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April 2008

  1. Video

    Luxembourg Ratifies 20 ILO Conventions and Protocols - Signing Ceremony

    08 April 2008

    Jean Feyder, Permanent Representative of the Great Duchy of Luxembourg to the United Nations, delivered 20 instruments of ratification today to the ILO. Many of the 18 ILO conventions and two protocols ratified by Luxembourg's parliament are concerned with occupational safety and health. Speaking at the signing ceremony with Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, Director of the ILO's International Labour Standards Department, H.E. Jean Feyder said the ILO is a “very important actor in the balancing of globalization into a more human globalization”.

  2. News

    Luxembourg ratifies 20 ILO Instruments including 15 in the field of occupational safety and health

    08 April 2008

    The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg has ratified 20 Instruments of the International Labour Organization – 18 conventions and 2 protocols, most of which are related to occupational safety and health. A combined ratification of such magnitude is relatively rare in the history of the ILO. As a result, Luxembourg has now ratified a hundred ILO Instruments.

  3. Video

    Technical Cooperation at the ILO: Making Decent Work a Reality

    04 April 2008

    The International Labour Organization now conducts more than a 1,000 technical cooperation programs in over 80 countries with the help of some 60 donor institutions worldwide. By providing technical guidance on policy issues, and assistance in the design and implementation of development programs, ILO technical cooperation is helping to implement the Decent Work agenda at a national level, and make this concept a reality for all men and women.

  4. Publication

    Modern-Day Slavehouse - Article originally published in the February 2008 edition of Rolling Stone Brazil magazine

    02 April 2008

    Brazilian employers using slave labor find support in the Congress to have their names off the so-called “Dirty List”.

  5. Publication

    No vacuum: Cleaning up cleaning contracts

    01 April 2008

    A hidden army of workers is at work each day cleaning the world’s office blocks. Many office staff never meet the people who empty their garbage and dust their desks, for cleaning contracts often specify that the work is to be undertaken out of normal work time, in the early morning or evening periods. Yet cleaners are an essential part of modern office life. Andrew Bibby reports.

  6. Publication

    We’re in business! From Better Factories to Better Work. World of Work looks at a country project that grew into a major global programme.

    01 April 2008

    The ILO’s work with the private sector is not new. But in recent years there have been some interesting developments in ILO support to companies in their CSR-related activities. World of Work looks at a country project that grew into a major global programme, and interviews Ros Harvey, the Better Work Global Programme Manager.

  7. Publication

    The Multinational Enterprises Declaration

    01 April 2008

    The story of the ILO’s Multinational Enterprises Declaration goes back more than three decades from before 1977, when it was formally adopted, to the end of the 1960s when the activities of multinationals were first beginning to attract serious attention – and, from some quarters, serious criticism.

  8. Publication

    Multinationals and socially responsible labour practices: Better business - Looking back, looking forward

    01 April 2008

    A major international forum in Geneva has marked the 30th anniversary of one of the first initiatives by the international community to put the social dimension into globalization. Andrew Bibby reports on a key tool to encourage multinational businesses to adopt socially responsible labour practices.

March 2008

  1. Video

    Juan Somavia welcomes World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick to the International Labour Organization

    18 March 2008

    In his introduction of Mr. Zoellick to the Governing Body, ILO Director-General Juan Somavia cited increased cooperation between the ILO and World Bank, and noted that the ILO tripartite members could provide a "vital conduit" for extending efforts to create jobs and reduce poverty at all levels of the world of work.

  2. Video

    Supporting an inclusive and sustainable globalization: Robert B. Zoellick, President of the World Bank

    18 March 2008

    Robert B. Zoellick, President of the World Bank, discussed multilateral cooperation and policy coherence citing joint efforts between the ILO and the World Bank to meet the challenges of globalization, during an address to the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization. "We have a vision of an inclusive and sustainable globalization," said Mr. Zoellick. "What this comes down to, at the end of the day, is people. It's trying to improve the lot of people across the globe. And that requires quality jobs, it requires better social conditions, and it requires opportunities for individual development in achieving aspirations."