What's new

September 2014

  1. Stories from the field

    Place and train: Hunan Province pioneers new approach to inclusive employment for people with intellectual disabilities in China

    19 September 2014

    Hunan maps out China’s first provincial plan on supported employment to promote employment for persons with intellectual disabilities in the open labour market.

July 2014

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    Multilateral cooperation

    ILO and UNESCO reconfirm commitment to joint work in new agreement

    08 July 2014

    Text covers training youth for employment, women's employment and equal rights, child labour, human rights, social protection floors, poverty eradication and South-South and triangular cooperation.

June 2014

  1. Event

    Media Advisory: ILO and the Zambia Federation of Employers to organize first roundtable discussion under the theme “Unlocking the potential: A Zambia Business Roundtable on Disability and Employment”

March 2014

  1. Video

    The Ability Factor: Employing people with disabilities makes good business sense

    14 March 2014

    People with disabilities are the world's largest minority group (1 billion people — 15% of the world's population; of which 785 million are of working age). They face many barriers to employment, including physical, information and attitudinal barriers. Stereotypes and misconceptions prevent them from accessing jobs because these often focus on their disability instead of ability, when in fact they can and do work. This short video aims to raise awareness about the benefits of employing people with disabilities.

December 2013

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    ILO meeting to discuss apprenticeship systems in Europe

    06 December 2013

    Experience shows apprenticeships can have a positive impact on youth employment. Government, employer and worker representatives from EU countries are meeting to discuss best practices and measures to further improve their efficiency.

  2. International Day of Persons with Disabilities

    Including people with disabilities, everyone stands to gain

    03 December 2013

    “Too many people with disabilities are denied the dignity of work (...) We need to break barriers and open doors for an inclusive society for all,” says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in a statement on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

November 2013

  1. Video interview

    Breaking the barriers: Promoting skills development and inclusive work places for people with disabilities

    29 November 2013

    One out of every seven people in the world - or some 1 billion people - has a disability. Approximately 785 of them are estimated to be of working age, but most do not work. In this video, Barbara Murray, ILO Senior Disability Specialist, talks about the barriers to employment and training faced by people with disabilities, the ILO's approach to promoting skills development and inclusive work places and the way forward.

  2. Video

    Promoting inclusive societies and workplaces: Voices of ILO constituents

    27 November 2013

    The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is observed each year on 3 December to encourage better understanding of issues facing people with disabilities, and mobilize support for their quest for rights and full inclusion in society. This video features the voices of ILO constituents on what is needed to break down the barriers to promote societies and workplaces that are inclusive of disabled persons.

  3. Disability and work

    International Day of Persons with Disabilities - 3 December 2013

    The Day is observed each year on 3 December to encourage better understanding of issues facing people with disabilities, and mobilize support for their quest for dignity, rights and full inclusion in society. This year's theme - Break barriers, open doors: for an inclusive society and development for all - provides an opportunity to further awareness of disability and the removal of all types of barriers - attitudinal, physical, social, economic and cultural - to realizing the full and equal participation of disabled persons in all spheres of society - education and training at the workplace and in politics, the arts and social activities in general.

October 2013

  1. Video interview

    Hilary Steedman: Apprenticeships and productivity of small and medium-sized enterprises

    24 October 2013

    Hilary Steedman, a Research Associate at the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics talks about how apprenticeships can help small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) improve their productivity, and their importance for young employees, both women and men.

September 2013

  1. Video

    Video: Decent Work for People with Disabilities - Count Us In!

    23 September 2013

    Women and men with disabilities can and want to be productive members of society. This four minute video raises awareness about the barriers as well as the actions needed to help people with disabilities obtain decent work and a better life.

  2. China

    Forum highlights the benefits of hiring people with disabilities

    17 September 2013

    The ILO and representatives of more than 20 companies meet in Shanghai and showcase the advantages of hiring qualified persons with disabilities.

July 2013

  1. Skills and competitiveness

    Ryder calls for strengthening skills development to bridge the gap between the worlds of education and work

    12 July 2013

    ILO and WTO stress their shared goal to realize the potential of trade opening for employment and for productive and decent work for more people.

June 2013

  1. Partnership for skills training

    ILO-Japan sign ¥30,831,000 skills’ training initiative

    14 June 2013

    A collaboration between the Government of Japan and the International Labour Organization will strengthen a range of courses offered by the International Training Centre in Turin, Italy.

  2. Event

    ILO High-Level Panel on Skills for Competitiveness

    The side event, organized by the ILO at the WTO Fourth Global Review of Aid for Trade on 9 July in Geneva, provided an opportunity for sharing research findings and policy approaches on the role of skills development in translating trade openness into sustainable growth of productive and decent work. Diverse research and survey data show that many firms rank finding adequately skilled workers as a major constraint to their business. New research from the WTO documented that, in particular, such difficulties impede small and medium sized enterprises from connecting to and benefitting from global value chains.

April 2013

  1. Event

    Regional Experts Knowledge Sharing Workshop 2013

  2. Statement

    Remarks at launch event of the European Business Campaign: “Skills for Jobs”

    18 April 2013

    by Mr José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, Assistant Director General for Policy, ILO at the session on “Reaching impact and scaling up”

March 2013

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    Web accessibility – good for society, good for business

    11 March 2013

    Making the Web accessible to people with disabilities is the right thing to do. For a business, it can also mean added revenue and protection from lawsuits.

February 2013

  1. Global Employment Trends 2013

    Skills mismatches hurt job creation prospects

    04 February 2013

    The crisis has forced millions of workers to seek new jobs but their skills are often not those that employers are seeking, and this skills mismatch is driving up unemployment levels.

January 2013

  1. Event

    Web Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities: Benefits for All

    Tuesday, 12 February 2013 - Webinar convened by the ILO, the UN Global Compact Office and G3ICT