News and Press releases

September 2009

  1. G20 Commit to Putting Quality Jobs at the Heart of the Recovery

    25 September 2009

    Leaders of the G20 have welcomed the ILO Global Jobs Pact and the building of “an employment-oriented framework for future economic growth”. ILO Director-General Juan Somavia, who was invited to present a report on policies and prospects for jobs and social protection to the Pittsburgh Summit said, “I welcome the significant commitment of the Leaders to “implementing recovery plans that support decent work, help preserve employment and prioritize job growth.”

  2. Despite continued rise in unemployment, measures taken by G20 governments will save up to 11 million jobs in 2009

    18 September 2009

    Employment and social protection measures taken by G20 governments since the economic crisis began will have created or saved an estimated 7 to 11 million jobs in the G20 countries this year, the Director-General of the International Labour Office (ILO) said in a communication at the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh.

  3. ILO Launches Fourth Call for Proposals to Promote Cooperatives in Africa

    12 September 2009

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) announces the launch, on 14 September 2009, of a fourth call for proposals to promote social economy organizations based on cooperative values and principles through the Cooperative Facility for Africa (CoopAfrica) programme. The programme provides assistance through the Challenge Fund, a competitive bidding process, which supports projects on a cost-sharing basis.

August 2009

  1. Disability Equality Training for Parliamentarians in Zambia *MPs PLEDGE ACTION ON INCLUSION OF DISABLED PEOPLE*

    07 August 2009

    Members of influential Parliamentary Committees have pledged to do all they can to ensure the full rights of people with disabilities in Zambia. They aim to achieve this through awareness raising at all levels, and by pressing for the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

July 2009

  1. ILO welcomes new support for the Global Jobs Pact from the UN Economic and Social Council

    27 July 2009

    The International Labour Office welcomed the adoption of a resolution on the ILO’s Global Jobs Pact sponsored by more than 170 countries attending the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) meeting in Geneva.

  2. Technical Seminar: Labour Market Information to Monitor Progress on Decent Work in Africa and African Preview: ILO Guide to the New Millennium Development Goals Employment Indicators

    23 July 2009

    The ILO seminar running from 20 July to 24 July 2009 is a follow-up to the endorsement of the four new employment indicators under the Millennium Development Goals’ (MDG) Target 1b (Achieve full productive employment and decent work for all) by the Secretary General of the UN and the President of the General Assembly at a UN High Level Meeting on the 25th September 2008.

June 2009

  1. ILO adopts “Global Jobs Pact” aimed at creating jobs, protecting workers and stimulating economic recovery

    19 June 2009

    Faced with the prospect of a prolonged global increase in unemployment, poverty and inequality and the continuing collapse of enterprises, the International Labour Organization adopted a Global Jobs Pact designed to guide national and international policies aimed at stimulating economic recovery, generating jobs and providing protection to working people and their families.

May 2009

  1. ILO meets with high-level experts to discuss the crisis and the future of the automotive industry

    22 May 2009

    Against the backdrop of the global economic and social crisis, senior experts on the automotive sector from Europe, Asia and the Americas met here on 20-21 May with top officials of the International Labour Organization (ILO) to discuss the state of the automotive industry and its future directions.

  2. New ILO report says “Cost of Coercion” to workers in forced labour surpasses USD 20 billion per year

    12 May 2009

    In a new study on the patterns of forced labour worldwide, the International Labour Office (ILO) says the “opportunity cost” of coercion to the workers affected reaches over USD 20 billion per year.

April 2009

  1. World Day for Safety and Health at Work public march urged for a strong safety culture at work

    28 April 2009

    Celebrating the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, a public march was held in Addis Ababa, on April 28, 2004, calling for a strong safety culture at work.