In a new approach to its social policy, the International Labour Organization (ILO) is doing everything possible to alleviate social deprivation, not only by creating safety nets but also by taking preventive action in the form of establishing a more intensive dialogue with a view to influencing the Bretton Woods institutions. On 21 June 1993, the [International Labour Conference] reaffirmed this approach by adopting the resolution entitled "Resolution concerning social protection and the alleviation of unemployment and poverty, and the social dimension of structural adjustment and transition to a market economy". The ILO spirit thus differs completely from the attitude of the Bretton Woods institutions as if they did not belong to the same United Nations system. This lack of harmony demonstrates, if need there still be, the deviation of the financial institutions from their primary mission.
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