The latest news on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the world of work and the responses of governments, workers’ and employers’ organizations.

December 2021

  1. International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2021

    Ady Barkan and Bradley Whitford: Raise your voice for disability inclusion

    03 December 2021

    On international Day of Persons with Disabilities, lawyer and activist Ady Barkan, and actor and producer, Bradley Whitford show solidarity with the ILO to call on countries to uphold the rights and improve inclusion of persons with disabilities.

  2. Press release

    Two songwriters from Hanoi and HCM City win Music Against Child Labour song competition

    02 December 2021

    The initiative which attracted 88 entries from 68 musicians from across Viet Nam, aimed to raise awareness as part of the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour.

  3. International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

    Celebrity voices, true stories of modern slavery

    02 December 2021

    Celebrity advocates voice the harrowing stories of people trapped in forced labour, to raise awareness of the issue and support the campaign to eliminate modern slavery in all its forms.

  4. Press release

    Viet Nam launches second programme of action plan to tackle child labour

    01 December 2021

    The National Programme on the Prevention and Reduction of Child Labour for the 2021 ̶ 25 period, with a vision towards 2030, has been launched to accelerate Viet Nam’s progress in the fight against child labour.

November 2021

  1. News

    ILO contributes to an International Cooperative Week event on women cooperative responses to the COVID-19 pandemic

    26 November 2021

    On November 19, 2021, SEWA Cooperative Federation, WIEGO and International Cooperative Alliance - Asia-and-Pacific (ICA-AP) organized a global webinar titled ‘Rebuilding an Inclusive World in the Wake of the Pandemic: Women Cooperatives Lead the Way’ on the occasion of the International Cooperative Week.

  2. News

    A set of papers on “Financial Mechanisms for Innovative Social and Solidarity Economy Ecosystems” is now available from the ILO

    26 November 2021

    The social and solidarity economy (SSE) is receiving increased attention for its role in addressing a variety of economic and social challenges, ranging from the future of work to the provision of social services. The social and economic problems around the global COVID-19 pandemic have brought into focus the need to strengthen the SSE to support the recovery process, along with the public and private sector.

  3. News

    The ILO Director General and the Portuguese Minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security opened the 12th Academy on Social and Solidarity Economy

    25 November 2021

    The official opening of the 12th edition of the ILO Academy on Social and Solidarity Economy took place virtually on November 15th, 2021.

  4. Spotlight Interviews with Co-operators

    Lucas Mprechas, Founding Member and Coordinator of the Social Network for Social Solidarity and Regional Development (KAPA Network), Greece

    25 November 2021

    “Spotlight Interviews with Co-operators” is a series of interviews with cooperative and wider social and solidarity economy (SSE) policy makers, researchers and practitioners from around the world with whom ILO officials have crossed paths during the course of their work. On this occasion, the ILO interviewed Lucas Mprechas founder of the Social Network for Social Solidarity and Regional Development (KAPA Network) in Greece.

  5. Video

    Skills and lifelong learning: Four key questions at the International Labour Conference

    23 November 2021

    Skills and lifelong learning have become ever more important as the world of work transforms rapidly, including due to changes caused by the COVID-19 crisis. The issue will be discussed during the second segment of the 109th International Labour Conference. Find out about the four key questions on skills that will be examined at the Conference.

  6. Video

    Why inequality is in the spotlight at the International Labour Conference

    23 November 2021

    Inequality is on the agenda of the second segment of the 109th International Labour Conference. It’s an issue that’s been at the heart of the ILO mandate since it was founded. So why is it being examined now? How can the world of work help reduce inequalities? And what’s the aim of the discussion?

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    Press release

    Youth unemployment in Thailand hits new highs due to COVID-19

    23 November 2021

    ILO assessment of the Thai labour market finds high levels of joblessness among young workers due to pandemic restrictions.

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    Migrant worker rights and recruitment

    COVID-19 has made life even more precarious for migrant workers

    22 November 2021

    Stranded in their destination countries or forced to leave, unemployed and with no access to social protection, migrant workers have suffered the worst of the pandemic.

  9. Podcast series: Global challenges – Global solutions

    In the uneven recovery from the COVID-19 jobs crisis, women are being left behind

    22 November 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the world of work. A new ILO brief shows that the crisis in labour markets has had an uneven impact on women. In this podcast, Valeria Esquivel, Employment Policies and Gender specialist in the Employment, Labour Market and Youth Branch of the ILO’s Employment Policy Department analyses the current challenges and what can be done to address them.

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    I reinvented my businesses to survive the pandemic

    19 November 2021

    Women Entrepreneurs are the backbone of many successful businesses, and their numbers are growing. Meet Peruvian business owner, Alenka Marquina, whose persistence, self-belief and hard work enabled her to adapt her businesses to meet the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic – preserving the livelihoods of her employees.

  11. Media advisory

    109th International Labour Conference to resume

    18 November 2021

    Inequalities and skills for lifelong learning will be the key discussions during the second part of this year’s ILC.