Impact and people


  1. World Diabetes Day (14 November) - Diabetes in the Workplace

    12 November 2007

    Diabetes is a disease that currently affects more than 180 million people in the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), this number is likely to more than double by 2030.

  2. Green Jobs and global warming: ILO to discuss new initiatives for tackling climate change in the world of work

    08 November 2007

    Climate change is widely seen as a threat to our health, our wealth and our planet. Yet, it also presents huge opportunities for the creation of new jobs aimed at mitigating its effects through energy and industrialization policies. The 300th session of the ILO’s Governing Body will consider new initiatives for tackling the issue in the world of work.

  3. Questions and answers about the ILO Forum on Decent Work for a Fair Globalization

    30 October 2007

    Political and opinion leaders from around the globe will meet in Lisbon, Portugal from 31 October to 2 November 2007 to discuss the role of decent work as the key to economic, social and environmental sustainability and a fair and inclusive globalization.

  4. Women in the workplace: New ILO report highlights how action in the world of work can help reduce maternal deaths

    16 October 2007

    Every minute of every day, a woman dies needlessly in pregnancy or childbirth. With nearly 60 per cent of the world’s women of childbearing age in the labour force in 2006, the importance of paid work in the lives of so many women makes maternity protection at work a key to safeguarding the health and economic security of women and their children. A new ILO report to be presented at an international conference in London on 18 October reviews the progress and priorities in the world of work to ensure women’s rights to safe maternity.

  5. Union education in the twenty-first century

    11 October 2007

    From 8-12 October 2007, more than 150 trade union representatives from 45 countries are meeting at ILO headquarters in Geneva to discuss ways to strengthen the capacity of trade unions to influence socio-economic policies and development strategies. Workers’ education activities are at the heart of these efforts to cope with the rapid changes in the world of work brought by globalization. ILO Online spoke with Dan Cunniah, Director a.i. of the ILO’s Bureau for Workers’ Activities.

  6. Green jobs initiative in Burkina Faso: From waste to wages

    11 October 2007

    Among the goals of the ILO’s new “Green Jobs Initiative” is linking development and job creation to the creation of a cleaner, more sustainable environment. Though the concept is relatively new, the practice is already growing in some parts of the world. ILO Online reports from Burkina Faso where a new project for removing plastic waste is not only improving the environment, but creating “green jobs” in the process.

  7. World Teachers’ Day 2007 - Teacher shortages in education: Achieving quality education for all

    04 October 2007

    It is a paradox: as the importance of education for knowledge- and information-based societies grows, the world is facing a shortage of qualified teachers. Moreover, according to some international estimates, 18 million new teachers will be needed over the next decade to meet the learning needs of all children, youth and adults by 2015 as stated in the MDGs and by the Education for All movement.

  8. World Social Security Forum - Building a “Social Security Floor” worldwide where growth can meet equity

    28 September 2007

    Only one in five people in the world has adequate social security coverage. Last week, the first ever World Social Security Forum organized by the International Social Security Association (ISSA) and the Russian authorities in Moscow discussed social security’s contribution to build productive economies and more inclusive societies. Interview with Michael Cichon, Director of the ILO’s Social Security Department.

  9. Climate change and the world of work: ILO Director-General outlines ILO role in new “Green Jobs Initiative”

    24 September 2007

    As global leaders gather in New York this week under the leadership of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to breathe new life into international efforts to tackle climate change and other environmental issues, the ILO is presenting a plan aimed at meeting the climate challenge in the world of work. ILO Director-General Juan Somavia explains the role of the ILO in this process and outlines a new plan for a “Green Jobs Initiative” that will promote environmentally sustainable development and make sure workplace issues are part of the debate. ILO Online reports from High-Level Event on Climate Change, New York, 24 September 2007.

  10. When decent work takes flight: Safe work in airports as an example of making decent work a local reality

    21 September 2007

    Frankfurt Airport is one of the largest in the world. To manage growing international competition and increasing record traffic, it has begun an 8 billion Euro expansion of its take off and landing capacities, which will take place over the next 10 years. The project is expected to create some 25,000 new jobs, but also raises environmental and social issues. One of these is how to guarantee a safe and healthy working place for old and new staff members. ILO Online reports.