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The ILO becomes an Honorary Citizen of the City of Turin

news - 31/10/2014

On 13 October 2014, the City Council voted unanimously to award Honorary Citizenship of the City of Turin to the International Labour Organization

This award, which marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Covenant between the City of Turin and the ILO recognises the role of the ILO and the Centre as instrumental in the promotion of Turin as an international city. Through its presence in Turin "every year thousands of people from all over the world get to know and appreciate Torino."

This is the highest honour that the City of Turin can bestow and the ILO now joins a list which includes such illustrious names as:

  • Andrei Sakharov
  • Lech Wałęsa
  • Albert Sabin
  • Nelson Mandela
  • Aung San Suu Kyi

 

The formal ceremony took place on 30 October in the Sala Rossa of the City Hall during a special sitting of the City Council. The Director-General of the ILO, Mr Guy Ryder accepted the award on behalf of the ILO.

Accepting the award, Mr Ryder said “This is a very moving occasion because after Geneva, where the ILO has had its headquarters for nearly 100 years, Torino is our second ‘home’. The decision of the ILO, the Italian Government and the City of Turin to create here, exactly 50 years ago, the International Training Centre of the ILO was in fact one of the most important decisions that the organization has taken in its long existence.”