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Our History

Brief story

Member states of the International Labour Organization (ILO) gathered at a working conference in the city of Santiago de Chile and signed a resolution to establish the fundamental principles of social insurance in the Americas, considering that “compulsory social insurance is the most rational and effective means to provide workers with the social security to which they are entitled.”

The principles signed in 1936 were ratified and expanded during a second conference held in Havana, Cuba.

In the context of the opening ceremony of the Hospital Obrero in Lima, Peru, an Inter-American Committee for Social Security Initiatives was established to provide governments and institutions in the Americas with an agency for discussion, collaboration, information an theoretical action.

In the context of the opening ceremony of the Hospital Obrero in Lima, Peru, an Inter-American Committee for Social Security Initiatives was established to provide governments and institutions in the Americas with an agency for discussion, collaboration, information an theoretical action.

During World War II, the CISS moved to Canada, but when the conflict ended, the headquarters were moved back to Geneva, Switzerland.

During the Fifth Inter-American Conference on Social Security, Dr. Luis Alvarado, Assistant Director-General of the ILO, recommended to locate the headquarters of the CISS in an American country, namely
México.

Opening ceremony of the facilities assigned to the Inter-American Standing Committee on Social Security and the Inter-American Center for Social Security, which were designed by architects Alejandro Prieto Posadas and José María Gutiérrez Trujillo with the collaboration of other architects, engineers and
sculptors.

Signing of the first Headquarters Agreement between the Inter-American Conference on Social Security and the United States of Mexico.

With the reform of the statutes, The Inter-American Conference on Social Security changed its legal status to that of a permanent international agency based in Mexico City.

Approval of the new Statute and Regulation of the Conference, which were ratified and subsequently entered into force in 2004.

Signing of the updated Headquarters Agreement of the Inter-American Conference on Social Security (CISS).