Media centre: 15th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting

  1. Address by Director-General of the ILO at the Opening Ceremony of the 15th Asia and Pacific Regional Meeting, Kyoto, Japan

    04 December 2011

    Statement delivered on 4 December 2011.

  2. ILO Director-General says policy makers need to reconnect with the needs of working families and put job creation at the centre of economic recovery efforts

    04 December 2011

    The Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Mr Juan Somavia, warned that “dark clouds” are gathering again in Asia, even as growth rebounds and investment is flowing back. Asia’s economy is more open than ever before but with the risk of the global economy slipping into a double-dip recession, this openness has positive as well as negative implications.

  3. ILO Director-General praises Japan's commitment to decent work, says efforts to solve global economic crisis must put people first

    04 December 2011

    The Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Mr Juan Somavia, praised Japan's commitment to creating decent work opportunities for women, men and young people, and called on the country to continue to use its voice in the G-20 to support more concerted international action to put the creation of jobs at the centre of efforts to solve the global economic crisis.

  4. Video: Working Together to Share in the Asia-Pacific Region’s Productivity and Prosperity

    04 December 2011

    There’s good news in the global economic crisis. While the rest of the world’s economies grew just 3% in 2010, economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region more than doubled that. But there’s a hidden story behind the successes of Asia’s booming economies. Joblessness, especially youth unemployment, persists throughout the region. The ILO and its constituents in government, business and workers organizations are working to change that.

  5. ILO Regional Meeting to focus on employment, economic and social vulnerabilities in Asia, the Pacific

    03 December 2011

    Government ministers, representatives of workers' and employers' organizations, and academics from about 40 countries in Asia, the Pacific and the Arab States will be gathering in Kyoto, Japan to discuss how employment, economic and social progress can be safeguarded in the face of the uncertain global economic outlook.

  6. Freeing Cambodia's children from work by 2016-A real possibility?

    02 December 2011

    Story of Nit's family, her family lives in a shaky thatch hut a short walk from the magnificent Ta Prohm ruins in the Angkor World Heritage Site. Her grandfather abandoned his family 15 years ago, and with no farm land, everyone has done their bit to stay together. Like her mother, aunt and grandmother, Nit now sells bracelets, postcards and magnets to tourists

  7. The dreamweaver of Lake Sebu

    02 December 2011

    Story of Subi Nalon, the seventy-five-year-old inherited the skill from her mother and has been weaving t'nalak since he was 15.

  8. Cambodia's young people look for a brighter future

    02 December 2011

    Story of Yeth Chenda, 21-year-old Yeth CHenda recently found a job as a receptionist in a rural hotel in Kampot, Southern Cambodia, with the assistance of an International Labour Organization (ILO) job centre project

  9. Skills training holds rural families, communities together

    02 December 2011

    Story of Tran Thi Thanh, a 43-year-old grandmother in My Loc, who acquired her first-ever passport and will use it to find work in Taiwan as a domestic worker.

  10. Vietnamese apparel factories producing a good bargain for all

    02 December 2011

    Story of Dang Thu Hoan, a Vietnamese worker who helps produce around US$13 billion in textile export revenues for Viet Nam.