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Office of International Relations (OIR)


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The Office of International Relations represents or facilitates representation of the U.S. Government in the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the labor components of international organizations; provides expertise, research and advice on labor and employment trends and issues in foreign countries; and helps facilitate the sharing of information between specialized DOL agencies and other countries. The ILO is the primary labor standard setting and monitoring organization in the world.

International Organizations

OIR has the lead role within the U.S. Government on policy and program issues related to the ILO. OIR also carries out responsibilities on behalf of the U.S. Government at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's (OECD) Employment, Labor and Social Affairs Committee (ELSA), the United Nations (UN), the Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor (IACML) of the Organization of American States (OAS), Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the G20 labor ministers process, and the United States-European Union (US-EU) Working Group on Employment and Labor-Related Issues under the New Transatlantic Agenda. All of these organizations conduct significant research and policy discussions on the important labor issues of the day.

Policies on Labor-Related Matters

OIR conducts research on international labor issues and advises senior administration and officials on these and related policy matters in foreign countries. The office provides expertise and conducts research and analyses on labor issues in the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East in support of the Administration's foreign policy priorities and also reports on foreign labor developments and global labor issues. It also manages the Department's International Visitors Program and assists in the training and support of State Department Foreign Service Officers.