News and press releases

This is a list of official ILO press releases issued by the ILO Country Office for South Pacific Island Countries. The most recent release is at the top.

April 2022

  1. ILO, UNICEF and the Fijian media join hands to strengthen reporting on child safety and protection

    29 April 2022

    The ILO, together with UNICEF, held a two-day training workshop for journalists in Fiji on reporting on child abuse, neglect, exploitation, and child labour to support in ensuring safety and well-being for all children in media reporting.

February 2022

  1. 2nd Dialogue between MSMEs and Government contributes to a major breakthrough

    07 February 2022

    The ILO continues to promote social dialogue between MSME’s and the Fijian Government, to collectively discuss challenges and develop solutions through policies that will enhance COVID-19 recovery, decent jobs and economic growth.

January 2022

  1. Supporting efforts in Fiji to return children back to school safely

    25 January 2022

    ILO in partnership with the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation, Fiji Trade Union Congress and Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations are working together to support continued coordinated efforts in Fiji to see that every child returns to school.

December 2021

  1. Creative-prenures benefit from Palau market

    20 December 2021

    The initiative was technically supported and funded by the United Nations joint Informal Economies Recovery Project with the support of the Palau Chamber of Commerce.

  2. Summary report published reviewing the Seasonal Worker Programme and Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme through the lens of international human rights and labour standards

    17 December 2021

  3. Fijian informal sector business owners and workers access social security

    16 December 2021

    The Informal Economies Recovery Project partnered with fellow UN projects - Markets for Change and REACH, to coordinate an outreach to the Rakiraki municipal market and Conua in the province of Nadroga in Fiji.

  4. Fiji’s western artists prepare for potential disruptions from cyclones

    10 December 2021

    ILO and UNDP are currently working with business development providers such as MSME Fiji, the Itaukei Affairs Trust Board, Green House Co-Working, Vou Fiji and the Fiji Enterprise Engine to roll out BCP training to a large cohort of MSME’s. Through the UN Informal Economies Recovery Project, similar initiatives are being implemented in Palau, Tonga and Vanuatu.

November 2021

  1. ILO supports micro, small and medium enterprises leverage reopening of borders in Fiji

    29 November 2021

    With Fiji’s international borders opening up to tourists this week and hundreds of businesses around the country having safely resumed operations, there has been a high demand for Business Development Services by Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMSEs)

  2. Digital employment marketplace a game changer for Vanuatu

    20 November 2021

    The initiative was technically supported and funded by the United Nations joint Informal Economies Recovery Project, based on a proposal received from the Vanuatu Tripartite Labour Advisory Council.

  3. Creative associations in Fiji establish formal partnership with National Private Sector Organization and starts mentoring programme

    09 November 2021

    The initiative was technically supported and funded by the United Nations joint Informal Economies Recovery Project.

September 2021

  1. Solomon Islands committed to developing a gender-responsive National Employment Policy

    16 September 2021

    The ILO in partnership with the Government of Solomon Islands has completed a virtual seminar in Solomon Islands to support the design and formulation of the national employment policy (NEP) for inclusive structural transformation and environmental sustainability which took place from the 14 – 16 September 2021.

  2. Solomon Islands National Employment Policy Seminar 2021

    14 September 2021

    ILO in partnership with Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Labour and Immigration are running a three-day workshop in Solomon Islands to support the design and formulation of the national employment policy (NEP) for inclusive structural transformation and environmental sustainability.

  3. Working together to end Child Labour in Fiji

    12 September 2021

    To strengthen efforts to combat child labour in Fiji, ILO supported a series of training and awareness seminars online. The sessions where conducted in partnership with the Fijian Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations. The interactive sessions saw active participation and contributions from Government ministries, employer’s organizations, worker organizations, CSO’s and faith-based organizations.

August 2021

  1. 120 informal sector entrepreneurs in south Santo (Vanuatu) access business and technical training

    31 August 2021

    Since 2020, the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) economic empowerment work in Vanuatu has been amplified by the UN Informal Economies Recovery Project. With the support from the project, the Vanuatu team has been able to extend its reach and to fund seeds and agricultural tools distribution.

  2. United Nations supports public-private partnership to promote Covid-19 safe business operations

    13 August 2021

    In a bid to minimize financial stressors on Fijian micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), the United Nations [UN] is partnering with the Fijian Government, the Fiji Commerce & Employers Federation (FCEF), Fijian Competition & Consumer Commission (FCCC) and the Suva Retailers Association (SRA) to design, print and deliver tailored COVID-Safe signage packs to MSME’s, including those in the informal sector.

July 2021

  1. Tonga’s first ever tapa trade show to commence in August

    22 July 2021

    The newly-formed Tonga National Tapa-making Workers' Association [TNTWA] plans to inaugurate the association with the country’s first-ever Tapa Trade Show. Organized in partnership with the Tonga Public Service Association, TNTWA was formed through the support of the UN’s Informal Economies Recovery Project. The trade show is expected to be the first of an annual quarterly calendar, aimed at boosting members’ income flow.

  2. 19 local business trainers in Fiji introduced to ILO’s Community Based Enterprise Development (C-BED) tools

    22 July 2021

    In an effort to strengthen Business Development Services (BDS) in Fiji, the ILO organised and delivered a Training of Facilitators (ToF) on 1st June 2021.

  3. Informal sector workers in Vanuatu to have a voice

    22 July 2021

    An initiative led by the Vanuatu Association of Public Employees Trade Union (VAPSE) and the Vanuatu National Workers Union (VNWU), aims to formalise existing informal sector associations, particularly those in the creative and agriculture sectors, on Santo and the Northern Provinces of Vanuatu.

  4. One voice: supporting Fijian visual artists influence national covid-19 recovery

    20 July 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed and magnified the creative industries’ pre-existing volatility. Due to the complex nature of their work, artists and cultural professionals are particularly affected and lockdown measures around the world directly impact the entire creative value chain – creation, production, distribution and access.

  5. Leave no one behind! Making covid-safe business recovery protocol inclusive

    19 July 2021

    ILO and UNDP facilitated a consultation between government partners across the Fijian Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport [MCTTT] and the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation [FCEF], with Micro and Small Business Enterprises [MSME’s] representatives – to allow MSME’s to provide feedback on and influence COVID-safe business operation protocols before they were enacted into law.