News and articles


  1. Press release

    ILO report sees “volatile and uneven recovery” across economic sectors in 2010

    10 November 2010, BANGKOK

    GENEVA (ILO News)– The ILO’s Sectoral Activities Department has released new data showing that employment is recovering unevenly across sectors in the first half of 2010 and will continue to do so over the remainder of the year.

  2. G20 Summit in Seoul (11-12 November 2010)

    Amid mixed employment data for 2010, ILO urges G20 to intensify focus on jobs

    08 November 2010,

    Amid a “fragile labour market” marked by persistent high unemployment, “slack” jobs growth and declining wages, the International Labour Office urged the Group of 20 to intensify its focus on “productive employment and job-intensive growth policies” at its upcoming summit in Seoul. ILO Director-General Juan Somavia is expected to attend the meeting.

  3. Press release

    ILO – West Java team up to promote entrepreneurship for transportation workers and their families

    01 November 2010,

    Country Director of the ILO in Indonesia, Mr Peter van Rooij, conducted an informal meeting with the Governor of West Java, Mr Ahmad Heryawan, on 28 October 2010 in the Pakuan State-owned Building, Bandung, West Java, Indonesia.The meeting discussed possible joint programmes and activities to promote entrepreneurship in West Java.

  4. Press release

    Pacific Island Countries explore ratification of the ILO Maritime Labour Convention

    27 October 2010,

    The ILO Workshop on Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, is held on 27-29 October 2010.

  5. Press release

    ILO supports the establishment of Indonesian Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB) Association (ISA)

    22 October 2010,

    Providing a quality entrepreneurship education and training is a challenge for most countries in the world. In Indonesia, the Government is emphasizing the importance of entrepreneurship education and training as stipulated in the Medium Term Development Planning. In order to support the development of entrepreneurship training in Indonesia, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has created and supported a network of entrepreneurship training through Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB) programme.

  6. Press release

    ILO launches new statistics database: Short term indicators of the labour market

    21 October 2010, BANGKOK

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) has launched a new statistics database containing timely information on the labour market and consumer prices aimed at providing vital information needed by policy makers faced with a global economic and social crisis.

  7. International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

    Bachelet says economic growth alone is not enough to eliminate poverty

    17 October 2010,

    Michelle Bachelet, the head of UN Women and the Social Protection Floor Advisory Group, told a United Nations “Global Poverty Reduction and Development Forum” held here to coincide with the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, that increased social inclusion can promote growth and poverty elimination.

  8. Social Protection

    Bachelet promotes social floor and gender equality in Viet Nam

    14 October 2010,

    The Executive Director of UN Women and Chair of the Social Protection Floor Advisory Group, former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, has called for a global social protection floor, as “the first line of defense” for families and economies against the impact of economic crises and an effective means of achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

  9. Press release

    Regional conference towards a domestic workers’ convention

    06 October 2010,

    Domestic workers’ organizations in conjunction with national trade union centres and trade unions from all over Asia will gather to discuss the issues relating to domestic workers’ labour rights and how best to fill the protection gaps inherent in many national laws during 7 – 9 October at Sari Pan Pacific Hotel, Jakarta.

  10. ILO Convention No. 144

    Singapore ratifies ILO Tripartite Consultation (International Labour Standards) Convention, 1976 (No. 144)

    04 October 2010,

    The ILO Director-General welcomed the ratification of "this important governance instrument by the Government of Singapore which underpins practices in the area of tripartism and social dialogue in respect of international labour standards and labour legislation."