News and press releases

This is a list of official ILO press releases issued by the ILO Country Office for South Pacific Island Countries. The most recent release is at the top.

December 2021

  1. Summary report published reviewing the Seasonal Worker Programme and Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme through the lens of international human rights and labour standards

    17 December 2021

November 2021

  1. ILO supports micro, small and medium enterprises leverage reopening of borders in Fiji

    29 November 2021

    With Fiji’s international borders opening up to tourists this week and hundreds of businesses around the country having safely resumed operations, there has been a high demand for Business Development Services by Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMSEs)

September 2021

  1. Solomon Islands committed to developing a gender-responsive National Employment Policy

    16 September 2021

    The ILO in partnership with the Government of Solomon Islands has completed a virtual seminar in Solomon Islands to support the design and formulation of the national employment policy (NEP) for inclusive structural transformation and environmental sustainability which took place from the 14 – 16 September 2021.

  2. Solomon Islands National Employment Policy Seminar 2021

    14 September 2021

    ILO in partnership with Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Labour and Immigration are running a three-day workshop in Solomon Islands to support the design and formulation of the national employment policy (NEP) for inclusive structural transformation and environmental sustainability.

  3. Working together to end Child Labour in Fiji

    12 September 2021

    To strengthen efforts to combat child labour in Fiji, ILO supported a series of training and awareness seminars online. The sessions where conducted in partnership with the Fijian Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations. The interactive sessions saw active participation and contributions from Government ministries, employer’s organizations, worker organizations, CSO’s and faith-based organizations.

August 2021

  1. 120 informal sector entrepreneurs in south Santo (Vanuatu) access business and technical training

    31 August 2021

    Since 2020, the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) economic empowerment work in Vanuatu has been amplified by the UN Informal Economies Recovery Project. With the support from the project, the Vanuatu team has been able to extend its reach and to fund seeds and agricultural tools distribution.

  2. United Nations supports public-private partnership to promote Covid-19 safe business operations

    13 August 2021

    In a bid to minimize financial stressors on Fijian micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), the United Nations [UN] is partnering with the Fijian Government, the Fiji Commerce & Employers Federation (FCEF), Fijian Competition & Consumer Commission (FCCC) and the Suva Retailers Association (SRA) to design, print and deliver tailored COVID-Safe signage packs to MSME’s, including those in the informal sector.

July 2021

  1. Tonga’s first ever tapa trade show to commence in August

    22 July 2021

    The newly-formed Tonga National Tapa-making Workers' Association [TNTWA] plans to inaugurate the association with the country’s first-ever Tapa Trade Show. Organized in partnership with the Tonga Public Service Association, TNTWA was formed through the support of the UN’s Informal Economies Recovery Project. The trade show is expected to be the first of an annual quarterly calendar, aimed at boosting members’ income flow.

  2. 19 local business trainers in Fiji introduced to ILO’s Community Based Enterprise Development (C-BED) tools

    22 July 2021

    In an effort to strengthen Business Development Services (BDS) in Fiji, the ILO organised and delivered a Training of Facilitators (ToF) on 1st June 2021.

  3. Informal sector workers in Vanuatu to have a voice

    22 July 2021

    An initiative led by the Vanuatu Association of Public Employees Trade Union (VAPSE) and the Vanuatu National Workers Union (VNWU), aims to formalise existing informal sector associations, particularly those in the creative and agriculture sectors, on Santo and the Northern Provinces of Vanuatu.

  4. One voice: supporting Fijian visual artists influence national covid-19 recovery

    20 July 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed and magnified the creative industries’ pre-existing volatility. Due to the complex nature of their work, artists and cultural professionals are particularly affected and lockdown measures around the world directly impact the entire creative value chain – creation, production, distribution and access.

  5. Leave no one behind! Making covid-safe business recovery protocol inclusive

    19 July 2021

    ILO and UNDP facilitated a consultation between government partners across the Fijian Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport [MCTTT] and the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation [FCEF], with Micro and Small Business Enterprises [MSME’s] representatives – to allow MSME’s to provide feedback on and influence COVID-safe business operation protocols before they were enacted into law.

  6. Targeted support to MSME’s during Fiji’s COVID emergency

    15 July 2021

    In response to the Fiji COVID emergency, the ILO is working with the Fiji Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport (MCTTT) and the Fiji Commerce & Employers Federation (FCEF) to support Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), including the informal sector.

  7. EU-STREIT PNG takes a step forward in empowering rural communities to secure farmers’ access to agricultural markets

    11 July 2021

    Led by ILO, the road and infrastructure component of the EU-STREIT PNG is focused on upgrading roads, bridges, jetties and airstrips. This effort aims to help create an enabling environment for farmers to increase their income and profit with opportunities to participate in value-added markets to become agripreneurs under the three value chains supported by the Programme

  8. Strengthening & Promoting Business Development Services (BDS) for COVID-19 Recovery in Tonga

    01 July 2021

    The Tongan Ministry of Trade and Economic Development (MTED) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), allowing for mutual participation in the planning and implementation of the activities that will enable micro and small enterprise, particularly the informal sector to access business training, advisory services and mentoring.

June 2021

  1. Supporting the development of the National Employment Policy in Tonga, aiming at inclusive structural transformation and environmental sustainability

    29 June 2021

    The purpose of the seminar was to help government and social partners to understand the requirements for the development and implementation of a high-quality gender-responsive policy based on relevant information and analysis for review and adoption by the respective key authorities.

  2. Act now: End child labour!

    12 June 2021

    The United Nations has declared 2021 as the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour. Matin Karimli, ILO's Director for the Pacific, and Sheldon Yett, UNICEF Representative for the Pacific, explain why the time for change is now.

  3. MPTF Informal Economies Recovery Project - Entrepreneurs Jouney

    06 June 2021

    Q&A with Irami Buli – An ‘Artrepreneur’ On a Mission

  4. MPTF Informal Economies Recovery Project - Partner Spotlight

    06 June 2021

    Q&A with Olympia E. Morei-Remengesau – Director/Curator of the Belau National Museum

April 2021

  1. Enough is enough: Eliminating Violence and Harassment in the World of Work

    23 April 2021

    An opinion piece by: Matin Karimli, Director of the ILO Office for Pacific Island Countries and Sandra Bernklau, Representative of UN Women, Pacific ahead of the 14th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women and the 7th Meeting of the Pacific Ministers for Women