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. Promoting Effective Governance of Labour Migration from South Asia Project launching

    20 December 2013

    The new Project with the European Union (EU) will contribute to ensure effective protection of the rights of vulnerable migrant workers, enhance the development impact of labour migration and reduce unregulated migration.

  2. Sindh Parliamentarians visited ‘Home-Based Workers’ in Punjab: ILO organized exposure visit to a successful model in Sialkot

    10 December 2013

    Parliamentarians from Sindh expressed solidarity for the rights of ‘Home-Based Workers’ and have affirmed their commitment to come up with necessary Policies and Laws to recognize ‘Home-Based Workers’ as part of the national work force.

  3. ILO supported vulnerable groups thru education, employment & training in Pakistan

    10 December 2013

    ILO organized a national event to showcase its project "Empowering vulnerable groups through Employment, Education and Training" on 10 December 2013.

  4. Highlights of the Regional Director Mr Yoshiteru Uramoto’s first trip to ILO Country Office Islamabad

    25 November 2013

    The ILO Regional Director for Asia and Pacific, Mr Yoshiteru Uramoto, made his first visit to Pakistan from 12-13 November 2013. During his visit he met the constituents, ILO Office staff and other development partners to understand more about the social and economic context of the country, the implementation of the decent work agenda and explore possibilities of ILO support to the country.

  5. Joint Action Plan to Promote Workplace Safety and Health launched in Karachi

    04 October 2013

    In response to the Baldia Town Factory Fire in Karachi, Department of Labour, Government of Sindh, Employers Federation of Pakistan (EFP) and Pakistan Workers Federation (PWF) with the technical support of ILO, validated and officially launched a Joint Action Plan to promote workplace safety and health in Karachi.

  6. Joint Action Plan to Promote Workplace Safety and Health being launched in Sindh

    03 October 2013

    In response to the the Baldia Town Factory Fire in Karachi, Department of Labour, Government of Sindh, Employers Federation of Pakistan (EFP) and Pakistan Workers Federation (PWF) with the technical support of ILO, will validate and officially launch a Joint Action Plan to promote workplace safety and health on 4 October 2013 in Sindh

  7. Getting skills and jobs to Bangladesh's poorest

    01 October 2013

    People from rural Gazipur and remote North Bengal, Bangladesh’s poorest region, are now being employed in the readymade garments sector after completing a 3-month skills training programme. The project is a partnership between Far East Knitting & Dyeing Industries, IDLC Finance, the ILO TVET Reform Project, Gazipur Technical School and College, Care Bangladesh and Shiree.

  8. Pakistan learning lessons from Bangladesh in structuring informal apprenticeships

    27 September 2013

    A five-day visit of fourteen high-level officials from Pakistan’s public and private sector concluded today. The officials were here to learn about how the government and industry are working together to structure apprenticeships in Bangladesh’s informal sector, in trades such as motorcycle servicing, mobile phone servicing, tailoring and dressmaking.

  9. Inception workshop to launch the project “Livelihood restoration and protection and sustainable empowerment of vulnerable Hari communities in Sindh province”

    28 August 2013

    Officials of the Government of Sindh and UN and members of civil society participated in the inception workshop to mark the formal launching of this project. The project is funded by United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security with support from the Government of Japan and will be jointly implemented by the Government of Sindh, FAO, ILO and UNWOMEN.

  10. Launch of Research-based Visual Products on Combating Child Labour

    01 July 2013

    Everyday around 115 million children are exposed to hazardous work around the globe, including 15.5 million children who are engaged in domestic work outside their own homes according to the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO).

  11. Ten million children suffer in domestic work around the world: ILO global study

    12 June 2013

    On the World day against Child Labour promoting “No Child Labour in Domestic Work” new global data on child domestic works have been announced.

  12. Provinces finalize Action Plans against Child Labour & Bonded Labour and agree to improve reporting on ILO Conventions

    01 June 2013

    All provincial labour departments agreed on action plans to revise labour legislations regarding child and bonded labour and subsequent actions. Moreover, the Ministry of Human Resource Development and Provincial Labour Departments have also agreed in action plans to improve reporting on ILO Conventions.

  13. The Gender Unit, Department of Labour Punjab, wins prestigious UN Public Service Award

    14 May 2013

    The Gender Unit, Department of Labour, Punjab, established under the ILO, CIDA funded project, Promoting Gender Equality for Decent Employment (GE4DE), has, from amongst 2000 applicants, won a United Nations Public Service Award in recognition of its work on gender mainstreaming.

  14. Secretary-General's statement on the upcoming national elections in Pakistan

    09 May 2013

    Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the upcoming national elections in Pakistan

  15. Police Officers trained to address legal needs of bonded labourers

    24 April 2013

    The Sindh Police in collaboration with the International Labour Organization conducted a 3-day master trainer course on Strengthening Actions and Responses against Bonded Labour.

  16. ILO supported Sindh TEVTA in establishing 147 Institute Management Committees to strengthen ‘Industry-Institute Linkages’

    16 April 2013

    The Empowering Vulnerable Groups through Education, Employment and Training (EET project) has supported Sindh Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority in strengthening industry-institute linkages (IIL) and work place learning (WPL) for TEVT institutes. In this regard studies to look at the current IIL and WPL practices were undertaken. The national seminar was held to present the findings and recommendations of the studies and to bring to light enablers and barriers of workplace learning in the context to technical and vocational education; and promote importance of IIL and WPL in workforce skills development.

  17. Provinces review Labour Laws with ILO Conventions

    29 March 2013

    More amendments are needed to harmonize the provincial Labour Legislations in line with Pakistan’s ratified ILO conventions. This was agreed by the representatives from the four provincial departments of labour, Gilgit-Baltistan, Employers Federation of Pakistan (EFP) and Pakistan Workers Federation (PWF) who jointly reviewed the labour laws in a four days’ workshop, 26-29 March 2013, held in Islamabad.

  18. Joint statement: The United Nations strongly condemns attacks on minorities in Pakistan

    11 March 2013

    The United Nations firmly condemns the on-going violence in the country, particularly the recent tragic events in Quetta, Karachi and this past weekend in Lahore, targeting especially religious and ethnic minorities in Pakistan.

  19. Cultural Mela: Creative art work of Brick Kiln workers

    27 February 2013

    Brick kiln workers presented their life experiences through creative art in a Cultural Mela held in Lahore.

  20. First ever National Policy for Overseas Pakistanis

    20 February 2013

    The Government of Pakistan, Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis has drafted a first ever National Policy for Overseas Pakistanis with a focus on maximizing welfare and empowerment of Pakistani diaspora working in different countries across the globe.