On 23-25 May 2012, the ILO Geneva will host a Global Youth Employment Forum to address the challenges young people face in the labour market. The ILO Programme on HIV/AIDS and the world of work (ILO/AIDS) will organize two market place sessions in the Youth Employment Forum: 1) Youth employment strategies: Listen to 5 million young voices living with HIV, 24 May 2012, 11:35-11:55, circle 5, Espace Gobelins, R2 South, ILO. 2) HIV and AIDS: What do you need to know as a young person? 24 May 2012, 12.05-12.25, circle 5, Espace Gobelins, R2 South, ILO.
Message by Juan Somavia Director-General of the ILO on the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia
17 May 2012,
16 May 2012,
As the world marks International Day against Homophobia on 17 May, Chilean truckers carry a message of respect for colleagues, irrespective of sexual orientation.
26 April 2012,
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on a strategic vision to reach zero employment-related discrimination, zero new HIV infections and zero AIDS-related deaths. Under the new memorandum of understanding UNAIDS and the ITUC will work closely together to eliminate employment-related discrimination, address the socio-economic determinants of vulnerability to HIV infection related to the world of work and increase access to antiretroviral therapy and to social justice.
The meeting aims at generating ideas to strengthen teachers’ roles in contributing to HIV prevention efforts and ensuring that teachers living with HIV can be supported through effective policies and HIV prevention, treatment and care programmes, protecting them from HIV-related stigma and discrimination. The meeting will address specific challenges faced by teachers living with and affected by HIV and AIDS in West and Central Africa. The meeting will be organized jointly by ILO, UNESCO, the World Bank, UNAIDS, WHO, Ministries of Education, Education International (EI), and Partnership for Child Development (PCD).
22 March 2012,
On 20 March 2012, during the first panel session on HIV and Human Rights the Human Rights Council highlighted the need to protect human rights at work, citing the 2011 Political Declaration and Recommendation No. 200. ILO and other speakers urged the Council to keep this important issue on its agenda.
12 March 2012,
In collaboration with UNAIDS and ten other UN agencies, the ILO has signed onto a Joint Statement on compulsory detention centres. Recalling that Recommendation 200 calls for a rights-based response to HIV, the Joint Statement notes that detention centres raise a range of human rights issues, often involving forced labour and lack of access to HIV services.
On 18 March 2012, the ILO will participate and speak in a satellite meeting, a pre-conference event to the conference “HIV in Europe: Working Together for Optimal Testing and Earlier Care” in Copenhagen, Denmark. ILO/AIDS will speak on "How does Protection of rights at work help enhancing access to HIV services: The ILO Recommendation on HIV and AIDS (No. 200) and experiences in its implementation with a focus on Europe and the private sector” in the satellite meeting being organized on “The role of HIV workplace policies and programmes in addressing 'barriers' to early HIV counselling, testing, treatment and care”, and address participants in the session.
A two-day conference for Employers’ organizations is being organized by the International Organization of Employers on 24-25 February 2012, at Kibo Palace Hotel in Arusha, Tanzania, in collaboration with the Association of Tanzania Employers (ATE), Business Africa and the ILO.
On 31 January 2012, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria celebrates its 10th anniversary in Paris. Mr. J-F Trogrlic, Director, ILO Office for France, is attending the event. Participants include European policy makers, representatives of international organizations, as well as participants from public and private sectors, the research community and non-governmental organizations.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) is organizing and participating in a series of events to highlight the importance of reducing stigma and discrimination in the workplace at ICASA, which opens on Sunday 4 December, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, under the theme “Own, Scale-up and Sustain”.
01 December 2011,
ILO officials and representatives of organizations involved in the AIDS response commemorated World AIDS Day and celebrated the 10th anniversary of the ILO Programme on HIV/AIDS and the World of Work (ILO/AIDS) at the ILO in Geneva.
ILO/AIDS has organized an exhibition of Shona Art which is taking place from 1 until 16 December on ILO premises in Geneva.
The theme of World AIDS Day this year is "Getting to Zero" referring to the “Zero New HIV Infections. Zero Discrimination. Zero AIDS Related Deaths” objectives of the UNAIDS strategy for 2011-2015. The ILO has developed six posters to highlight the contribution of the workplace to "Getting to Zero".
From Architect to Street Vendor: Discrimination at work against Persons Living with HIV in the Arab States
30 November 2011,
Most Arab States do not have coherent national policies and laws designed to deal with HIV and AIDS in the workplace. They thus lack the means to prevent discrimination at work against nearly half a million of people living with HIV in the region. ILO Online reports from the capital of Jordan, Amman.
29 November 2011,
How companies can make the difference in prevention and treatment of HIV and AIDS.
Citing ILO Convention No. 111 and Recommendation No. 200, Brazilian Federal Superior Labour Tribunal (TST) affirms the rights of HIV-positive workers in two cases of unfair dismissal
23 September 2011,
In two recent cases, the Brazilian Federal Superiour Labour Tribunal has found in favour of an HIV-positive worker, ruling that the workers had been unfairly dismissed and ordering that they be reinstated and compensated for lost wages and benefits.
10th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP): "Diverse Voices, United Actions"
The International Labour Organization (ILO) co-organized a series of events as part of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) at the 10th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP) under the theme “Diverse Voices, United Action”.
ILO Director-General invites staff to join the campaign "Stigma Fuels HIV" to defeat stigma and discrimination in UN workplaces
08 June 2011,
Mr Juan Somavia, Director-General of the ILO, addresses ILO staff on the occasion of the launch of the UN system-wide campaign "Stigma Fuels HIV". The ILO takes a strong stand against HIV-related stigma and discrimination through its Personnel Policy on HIV/AIDS and Recommendation No. 200, its comprehensive labour standard on HIV and AIDS and the world of work. Tackling stigma in the workplace begins with each staff member. Engage in this wide dialogue among UN staff at: www.bestigmafree.org
From 8-10 June 2011 Member States will gather in New York, USA, for the UN General assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS. The UNAIDS / IOM / UNHCR / ILO Side Event on Migration and HIV will be held on Friday, 10 June 2011, 1:15 - 2:30 pm, NLB Conference Room 1.