Employment promotion in Asia and the Pacific

Garment workers in Bangladesh.

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Asia’s vast labour force, 1.9 billion in 2008, represents approximately 59 per cent of the global total, and it is expected to continue to grow. Without sufficient numbers of new decent and productive employment opportunities it is unlikely that the region will be able to achieve the goals of rising living standards, reduced poverty, social and economic integration, and social development. Sound employment policies, sustainable enterprise promotion and human resource development are essential elements in achieving these goals.

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Key resources

  1. Labour market indicators profile for ASEAN member countries

    This data set for 9 countries in the East and South East Asian region provides information on labour market and decent work indicators. It covers 11 thematic areas including employment opportunities, earnings, productivity, working children, equal opportunities, safety at work, social security and social dialogue.

  2. Visions for Asia’s Decent Work Decade: Sustainable Growth and Jobs to 2015

  3. Asian Decent Work Decade resource kit: competitiveness, productivity and jobs

    This booklet is one of six parts of the kit, serving as a gateway into ILO expertise and knowledge on the regional priority area of competitiveness, productivity and jobs.

  4. Research Conference: Green Jobs for Asia and the Pacific

    Jointly organized by the International Institute for Labour Studies, Policy Integration Department and Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific.

  5. Labour and social trends in ASEAN 2010: Sustaining recovery and development through decent work

    The fifth issue of the Labour and Social Trends report presents an update of major trends in employment and social conditions in the ASEAN region since the beginning of the recent global economic and jobs crisis, while also reviewing national policy responses and identifying lessons learned for the post-crisis era.