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    ILC concludes with praise for Forced Labour Protocol

    12 June 2014

    The annual International Labour Conference has ended Thursday. In his closing remarks Director General Guy Ryder pointed to the successful adoption of the forced labour protocol as a notable achievement.

  2. Forced Labour

    New Protocol adopted to eliminate contemporary forms of slavery

    11 June 2014

    A new legally binding Protocol aimed at strengthening global efforts to combat forced labour was largely adopted by government, employer and worker delegates to the International Labour Conference (ILC). "This is truly a historic moment because delegates in this room have now modernized effectively Convention 29, which was adopted 84 years ago. We have much stronger measures now to protect the victims and to prevent Forced Labour", said Beate Andrees, Head of the ILO Special Action Programme to Combat Forced Labour.

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    ILC adopts new Protocol to help eliminate forced labour

    11 June 2014

    The International Labour Conference has voted 437 to 8 to adopt a new protocol on forced labour. Delegates have hailed the move as a major step in the fight against contemporary forms of forced labour.

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    Professor Nayyar: Worsening of Income Distribution "incredible"

    09 June 2014

    Presenting the keynote speech ahead of the World of Work Summit at the International Labour Conference, Deepak Nayyar, professor of economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, argued that Governments have been too narrowly concerned with price stability. The economic orthodoxy of the last several decades has produced a global economy characterised by sluggish, jobless growth and dramatically increasing inequality.

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    Mongolia looks to development goals post 2015

    09 June 2014

    Mongolia is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Rich in resources but sparsely populated it faces distinct developmental challenges. The Mongolian Prime Minister outlined his country's approach in a speech to delegates at the International Labour Conference in Geneva.

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    Jordanian Prime Minister calls for increased international assistance in dealing with Syrian Crisis

    09 June 2014

    The Syrian refugee crisis has stretched public finances and strained the capacity of Jordan's civil services to cope, the Jordanian Prime Minister told delegates to the ILC on Monday. Abdullah Ensour also outlined the serious impact the crisis has had on the Jordanian labour market.

  7. Special sitting

    Mongolian PM addresses the 103rd International Labour Conference

    09 June 2014

    Norovyn Altankhuyag of Monglia addressed the 103rd International Labour Conference in Geneva, as the first Prime Minister representing the Asian country at the ILO's annual Conference. Mr. Altankhuyag praised the cultivating and fruitful cooperation between his country and the ILO across a broad range of areas, including labour and social welfare.

  8. Special sitting

    Jordan's PM: Investing in human resources, pivotal to social and economic progress

    09 June 2014

    While addressing the 103rd International Labour Conference, H.E. Mr Abdullah Ensour, Prime Minister of Jordan, stressed that political, social and economic reforms in his country constitute an ongoing process which need to be sustained by democratic consent. The Jordanian Government is convinced that the growth of the country's economy is conditional to the growth of the productivity of its labour force. Mr Ensour also called for the support of the international community to help the Kingdom in dealing with the consequences of the Syrian humanitarian crisis affecting Jordan.

  9. World of Work Summit

    Prof. Deepak Nayyar: "What is good for employment is good for growth"

    09 June 2014

    The financial crisis and ongoing recession provide an opportunity to rethink macroeconomic policies and place employment at their centre, said Professor Deepak Nayyar, Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, in a speech to delegates at the 103rd International Labour Conference. The ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder and Professor Nayyar opened a day of discussion at the conference focussed on "Developing with Jobs".

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    Forced Labour Committee grapples with modernising 84 year old convention

    06 June 2014

    One of the key questions before the International Labour Conference (ILC) this year is how to reform the Forced Labour Convention. Originally adopted in 1930, Convention 29 is widely considered by delegates to be in need of change to help the millions of people affected by forced labour globally.

  11. The ILO at Work

    ILO ready to pick up challenges that lie at the core of its mandate

    05 June 2014

    The ILO's Director-General, Guy Ryder, presented a new publication on the recent achievements of the Organization's development cooperation, titled 'The ILO at Work: Development Results 2012-2013'. “This report is published at a time of major change in international development corporation, greater coherence between UN agencies and other development actors is being promoted, and has resulted in new ways of working and greater policy making in a one UN framework”, said Ryder during his presentation.

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    The 103rd International Labour Conference seen by the participants

    03 June 2014

    Over 4,000 delegates representing Government, Employers and Employees have gathered in Geneva for the 103rd International Labour Conference. Up for discussion this year: forced labour, moving from the informal to the formal economy and migration. ILO radio spoke with a few of them to find out who they are and what's on their minds.

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    ILO Director-General: Migrants must receive equal treatment in the labour market

    28 May 2014

    Workers rights must be put at the centre of the agenda when it comes to dealing with migration. That’s the key message of the “Fair Migration” report presented to the International Labour Conference by Guy Ryder, Director-General of the ILO. Protecting local and migrant workers equally is the best way to reconcile social concerns and economic benefits, says Mr Ryder in an interview with ILO Radio.

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    International Labour Conference opens with calls to address migration and forced labour

    28 May 2014

    The 103rd annual International Labour Conference began Wednesday in Geneva. Thousands of delegates representing governments, employees and employers have gathered to discuss and address issues surrounding migration, forced labour and the formalization of the global workforce.

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    ILO's Director-General opens 103rd Session of the International Labour Conference

    28 May 2014

    Addressing more than 3,000 representatives of governments, employers and workers from 156 countries, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, officially opened the 103rd session of the International Labour Conference. Ryder urged delegates to place jobs at the front and centre of discussions, and called for strengthened actions to end forced labour. The ILO's Head also stressed the need to tackle the unacceptable treatment and abuse to which too many migrant workers are exposed worldwide.