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.


  1. Continued strengthening of stakeholders on National Social Protection database

    30 April 2021

    Series of trainings conducted to support the National Centralized database on Social Protection

  2. Preventing children from pesticides – visual facilitator’s guide contextualized to Pakistan

    13 April 2021

    ILO and FAO’s co-produced tool “Protecting children from pesticides - Visual facilitator's guide” contextualized to Pakistan for simplified understanding and appropriate navigating the risks associated with pesticides.

  3. Capacity building of cotton communities on child labour, forced labour and occupational health and safety

    13 April 2021

    ILO organised series of 27 community level awareness raising seminars on child labour, forced labour, OSH including COVID-19 and protecting children from pesticides for the cotton picking workers of Southern Punjab under its project “Elimination of Child Labour and Forced Labour in the Cotton, Textile and Garment Value Chains: an Integrated Approach” Co-funded by the European Union.

  4. Community-level awareness raising seminars on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (FPRW) for cotton growing communities

    09 April 2021

    A three-part seminar on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (FPRW) was organized by the Sindh Agricultural & Forestry Workers Coordinating Organization (SAFWCO) in Sanghar, Sindh Province with the support of ILO's INDITEX funded project.

  5. Stakeholders reaffirm commitment to eradicate child labour in Pakistan

    01 April 2021

    The ILO Office for Pakistan convened national consultative workshop in Islamabad to present Asia Regional Child Labour (ARC) Project to stakeholders, solicit inputs for validating/amending the priority sectors for in-depth research and interventions and assessing stakeholders’ needs to address child labour in the priority sectors. The ARC project is a four year project funded by United Kingdom’s Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office.

  6. Employers call for effective governance of social security schemes through social dialogue

    31 March 2021

    Employers and social security agencies continue to discuss issues of governance, data transparency and data sharing, expanding coverage, simplification of registration and contribution as part of the series of awareness raising sessions in Sindh

  7. Stakeholders Dialogue on Convention 190 concerning Violence and Harassment in the World of Work

    31 March 2021

    The Pakistan Workers Federation (PWF) in collaboration with the All Pakistan Women Association (APWA) commemorated the International Women Day in Lahore. The theme of the IWD was ‘Stakeholders Dialogue on ILO C-190 Gender Based Violence at Workplace’.

  8. International Labour Standards Training for Pakistani Labour and Industrial Relations Court Judges

    01 March 2021

    “As dispute settlement managers, labour court judges should wear a human rights cap while adjudicating cases and make full use of the whole corpus of guarantees and rights articulated in the country’s constitution, national, international and case laws”- Honourable Justice Mansoor Ali Shah, Judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

  9. Tripartite plus sessions to promote social dialogue on socially responsible labour practices

    08 February 2021

    The Employers Federation of Pakistan (EFP) through the support of the ILO organized dialogues between employers and other stakeholders such as government, workers, members of civil society and international brands representing Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) to promote socially responsible labour practices. The dialogues gathered inputs to the taskforce established to promote a sustainable and continued elimination of child labour and forced labour in the supply chain of sports goods industry.

  10. Employers Federation of Pakistan appointed as the national focal point for promoting the ILO MNE Declaration in Pakistan

    27 January 2021

    Pakistan is the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to appoint a national focal point for the promotion of the MNE Declaration and the application of its principles.

  11. Highlighting continued efforts for elimination of child labour in the sports goods industry

    05 January 2021

    The Employers Federation of Pakistan in collaboration with the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry conducted seminars to showcase efforts for elimination of child labour in the sports goods industry. The stakeholders committed to continue the efforts of industry and jointly pledged to replicate the Sialkot experience to other sectors.


  1. Sports for all, decent work for all: Workers and employers committed towards realizing decent work

    16 November 2020

    The Employers Federation of Pakistan in collaboration with Pakistan Olympics Association, Pakistan Workers Federation, Sports Board Punjab and with the technical assistance of ILO conducted a series of awareness events “Sports for all, Decent work for all” in Lahore and Sialkot. The events sensitized the importance of sports activities as vehicles to achieve decent work with an emphasis on elimination of child labour.

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    Critical gaps in social protection hampering Asia-Pacific region’s resilience to COVID-19

    15 October 2020

    Despite their rapid socioeconomic ascent, most countries in the Asia-Pacific region have weak social protection systems riddled with gaps, says a new report.

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    Reviving production after COVID-19; sports goods industry in Sialkot took another milestone to train its workers on OSH, FPRW and Productivity

    06 October 2020

    The Employers Federation of Pakistan in collaboration with Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry and with the technical assistance of ILO under the Government of Japan funded Project on “More and Better Jobs through Socially Responsible Labour Practices in Pakistan” conducted trainings on occupational safety and health (OSH), Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (FPRW), productivity and the Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration) in the sports goods industry.

  4. Employers reaffirmed their commitment to eliminate child labour

    23 September 2020

    The Employers Federation of Pakistan collaborated with Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and industry to conduct seminars on the “World Day against Child Labour” with the support of ILO under the Japan Government funded Project on “More and Better Jobs through Socially Responsible Labour Practices in Pakistan.

  5. Reporting on forced labour and fair recruitment in Pakistan

    21 September 2020

    In collaboration with Centre for Excellence for Journalism (CEJ), the ILO through European Union funded project, Global Action to Improve the Recruitment Framework of Labour Migration (REFRAME) hosted advocacy sessions with 24 media influential including Editors, Bureau Chief and senior reporters and training for 47 journalists from media organizations across the country.

  6. Promotion of decent work opportunities in brick kiln sector of Pakistan

    17 September 2020

    Mr Julien Harneis, United Nations Resident Coordinator, Pakistan, visited the first brick kiln adopted zigzag technology in Pakistan. This technology is environment friendly, reduce emissions from brick kilns and cut pollution. While applauding Punjab government’s offer of interest-free loans, he appreciated the initiative taken by brick kiln owners.

  7. New ILO-ADB report addresses the impact of COVID-19 on youth employment in Asia and the Pacific

    18 August 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a massive disruption of economies and labour markets with disproportionate impacts on youth employment in Asia and the Pacific, says a new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and Asian Development Bank (ADB).

  8. Online workshop: Health assistance in an employment injury institution

    23 July 2020

    ILO launched a series of online workshops to disseminate its international experience and facilitate knowledge sharing on good governance of an Employment Injury Institution. The workshop is expected to enhance capacity of staff members of social security institution of Sindh, health professionals of Employees’ Social Security Institutions of Pakistan as well as the ILO tripartite constituents.

  9. Leaders from Asia-Pacific address ILO Virtual Global Summit on COVID-19 and the World of Work

    07 July 2020

    Government, Employers’ and Workers’ leaders from Asia Pacific are to address the largest ever online gathering of workers, employers and governments to discuss how to build back better in the post-pandemic recovery.