paths to prosperity but are also disrupting existing work arrangements. Digital and technological advances – including information and communication technologies – create new opportunities for workers and enterprises. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The ILO has identified some key sectors that are likely to generate the jobs of the future. The evolution of the world of work will require new skill sets and an emphasis on lifelong learning. 

100 years ago, the ILO adopted the first-ever international standard on maternity protection.

illustration of different types of workers

Micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (commonly abbreviated to SMEs) are responsible for more than two thirds of all jobs worldwide. They also account for the majority of new job creation. But despite providing a huge share of global employment, SMEs still face major challenges when it comes to working conditions, productivity and informality. Explore this InfoStory to find out how the ILO is supporting SMEs to reach their full potential and securing a better future of work for everyone.