How did the ILO perform during the COVID-19 pandemic?
03 November 2022
This comprehensive evaluation of the ILO’s response in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic does not only show how the organization performed during the crisis but also provides the only full and objective account of this chapter in ILO’s history. The independent, high-level, evaluation documents what worked well and where challenges were faced both at the institutional and substantive response level. As such it provides analysis that will be critical to ensuring that the ILO is well positioned to meet challenges posed by future crises.
"The Global Coalition for Social Justice is a very important initiative"
13 October 2022
The Chairperson of the 346th session of the ILO Governing Body and Permanent Representative of Chile to the United Nations, Claudia Fuentes Julio, talks about her work as Chairperson and the issues to be discussed at the fall session of the Governing Body, in an interview with the head of the ILO's Department of Communication and Public Information, Martin Murphy.
Decent work, the foundation of social justice
07 October 2022
Decent work is productive work that delivers a fair income, rights, social protection and supports sustainable economic growth. It is a source of dignity and the foundation of peace, social justice, greater equality and is at the heart of the UN’s 2030 Agenda. Find out more about how ILO promotes decent work.
ILO standards improve maritime workers' protection
25 September 2022
Millions of people depend directly on the sea for their livelihoods and hundreds of millions more rely on them for food. Safeguarding the rights and conditions of seafarers has been part of the ILO’s work for more than 100 years. In June 2022, Member States adopted important amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 - which is widely known as the “seafarers’ bill of rights”.
US Pro Golfer Lizette Salas calls for gender pay equality
16 September 2022
Globally, women continue to be underpaid compared to men. On International Equal Pay Day, US LPGA Star Lizette Salas joins the ILO to amplify the call for equal gender pay in sports and in society.
One in every 150 people are trapped in modern slavery
12 September 2022
Almost 50 million people were living in modern slavery in 2021, either forced to work against their will or in a marriage that they were forced into, according to Global Estimates of Modern Slavery, a new report from the International Labour Organization (ILO), Walk Free and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
ILO in action: People helping people
19 August 2022
World Humanitarian Day was created to shine a light on those who work in all parts of the world – including remote and dangerous areas – to deliver help and improve the lives and prospects of local populations. Their dedication plays an essential role in reducing poverty and inequality and building better futures for communities worldwide. Among these humanitarian workers are hundreds of ILO experts, committed to improving working conditions and establishing the decent work needed to underpin a more sustainable future for us all.
Youth highlight importance of skills development for a better future
12 August 2022
On the occasion of International Youth Day, young women and men from Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon and refugees living in these countries, share their experiences and hopes for the future. ILO PROSPECTS is supporting them to build new skills for successful careers in their communities.
Two years on from the Beirut blast, how ILO helped create jobs and a safer city
04 August 2022
After the explosion that devastated parts of the Lebanese capital Beirut on August 4th 2020, the International Labour Organization mobilized its Employment Intensive Infrastructure Programme to clear the rubble, and in the process created decent jobs and hope for Lebanese nationals and Syrian refugees. The Organization continues to work with the authorities to restore livelihoods and create a safer city. Find out more: www.ilo.org/lebanon
NERVO call for a world free from child labour and trafficking
29 July 2022
To coincide with World Day Against Trafficking in Persons and their last performance at Tomorrowland festival for 2022, superstar DJ duo NERVO raise their voices for action on child vulnerability, labour and trafficking.
Improving working conditions of women rural workers
01 July 2022
This ILO animated video aims to raise visibility and awareness on some of the labour issues being faced by women rural workers and promote improved labour laws compliance, OSH and gender equality through workers’ participation to improve their lives and working conditions.
ILO Director-General statement: Cooperatives help build a better world
01 July 2022
On International Day of Cooperatives Guy Ryder highlights how cooperatives prioritise people and decent work and contribute to a more sustainable and inclusive future.
Job Creation in Small and Medium Enterprises: An Updated Guide to Recommendation No. 189
27 June 2022
The ILO Recommendation No. 189 is the only International Labour Standard providing guidelines on general conditions to increase job creation in small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The ILO published a new Guide to support employment policies compliant with the Recommendation No.189. This Guide outlines strategies, tools and good practices from different regions of the world to help member states to coordinate actions and effectively generate productive and decent jobs in SMEs.
Small Matters: ILO Director-General Guy Ryder’s message on SMEs
27 June 2022
In his message for the 5th Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day (MSME), ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, emphasizes the importance of MSMEs, and calls attention to the need to collectively support them to drive inclusive economic recovery, environmental sustainability and decent job creation.
Iraqi entrepreneurs access loans to support growing businesses
19 June 2022
When Sandra was forcibly displaced, she set up a small business selling party decorations to support her young family. Now, with the support of the ILO, under an initiative with the Central Bank of Iraq and partner banks, Sandra and many others like her, have been provided with bank loans to start or expand their businesses, helping them realise their aspirations of becoming successful entrepreneurs.
South Africa develops its social and solidarity economy
17 June 2022
The South African government has embarked on an ambitious programme to develop the social and solidarity economy in the country, with technical support from the International Labour Organization. The social and solidarity economy comprises of entities that pursue social, economic, and environmental objectives in the collective interest of their members and users. Chief Technical Adviser, Kerryn Krige explains.
Fight against child labour is at a crossroads
10 June 2022
In his statement for World Day Against Child Labour 2022, International Labour Organization Director-General, Guy Ryder, warns the choices made by governments now will make or break the lives of millions of children. He says social protection is one of the most powerful measures to prevent child labour, providing families with income security in difficult times.
Coffee production that is free of child labour in Honduras
09 June 2022
In Honduras the ILO is working in the coffee supply chain to eliminate child labour and forced labour. The project is funded by the United States Department of Labor. National project officer, Alejandra Escobar explains.
The key points for discussion on decent work and the social and solidarity economy at the International Labour Conference
30 May 2022
A general discussion will take place on decent work and the social and solidarity economy during the 110th International Labour Conference. Discover the key points for discussion in this video.
Why apprenticeships are in the spotlight at the International Labour Conference?
30 May 2022
The 2022 International Labour Conference will consider the development of a possible new International Labour Standard on apprenticeships. Find out more about the background process and get an overview over what the committee will be discussing.