Press releases

This is a list of official ILO press releases issued by the ILO Office in Pakistan. Some are available in Urdu and this is indicated on the top of each release. The most recent release is at the top.


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    Balochistan Officials Empowered Against Forced Labor and Human Trafficking

    07 March 2024

    One of the BRIDGE project’s aims in Pakistan is to strengthen the capacity of law enforcement agencies and relevant stakeholders in Balochistan province to combat forced labour, bonded labour, and human trafficking

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    Pakistan launches National Coalition for Social Justice

    20 February 2024

    National Coalition for Social Justice cements the commitment of partners to addressing inequalities and promoting social justice in Pakistan.

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    ILO and EFP launch ‘Roadmap for Business Engagement’ to promote SDGs

    24 January 2024

    The roadmap for business engagement would represent a united business voice in Pakistan, showcasing the contribution of the business community to SDGs.


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    ILO and EFP award 150 national skills passports to aspiring migrant workers

    29 November 2023

    Recognizing the pivotal role of skilled human resources in national and international labour markets is essential for achieving decent work.

  2. Empowering migrant workers through the National Skills Passport initiative

    06 November 2023

    Participants discuss the many challenges faced by Pakistani migrant workers and set out a strategy to recognize and enhance the skills and qualifications of returning workers.

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    Stakeholders validate evaluation of ILO interventions to promote decent work for vulnerable segments of society

    31 October 2023

    Participants in the validation event heard testimonials from stakeholders how the project has brought change in their lives.

  4. Pakistan advances towards ratifying Maritime Labour Convention for seafarers' rights

    05 October 2023

    Stakeholders recognize the important benefits that ratification of the ILO instrument would bring to the lives of Pakistani maritime workers.

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    New report evaluates Pakistan’s compliance with GSP+ labour standards obligations

    29 September 2023

    The report charts progress, identifies gaps in compliance indicators and provides practical recommendations for improvement.

  6. Employers’ Federation of Pakistan with support from ILO organizes the 17th Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Awards

    25 September 2023

    ILO and other social partners reaffirm their commitment to promoting safe and productive workplaces ensuring the safety of workers and enterprise sustainability.

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    ILO forecasts Pakistan unemployment up 1.5 million since 2021

    14 September 2023

    New labour market brief highlights how prolonged crises are cumulating in extreme labour market distress.

  8. Pakistan moving closer to ratifying Protocol 29 to ILO’s Forced Labour Convention

    07 September 2023

    Consultations agree on the important benefits that ratification of the ILO instrument would bring to the lives of Pakistani workers.

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    ILO and All Pakistan Labour Federation join hands to protect safety and health of mine workers

    02 September 2023

    Advocating a comprehensive strategy for safe mining in Pakistan and continuing the campaign for the ratification of Convention No. 176.

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    ILO and Pakistan Workers’ Federation join hands for protection of the rights of domestic workers

    23 August 2023

    Discussions consider the ratification of the ILO Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189) and recognize the many benefits this would bring.

  11. UNFPA and ILO strengthen collaboration for inclusive sustainable development in Pakistan

    20 July 2023

    The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) joined hands in a momentous event to mark the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 20 July 2023.

  12. ILO Country Office for Pakistan hosted "Social Justice for All. End Child Labour!" Conference in Islamabad

    13 July 2023

    The ILO Country Office for Pakistan, a leading global advocate for labour rights, successfully organized the "Social Justice for All. End Child Labour!" conference on 12 July, 2023 in Islamabad. The conference aimed to accelerate efforts towards the prevention and elimination of child labour, in alignment with the World Day Against Child Labour

  13. The ILO Better Work Programme Organise Textile and Ready Made Garment Industry Forum

    25 May 2023

    The ILO and its Better Work programme held the Textile and Ready Made Garment Industry Forum in Karachi, attended by over 200 of our key stakeholders.

  14. Strengthening bilateral labour migration agreements to protect the rights of women migrant workers

    18 May 2023

    ILO, UN Women and IOM host a Symposium on women migrants workers’ rights under the GOALS programme.

  15. Pakistan reaffirms its commitment to Decent Work through the launch of Decent Work Country Programme for next five years

    04 May 2023

    The Government of Pakistan, employers’ and workers’ organizations launched the next generation of the Decent Work Country Programme for Pakistan during a historic signing ceremony held at the International Labour Organization’s Country Office in Islamabad.

  16. ILO supports the Government of Pakistan’s endeavour to launch of National Compliance Center

    18 April 2023

    The Government of Pakistan has launched a National Compliance Center with the aim to make businesses in Pakistan more competitive, responsible, and sustainable. ILO expressed support in ensuring labour and environmental obligations are met.

  17. Piloting national skills passport in Pakistan

    28 February 2023

    ILO’s project “Governance of Labour Migration in South and Southeast Asia” (GOALS) funded by the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) provided technical and financial support to the Employers Federation of Pakistan (EFP) to convene launch ceremony of piloting National Skills Passport in Pakistan.