Areas of work

Training for labour inspectors in Lao People’s Democratic Republic. © ILO

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In recent years the Asia-Pacific region has faced challenges that have seriously tested its socio-economic infrastructure and development such as the COVID-19 pandemic, economic crises, natural disasters, conflicts and the impacts of globalization.

The ILO works with countries in the region to deal with these and other issues. The range of work and workplace-related issues that emerge in such a diverse region is immense – ranging ‘buidling back better from the COVID-19 crisis to the drafting of laws and the application of internationally-agreed standards, institution building, health and safety, labour migration, social protection, gender equality and inclusiveness, crisis response, child labour and forced labour.
This work compliments the national goals of each Member State, as outlined in their individual Decent Work Country Programmes. An important strength of ILO work is that it is carried out in close co-operation with governments, employers and workers. This unique tripartite system ensures a wide base of support and allows ILO interventions to take into account many views and benefit from up-to-date, practical knowledge about employment and work.