Press releases

This is a list of official ILO press releases issued by the ILO Office in Pakistan. Some are available in Urdu and this is indicated on the top of each release. The most recent release is at the top.

2023

  1. ILO Country Director meets with Minister of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development to reaffirm support to social justice for all

    10 January 2023

    In an introductory meeting with the Minister of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (OPHRD), Country Director of ILO, Mr Geir T. Tonstol reaffirmed ILO’s continuous support and assistance to the Ministry and ILO’s constituents in Pakistan.

  2. Rapid assessment of child labour in auto mechanic workshops

    04 January 2023

    Stakeholders’ Validation Workshop: Pakistan discussed new findings from a rapid assessment on child labour in auto mechanic repair.

  3. Pakistan considers ratifying ILO Convention on safety and health in mines

    02 January 2023

    Pakistan priorities to ratify the ILO Convention on Safety and Health in Mines during the discussion in provincial validation workshop held in Karachi.

2022

  1. 17th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting concludes with launch of ‘Singapore Statement’

    09 December 2022

    Statement identifies priorities to tackle wide range of existing and new employment challenges facing Asia, the Pacific and Arab States.

  2. ILO’s 17th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting opens with call for greater efforts to ensure inclusive growth

    06 December 2022

    Government, employer and worker representatives from Asia and the Pacific and the Arab States gather in Singapore to shape priorities for action to drive employment growth in both regions.

  3. 17th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting of the International Labour Organization to take place 6-9 December in Singapore

    29 November 2022

    High-level participation to include President of Singapore H.E. Halimah Yacob, new ILO Director-General Gilbert F. Houngbo and 15 ministers from Asia, the Pacific and Arab States.

  4. Jobs in Asia and the Pacific record modest recovery while future growth prospects remain challenging

    28 November 2022

    Region’s labour market yet to get back on pre-crisis track while clear need exists to drive decent work in sectors employing the majority of workers.

  5. Media opportunities at the 17th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting (APRM)

    25 November 2022

    Information on opportunities for media coverage at the 17th APRM

  6. ILO to release new report on Asia-Pacific Employment and Social Outlook 2022

    24 November 2022

    This third edition of the biennial Asia–Pacific Employment and Social Outlook pulls together the most recent statistics to highlight how labour markets in the region are recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.

  7. 17th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting of the International Labour Organization to take place 6-9 December in Singapore

    10 November 2022

    The 17th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting of the ILO will be held 6 to 9 December 2022 in Singapore, to discuss concrete steps to drive job-rich growth that is inclusive and transformative.

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    Building back better through ILO-PWF rapid infrastructure rehabilitation project launched in Baluchistan

    12 October 2022

    In response to devastating floods of 2022, ILO has supported Pakistan Workers Federation to launch “rapid infrastructure rehabilitation” project for the flood-affected people in Hanna Orak Baluchistan. This project will generate around 5000 of person days of employment for the flood affected people.

  9. Greening brick making to address climate changes and safety health concerns of workers

    05 October 2022

    Rethinking Brick Kiln Communities, which aims to protect Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (FPRW) and improve Occupational Health and Safety (OSH) is indisputably the way forward when talking about climate adaptive green jobs, agreed stakeholders at a consultation organised under ILO Project.

  10. 3.6 million jobs may have been affected by the floods in Pakistan

    28 September 2022

    2.36 to 3.6 million jobs may have been lost and/or disrupted as a result of the worst ever floods in the history of Pakistan that devastated more than 84 districts of Pakistan, the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and HRD briefed the media on initial estimates calculated by the ILO.

  11. Workers and Employers in Korangi Creek Industrial Park (Special Economic Zone) covered under labour laws

    23 September 2022

    Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development organized an awareness raising seminar in Karachi to inform workers and employers on their rights and obligations under labour laws applicable in Special Economic Zones (SEZs).

  12. Workers and Employers in Karachi Export Processing Zone are protected by labour laws

    22 September 2022

    Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development organized an awareness raising seminar in Karachi to inform workers and employers on their rights and obligations under labour laws applicable in Export Processing Zones (EPZs).

  13. Pakistan considers ratifying two ILO fundamental conventions on Occupational Safety and Health

    21 September 2022

    Pakistan, paving the way towards ratification of two ILO fundamental Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) conventions, reviews its own policies and discusses the new ILO OSH conventions.

  14. Minister Overseas Pakistanis and HRD reaffirms its commitment to support workers and their families affected by floods in Pakistan

    20 September 2022

    ILO stands in full support of the Minister, Sajid Hussain Turi, to convene Provincial Governments and Social Partners to chalk out a coordinated roadmap for recovery and reconstruction and uplifting workers and their families out of turmoil in the aftermath of devastating floods.

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    ILO joins support for Pakistan after devastating floods

    19 September 2022

    The ILO has joined the combined UN effort to support Pakistan in the wake of the most severe flooding in the country’s recent history, including with the rollout of infrastructure rehabilitation and cash-for-work initiatives.

  16. Rapid assessment relating to child labour in garbage picking

    18 September 2022

    The ILO Office for Pakistan convened a stakeholders’ validation workshop in Karachi to present the key findings and recommendations coming from rapid assessment relating to child labour in garbage picking in Pakistan.

  17. Decent work priorities in Pakistan – Five-year plan (2023-27)

    04 September 2022

    The Government of Pakistan, Provincial Departments of Labour, Employers' and Workers' Organizations and other important stakeholders agreed on Promoting decent work at the core of Crises, Promoting social protection coverage for all, Strengthening application of International Labour Standards through Social Dialogue and promoting workplaces which are safe, healthy, family-friendly and free of violence and harassment as priorities for next five years.