On April 11, 1919, the International Labour Organization (ILO) was founded under the Treaty of Versailles as an affiliate of the League of Nations. The organization was founded in response to the industrialization of Europe in the nineteenth century and under the post-war understanding that there was an economic, security and political need to universalize some labor standards. In 1946, the ILO became the first specialized agency to be affiliated with the United Nations (UN). In 1969, the ILO was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its work in advocating for the various classes and labor rights around the world.
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