Press releases


  1. Asia Pacific job recovery lagging economic growth

    25 January 2011

    ILO Global Employment Trends 2011 cites concerns including inflation, youth unemployment, working poverty.


  1. Youth unemployment at highest recorded level - ILO report; 36 million Asia Pacific young people unemployed – A possible “Lost generation”

    12 August 2010

    The global unemployment rate for young people has risen to its highest recorded level, and is expected to continue increasing until the end of 2010, a new report issued by the International Labour Organization (ILO) says.

  2. COVID-19 may push millions more children into child labour – ILO and UNICEF

    16 June 2010

    Millions more children risk being pushed into child labour as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, which could lead to the first rise in child labour after 20 years of progress, according to a new brief from the International Labour Organization (ILO) and UNICEF

  3. Joint Press Conference on the Occasion of the World Day Against Child Labour 2011

    11 June 2010

  4. Press Conference on the World Day Against Child Labour 2010

    11 June 2010

    A press conference was organised on 11 June at the National Press Club to brief the media on the WDACL 2010, child labour situation in the country, efforts made by the public and social and strategic partners to address child labour and way forward. A total of 36 Journalists from all major print and electronic media attended the press conference.

  5. Press Briefing

    11 June 2010

    On behalf of the Ministry of Labour and Employment (MOLE) of the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, I welcome you to this Press Conference being held on the eve of the World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL) 2010

  6. World Day against Child Labour - countries to "go for the goal" and tackle child labour

    10 June 2010

    As the football World Cup in South Africa kicked off, countries throughout Asia-Pacific marked World Day against Child Labour with an urgent appeal to "Go For the goal - end child labour".

  7. Economic Relations Division (ERD) and ILO signed the revised Project Document of Urban Informal Economy (UIE) Project

    29 April 2010

    A revised Project Document was signed on 29 April 2010 between the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and International Labour Organization (ILO) to implement the project titled “Urban Informal Economy (UIE) Programme of the project of Support to the Time Bound Programme towards the Elimination of Worst Forms of Child Labour in Bangladesh.

  8. TVET Reform & Skills Development- The Road to the Future

    23 April 2010

    A two-day National Conference on skill development was held on 20 - 21 April 2010. The Honorable Minister of Industries Mr. Dilip Barua was the Chief Guest on 21st of April and Mr. Md. Nurul Haque, Secretary in charge, Ministry of Labour and Employment was present as the Chief Guest on 20th of April.


  1. Signing ceremony of the Joint UN Programme on “Violence Against Women”

    10 December 2009

    Signing ceremony of the Joint UN Programme on “Violence Against Women” was held today, 10 December 2009 at Balcony Room, Hotel Sonargaon.

  2. Daylong Regional Consultation Programme on “ILO Conventions No.107 and 169 and Indigenous Peoples Issues in Bangladesh”

    08 November 2009

    Organized by the ILO-Dhaka Office in cooperation with the Kapaeeng Foundation on 7 November 2009 at Bandarban Hill District Council Auditorium, Bandarban, Chittagong Hill Tracts.

  3. Green jobs initiative: MOU signed between BMET and Grameen Shakti

    16 September 2009

    In support of the government’s current efforts for expansion of renewable and clean energy, the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) and Grameen Shakti signed a Memorandum of Understanding for training of solar technicians on 16 September 2009.

  4. Launch of the Alliance for Women Workers Rights (AWWR)

    06 September 2009

    The Alliance for Women Workers Rights (AWWR) was formally launched on 6 September 2009 at the VIP Lounge of the National Press Club, Dhaka. The Alliance will campaign for promoting women workers rights at the workplace. Some of the initial focus areas are: equal payment for work of equal value, minimum wage, maternity leave, and elimination of sexual harassment and discrimination at workplace.

  5. Launch of Smart Business Initiative Alliance

    21 May 2009

    The Alliance aims to create awareness raising and advocacy on child labour, capacity building of its partners for improved business, and to demonstrate sustainable replicable models for hazardous free working conditions for employers and workers.

  6. ILO to mark its 90th anniversary

    02 May 2009

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) is to mark its 90th anniversary with a series of events and activities held around the world by governments, workers’ and employers’ organizations representing its 182 member States. The overall theme for the national events organized under the 90th Anniversary will be “Social Dialogue on Decent Work for a Fair Globalization”.

  7. First ILO course in women’s entrepreneurship offered in Bangladesh

    12 April 2009

    The first course using an internationally-established entrepreneurship training programme for women has been carried out by experts from the ILO in Rangamati, Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).

  8. Stakeholders’ consultation on assessment of green jobs

    08 April 2009

    On 9 April, in Dhaka, a stakeholders’ consultation on green jobs assessment studies was organized jointly by the Ministry of Labour and Employment and the ILO.

  9. Fellowship programme for policy makers

    01 April 2009

    The first fellowship batch under the Technical and Vocational Education Training project comprising of senior government and employers'organization visited Malaysia and Australia. The objective was to provide them first hand knowledge on the configuration and operation of TVET policies and systems abroad and to benefit in terms of the national context.


  1. Partnership with Dhaka City Corporation

    04 December 2008

    On 4 December 2008, in Dhaka, the ILO-IPEC Urban Informal Economy project signed a three-year agreement with the Dhaka City Cooperation to develop partnership for the implementation of child labour programmes on non-formal education, skill development training, and social and economic empowerment of child labour families.


  1. Ground-breaking surveys expose plight of Bangladesh's working children

    07 June 2004

    The first nationwide look at the worst forms of child labour in Bangladesh finds that chldren are working long hours, suffer from bad health, receive minimal pay and overall have bleak futures.