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January 2005

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    31 January 2005

    As people live longer and birth-rates fall, many countries are facing up to the problem of how to finance pensions for an ageing population. In the United Kingdom, a Pensions Commission reported on what the problems are and how the government could tackle the situation. This report from ILO TV.

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    20 January 2005

    As well as claiming countless lives, the Asian tsunami left behind devastated economies in its wake. The International Labour Organization’s JobsNet project assesses the impact on employment, identifying pressing needs for repair of workplaces and reconstruction. ILO TV sent this report from Sri Lanka.

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    Gilberto Gil Against Child Labour

    06 January 2005

    Brazil's minister of culture, Gilberto Gil, brings his musical talents to the fight against child labour. Directed by the Brazilian film-maker, Fernando Meirelles (O2 Films), Gilberto Gil sings a special version of a famous Brazilian song, written by Paulo Tatit, "Comida" (Food) from the Pop Group Titãs. He performs alongside children who have been withdrawn from work and who are beneficiaries of the Brazilian Programme to Combat Child Labour (PETI). This public service announcement was produced by the International Labour Organization in partnership with the Brazilian Ministries of Culture and Social Development.

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    Efforts mount in Japan to counter human trafficking

    05 January 2005

    Human trafficking is a growing problem in Japan and new efforts for stronger measures to combat modern forms of forced labour are gaining momentum. This report examines the phenomenon and what Japan and its ILO partners are doing about it.

December 2004

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    International Employment Conference on Iraq adopts Plan and Declaration on combatting massive unemployment

    14 December 2004

    An International Conference on Employment in Iraq adopted a Declaration here today underlining the crucial role of employment in the reconstruction and development of Iraq where some 30 per cent of the adult workforce and 50 per cent of youth are unemployed.

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    World scouting to work with ILO against child labour

    10 December 2004

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) have agreed to cooperate at enhancing children's participation and youth empowerment to eliminate child labour though the participation of the Scouts in the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (ILO/IPEC).

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    08 December 2004

    A new report from the International Labour Office says that despite the fact that more people are employed today than ever before, half the world’s workers live below US$2.00 a day, unable to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. The reason is not for lack of jobs but the lack of productive jobs. ILO TV explains:

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    03 December 2004

    In Uganda, a parliamentary commission has been investigating events surrounding a strike of more than 200 young women at a foreign-owned textiles factory. The “Agoa girls”, as they have become known, protested outside Parliament about working conditions and their right to join a union. As ILO TV now reports, the women have raised awareness of the role of trade unions and rights in the workplace, in a country where labour disputes are rare.

November 2004

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    Microfinance paves the way to decent work

    18 November 2004

    Microfinance makes a powerful contribution to decent work: it facilitates small investments in self-employment and job creation; it also helps the poor to manage risks through emergency loans, savings and micro-insurance. The launch of the UN International Year of Microcredit on 18 November is an occasion to look at the pioneering role of microfinance. Here are two examples from an industrialized and a developing country.

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    Media advisory: ILO lends support to African network of mutual health organizations

    17 November 2004

    In an effort to help boost the development of mutual health organizations in Africa, the ILO and a wide range of partners are lending support to the third forum of the "Coordination Network" of Mutual Health Organizations to be held in Bamako, Mali, from 17-19 November 2004. The forum will focus on the development of mutual health organizations (MHOs), engaged in improving quality of and access to health care.