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. EU and UN Partner to Support Kiribati, Tuvalu and Nauru on Labour Migration Research

    27 May 2015, Suva, Fiji

    Representatives from Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu are gaining the skills needed to tap into decent foreign employment opportunities at a workshop on Foreign Employment Research and Promotion which opened in Suva today. The three-day workshop is funded by the European Union through the Pacific Climate Change and Migration (PCCM) project.

  2. ILO stresses need for Bangladesh Labour Act implementation rules to reflect international standards

    24 May 2015, Dhaka, Bangladesh

    DHAKA - The International Labour Organization (ILO) has stressed the importance of ensuring that the proposed implementation rules for the Bangladesh Labour Act comply with international labour standards

  3. ILO’s statement on the death of Cambodian workers in a road accident

    20 May 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

    The ILO extends its deepest sympathy to the families and dependants of workers killed and injured.

  4. Minimum wages needed to overcome poverty, Unions say

    19 May 2015,

    30 unionists from 15 countries in Asia and the Pacific participated in a regional seminar on Wages and Productivity, organized by the ILO’ Bureau for Workers Activities (ACTRAV) under the ACTRAV-All China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) South-South cooperation.

  5. New report on future of social protection in Mongolia launched

    15 May 2015, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

    The report, “Social protection assessment based national dialogue: Definition and cost of Social protection floor in Mongolia”, was launched by the United Nations in Mongolia, the International Labour Organization ILO), the Ministry of Population Development and Social Protection (MPDSP) and the Ministry of Labour (MOL), at a meeting attended by more than 130 participants.

  6. ILO to publish the world employment and social outlook 2015

    13 May 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

    The ILO is to launch its new annual flagship report “World Employment and Social Outlook 2015".

  7. The Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development and the ILO launches the first ever Migrant Resource Centre in Lahore

    06 May 2015, Islamabad

    The ILO in Pakistan, through its EU funded South Asia Labour Migration Governance Project, has entered into a partnership with the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development to establish the first Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) in Pakistan. The MRC will be based in the Protectorate of Emigrates offices in Lahore, a space that is visited by hundreds of Pakistani migrant workers on a daily basis. The MRC will provide a range of services including information on safe migration and foreign employment options, as well as other support services that will facilitate their migration process.

  8. Government initiates dialogue on the ratification of convention 155- Occupational safety and health and the working environment

    06 May 2015, Islamabad

    In Pakistan, Safe Day celebrations on 28th April 2015 were characterised by a series of events across the country including the 10th OSH awards organised by the Employers Federation of Pakistan (EFP) in collaboration with the Pakistan Workers Federation (PWF), the Provincial and Federal Labour departments and the International Labour Organization (ILO). The event brought together over 170 participants and during the event, the Federal Government announced its intention to initiate social dialogue on the ratification of Convention 155 concerning Occupational Safety and Health and the Working Environment.

  9. Realizing a fair migration between Asia and the Arab States

    05 May 2015, Bali, Indonesia

    The largest migrant flows from South Asia and part of South-East Asia are to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states, who currently rely on foreign labour to fill in almost 90 per cent of private sector jobs, often in construction, service and domestic work. In total there are over 22 million migrant workers in the GCC countries. These numbers may likely rise due in part to massive infrastructure projects, such as those associated with the Qatar World Cup 2022 and the UAE World Expo 2020.

  10. World Day for Safety and Health - 28th April

    28 April 2015, Colombo, Sri Lanka

    “Join us in Building a Culture of Prevention on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH)” – World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2015”

  11. Providing better working and living conditions for migrant fishers in the ASEAN region

    27 April 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia

    The issue of work in fishing is important for countries in Asia, including Southeast Asia. Over 87 per cent of the world’s fishers and 73 per cent of the global fleet of fishing vessels come from Asia (FAO, 2012). Cambodian and Myanmar migrant workers, for example, work on Thai vessels fishing in Malaysian and Indonesian waters; while beyond the ASEAN region, Vietnamese, Indonesian and Filipino fishermen also work on Korean and Taiwanese vessels.

  12. Rana Plaza commemoration highlights progress made and challenges ahead in Bangladesh ready-made garment sector

    23 April 2015, Dhaka, Bangladesh

    Speakers at a commemoration event to mark the second Rana Plaza anniversary recognised the progress made towards creating a safer ready-made garment (RMG) sector for Bangladesh while stressing the need for further improvements to working conditions and worker rights in the industry.

  13. Stora Enso and ILO sign unique partnership to promote decent work and combat child labour

    22 April 2015,

  14. ILO calls for greater social dialogue in Bangladesh RMG sector

    21 April 2015, Dhaka, Bangladesh

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) has called for greater social dialogue among representatives of government, employers and workers within the Bangladesh ready-made garment sector, highlighting the gains this would bring.

  15. Strong communications can boost activities in Asia-Pacific, unions say

    20 April 2015, Bangkok

  16. ILO Social Partners sharing knowledge on Child Labour in the Pacific

    16 April 2015,

    The ILO Office for Pacific Island Countries successfully concluded a four day forum in Nadi on 16th of April, 2015 with commitments made by tripartite stakeholders to collaborate and work on the child labour issues in their respective countries.

  17. Provincial assembly Khyber Pakhtunkhwa unanimously passes Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act 2015

    13 April 2015, Islamabad

    Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act 2015 was passed unanimously by the provincial assembly on 6th of April 2015. This new Act has 28 articles which provide for the prohibition of the slavery and debt bondage and regulates matters leading to debt bondage of workers. Once assented to by the Governor KP, the Act will be applicable throughout the province of KP.

  18. “No One Should Work This Way” – FCC exhibition of Steve McCurry photos to highlight domestic worker abuse

    09 April 2015, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Photos of abused domestic workers, taken by the renowned photographer Steve McCurry, will be exhibited at the Foreign Correspondents Club (FCC) of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, during the month of May.

  19. Lao Garment Project: Project Launched in Lao PDR

    31 March 2015,

    A new project to improve working conditions and competitiveness in the Lao garment sector was officially launched today.

  20. Lao PDR could overcome least developed country status with AEC says new report

    27 March 2015, Vientiane, Lao PDR

    The ILO will host a meeting in Vientiane, Lao PDR on 25 March 2015 on ASEAN Community 2015: Managing Integration for Better Jobs and Shared Prosperity - National Policy Dialogue

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