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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    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.

  2. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Way forward on Baldia arrangement funds

    08 February 2023

    The ILO secures the payment of the pensions of the victims of the Ali Fire for the duration of the contingencies, with indexation

  13. ILO Country Director meets with Minister of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development to reaffirm support to social justice for all

    10 January 2023

    In an introductory meeting with the Minister of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (OPHRD), Country Director of ILO, Mr Geir T. Tonstol reaffirmed ILO’s continuous support and assistance to the Ministry and ILO’s constituents in Pakistan.

  14. Rapid assessment of child labour in auto mechanic workshops

    04 January 2023

    Stakeholders’ Validation Workshop: Pakistan discussed new findings from a rapid assessment on child labour in auto mechanic repair.

  15. Pakistan considers ratifying ILO Convention on safety and health in mines

    02 January 2023

    Pakistan priorities to ratify the ILO Convention on Safety and Health in Mines during the discussion in provincial validation workshop held in Karachi.


  1. 17th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting concludes with launch of ‘Singapore Statement’

    09 December 2022

    Statement identifies priorities to tackle wide range of existing and new employment challenges facing Asia, the Pacific and Arab States.

  2. ILO’s 17th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting opens with call for greater efforts to ensure inclusive growth

    06 December 2022

    Government, employer and worker representatives from Asia and the Pacific and the Arab States gather in Singapore to shape priorities for action to drive employment growth in both regions.

  3. 17th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting of the International Labour Organization to take place 6-9 December in Singapore

    29 November 2022

    High-level participation to include President of Singapore H.E. Halimah Yacob, new ILO Director-General Gilbert F. Houngbo and 15 ministers from Asia, the Pacific and Arab States.

  4. Jobs in Asia and the Pacific record modest recovery while future growth prospects remain challenging

    28 November 2022

    Region’s labour market yet to get back on pre-crisis track while clear need exists to drive decent work in sectors employing the majority of workers.

  5. Media opportunities at the 17th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting (APRM)

    25 November 2022

    Information on opportunities for media coverage at the 17th APRM