Press releases

This is a list of official ILO press releases issued by the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. Some are available in multiple languages, indicated on the top of each release. The most recent release is at the top.


  1. Tri-partite consultation workshop on improving the compliance and reporting of core labour standards

    15 February 2017, Karachi, Pakistan

    The ILO in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development and with the financial assistance of the European Union organized a tri-partite plus workshop for the Provincial Tripartite Consultative Committees of Baluchistan and Sindh provinces. The workshop fostered greater understanding of core international labour standards and has helped in evolving a national action plan to strengthen the compliance and reporting of these standards.

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    New report highlights opportunities and challenges of expanding telework

    15 February 2017,

    New ILO-Eurofound report shows that the use of modern communication technologies facilitates a better overall work-life balance but, at the same time, also blurs the boundaries between work and personal life.

  3. ILO launches a new initiative to eradicate forced labour

    13 February 2017, Kathmandu, Nepal

    The ILO Office in Nepal organized the official launch of the “The Bridge Project - From Protocol to Practice: A Bridge to Global Action on Forced Labour” in Lalitpur, Nepal. The project will support the Government of Nepal’s efforts in the fight against forced labour.

  4. Fair Trade Certification for Red Lady Papaya: Vavuniya North Fruit Growers Cooperative achieves another landmark.

    13 February 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka

    Vavuniya North Fruit Growers Cooperative Union has achieved a major milestone by becoming the First Cooperative in Sri Lanka and probably the first organization in South Asia to be Fair Trade Certified for Red Lady papaya. The certification process was carried out by the Global Certifying Body for Fair Trade- FLOCERT.

  5. Organizations join forces to tackle invisibility of South Asia’s brick kilns

    26 January 2017, Kathmandu, Nepal

    Brick by Brick report highlights working conditions and practices affecting millions of people and hundreds of thousands of animals in the industry every day.

  6. Provincial labour legislation reviewed and actions discussed

    23 January 2017, Islamabad, Pakistan

    ILO supported the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and HRD in organizing a two-day National Tripartite Consultation on ‘Labour Legislation in Post-Devolution Scenario’ on 17-18 January 2017 in Islamabad. It was the first opportunity for all Federal and Provincial Tripartite Consultative Committee members to jointly review progress on Labour Legislation and discuss actions for each Province/State/Region. Consultation was part of the ILO’s new project ‘Promoting International Labour & Environmental Standards in Pakistani SMEs (ILES)’ – funded by EU.

  7. Mr Markus Ruck, Officer-in-Charge of CO-Colombo

    16 January 2017,

    Regional Director has appointed Mr Markus Ruck as Officer-in- Charge of CO-Colombo from Monday, 16 January 2017, to Tuesday, 28 February 2017

  8. Philippines bolsters fight against child labour

    12 January 2017, Manila, Philippines

    The Philippines ushers in the New Year with programmes to intensify its fight against child labour. These initiatives include a first comprehensive project on child labour with set up of helpdesks, a new project on child labour in gold mining, and a new child labour module in the conditional cash transfer programme.


  1. A Task Force on promoting sustainable and responsible business in the Sialkot sports goods manufacturing sector is established

    30 December 2016, Sialkot, Pakistan

    A Task Force on promoting sustainable and responsible business in the Sialkot sports goods manufacturing sector under ILO’s Project “More and better jobs through socially responsible labour practices in Asia”, funded by the Government of Japan is established.

  2. Enhancing the role of Pakistani diaspora in national development discussed in a seminar

    23 December 2016, Islamabad, Pakistan

    “In commemoration of the ‘International Migrants Day’, ILO provided technical support to the Government of Pakistan, Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF) – a subsidiary of the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (OP&HRD) for organizing a seminar on ‘Enhancing Role of Overseas Pakistanis in Nation Building’.

  3. Indonesia Business and Disability Network (IBDN) encourages corporations to promote diversity and inclusivity in the workplace

    16 December 2016, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Coinciding with the month of Disability Awareness this December, five companies have agreed to sign a commitment and establish the Indonesia Business & Disability Network (IBDN) that aims at promoting diversity and inclusivity in the workplace.

  4. ILO Director-General calls on Nepal to promote domestic employment, fair migration and social dialogue

    14 December 2016, Kathmandu, Nepal

    "Labour policies should recognize the needs of all groups to access skills and decent work opportunities," said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  5. ILO’s Asia-Pacific labour conference calls for more efforts to achieve equitable economic growth with decent work

    13 December 2016, BANGKOK

    The meeting discussed issues affecting employment and the world of work in the Asia, Pacific and Arab States.

  6. Overworked and undervalued: New ILO studies find discrimination against women migrant workers in construction and domestic work in Thailand

    13 December 2016,

  7. ILO Director-General to visit Nepal

    12 December 2016, Kathmandu, Nepal

    Director-General of the International Labour Organization, Mr Guy Ryder visiting Nepal from 13 to 15 December 2016 to mark 50 years of development partnership.

  8. Indonesian Vice President opens ILO’s 16th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting

    06 December 2016, Bali, Indonesia

    Indonesia’s Vice President Mohammad Jusuf Kalla and International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General Guy Ryder opened the ILO’s 16th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting (APRM) in Bali, with a call for a greater emphasis on social justice in development.

  9. ILO to launch reports on experiences of women migrant workers in Thailand and Malaysia

    06 December 2016,

    Ahead of International Migrants Day (18 December), the ILO will hold a launch event for two new reports.

  10. Asia, Pacific and Arab states Ministers meet to discuss job creation, equality and social justice

    02 December 2016,

    Policy makers, academics and civil society groups from throughout Asia, the Pacific and the Arab states will meet at the ILO 16th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting to discuss strategies for creating jobs and promoting equity and decent work.

  11. The ILO together with EFC- supported flood relief scheme reflects credible sustainability

    01 December 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka

    The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) in a bid to reconstruct the heavily damaged homes of the employees of their member corporates in the heavy floods which hit the Western Province early this year collaborated with the International Labour Organization (ILO).

  12. First meeting of the Project Advisory Committee of Strengthening Labour Inspection System for Promoting Labour Standards and ensuring Workplace Compliance in Pakistan (SLISP) Project

    01 December 2016, Islamabad, Pakistan

    1st meeting of the Project Advisory Committee (PAC) was convened at the Ministry of OPHRD on 23rd November 2016.

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