News

June 2011

  1. Palestinian Fund for Employment and Social Protection revived by ILO-Palestinian Authority Agreement

    10 June 2011

    Palestinian Labour Minister Ahmed Majdalani and ILO Regional Director for the Arab States Nada al-Nashif signed an agreement on Thursday (June 9) for the revitalization of the Palestinian Employment and Social Protection Fund, as part of efforts to boost job creation, private sector development and workers’ rights in the West Bank and Gaza.

March 2011

  1. Green Jobs set to improve youth employability in six of Syria's 100 poorest villages

    25 March 2011

    Youth from some of Syria’s poorest regions are learning to harness solar energy to improve their living standards in an environmentally sustainable way.

  2. Vocational training for the construction sector to boost social and economic recovery and employment generation in southern Lebanon

    25 March 2011

    More than one thousand Lebanese will have benefited from the ILO project ‘Skills development, employment services and local economic recovery for the construction sector in south Lebanon’ when a further 287 trainees receive a proficiency certificate at the Yassin Jaber Centre in the southern city of Nabatieh on Tuesday (March 29).

  3. Combating HIV/AIDS in the workplace in Syria: ILO raises awareness on HIV/AIDS and the world of work in Syria

    02 March 2011

    Syria is striving to combat to HIV/AIDS through the workplace this year, with the launch of an awareness campaign for decision-makers in employers’ organizations, trade unions, and government institutions.

February 2011

  1. Minister of Labour signs the decree implementing the Labour Law amendments for Palestine Refugees

    28 February 2011

    The Lebanese Minister of Labour in the caretaking government Boutros Harb signed on Tuesday (22nd of February) a decree implementing amendments to the Labour Law that were adopted last August, thus facilitating access of Palestinian Refugees to work permits and de-linking those permits from a work contract.

  2. Statement by the ILO Director-General on the situation in Libya

    24 February 2011

    The Director-General of the ILO, Juan Somavia, associates himself fully with the grave concern and condemnation expressed by the Security Council and the Secretary-General of the United Nations on the dramatic situation in Libya.

January 2011

  1. Making microfinance work in Arab states

    14 January 2011

    Microfinance managers from Iraq, Syria and Lebanon will gather in Beirut, Lebanon from 17 to 27 January 2011 for a ten-day workshop to improve their technical knowledge and management skills in using financial instruments to promote decent work.

December 2010

  1. Arab countries commit to social dialogue in Rabat

    16 December 2010

    Government, employer and worker representatives placed 'social dialogue' at the heart of the Arab Action Agenda for Employment in Rabat, Morocco on Thursday (December 16).

November 2010

  1. Rejuvenating "social economies" in the Arab region

    26 November 2010

    Cooperatives, which employ over 100 million people globally, could be a driving force for employment, growth and decent work but remain under-utilized in the Arab region, according to representatives of governments, workers’ and employers’ organizations, and cooperatives from six Arab countries gathered in Beirut, Lebanon from November 23-26.

  2. First ILO World Social Security Report: Social security plays critical role in times of crisis, but still eludes much of the world

    17 November 2010

    A new report by the International Labour Office (ILO) says that while social security measures have played a critical role in reducing the social impact of economic crises both now and in the past, basic social security coverage remains out of reach for most of the world, especially in low-income countries.