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. OSH training for 800,000 RMG workers

    09 October 2016, Dhaka, Bangladesh

    800,000 ready-made garment workers across Bangladesh are set to benefit from an occupational safety and health training programme launched today in Dhaka

  2. Progress and potential: Improved working conditions in the apparel industry make workers’ lives better and businesses stronger

    06 October 2016, Jakarta, Indonesia

    An independent review of the Better Work programme shows significant gains in quality of life for workers in factories they advise, as well as enhanced productivity and profitability for those businesses involved.

  3. Launch of skills training initiative for domestic workers: Improving domestic workers’ job quality and standards

    30 September 2016, Malang, Indonesia

    Domestic work is an important occupation in many economies worldwide but it remains unrecognised as “work’’ and virtually invisible form of employment in many countries. It is also generally seen as unskilled work, a natural extension of women’s work in their own homes.

  4. Three-day teachers’ training on Safe Migration for Decent Work in the GCC countries

    23 September 2016, Lahore, Pakistan

    The ILO in partnership with the NAVTTC has developed an educational course on safe migration to improve migrants employment prospects in the GCC countries . 17 representatives from private and public TVET institutions and authorities from all over the Pakistan attended the three days training on Safe Migration for Decent Work in the GCC Countries.

  5. Launch of Pakistan’s Decent Work Country Program (DWCP, 2016-2020) and signing on project on International Labour and Environment Standards (ILES) funded by EU

    22 September 2016, Islamabad, Pakistan

    On the occasion of the launch of Pakistan’s Decent Work Country Program (DWCP, 2016-2020) and signing of project on International Labour and Environment Standards (ILES) funded by EU

  6. Statement - Conviction of labour rights activist Andy Hall in Thailand

    21 September 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

    by Maurizio Bussi, ILO Country Director for Thailand, Cambodia and Lao PDR

  7. Promoting safe migration from Pakistan: Pakistan’s second Migrant Resource Centre inaugurated in Lahore

    20 September 2016, Lahore, Pakistan

    The momentous occasion of the official opening of the Pakistan’s second Migrant Resource Centre (MRC), was held on the 20 September, 2016 in the presence of the representatives from government departments, civil society, INGOs, NGOs and media. Department of Labour and Human Resource Punjab has established this centre in collaboration with the ILO, EU and ICMPD.

  8. © See-ming Lee 2016

    2016 Global Media Competition on “Breaking Stereotypes on Labour Migration”

    14 September 2016, Global

    ILO launches a global media competition to recognize exemplary media coverage on labour migration.

  9. Examining current labour and employment conditions of Indonesia

    14 September 2016, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Indonesia is now considered as a middle-income country. Therefore, the country has reached a stage in its economic and social development where labour market institutions need to play a more central role in fostering a fair distribution of income through productive and decent work.

  10. New alliance against forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour

    14 September 2016, BANGKOK

    The ILO facilitated a regional consultation to achieve the targets of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8.7.

  11. © ASIF HASSAN / AFP 2016

    Compensation arrangement agreed for victims of the Ali Enterprise factory fire in Pakistan

    10 September 2016,

    An ILO enabled agreement has been reached on compensation for victims of the 2012 Ali Enterprises garment factory in Baldia, Karachi.

  12. © Gao feng / Imaginechina 2016

    ILO Director-General: China charts the future of work

    06 September 2016, Beijing, China

    China is “shaping its own future”, Guy Ryder tells delegates to the first national dialogue on the future of work, but profound challenges lie ahead for the country, and for the planet.

  13. ILO-China strategic partnership consolidated with MOU renewal

    06 September 2016,

    On the eve of ILO’s centenary and the 40th anniversary of China’s Reform and Opening-up Initiative, the ILO and the MOHRSS are re-defining their cooperation as a strategic partnership on the basis of important achievements made particularly in the last 15 years.

  14. © Marc Veraart 2016

    ILO: Universal social protection already a reality in many developing countries

    06 September 2016, Beijing, China

    At a high level conference on universal social protection ILO Director-General Guy Ryder has told delegates that: “In 2016, a lack of social protection is completely unacceptable. This has to change, and this can change.”

  15. ILO and Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) discuss steps for creating an enabling business environment

    05 September 2016, Kathmandu, Nepal

    The meeting focused on the policy environment and practical issues related to business development, employment creation, industrial relation and promoting social dialogue.

  16. 315 inspectors receive electrical safety training to help reduce fire risk in RMG sector

    03 September 2016, Dhaka, Bangladesh

    A training programme will build the electrical safety skills of inspectors to reduce the risk of fires in the RMG sector

  17. A model for reconciliation through local economic empowerment and sustainable employment generation

    30 August 2016,

    The Ministry of Labour & Trade Union Relations in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) hosted a National Forum on lessons learnt from the ILO implemented Local Empowerment for Economic Development(LEED) project funded by the Government of Australia on 30th August 2016 in Colombo.

  18. New labour force survey gives detailed picture of Myanmar labour market

    29 August 2016,

    The Republic of the Union of Myanmar has published the first comprehensive survey of the labour force.

  19. ILO and Ministry of Labour and Employment, Department of Labour (MoLE/DoL), collaborate to strengthen functioning of employment services in Nepal

    29 August 2016, Kathmandu, Nepal

    The ILO and Ministry of Labour and Employment, Department of Labour, Nepal are jointly organizing the capacity development training on counselling and employer services to enhance knowledge on labour market information and employment services and strengthen capacity on counselling and employers services.

  20. Indonesia to strengthen its social dialogue on Decent Work for Sustainable Development

    25 August 2016, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Key Indonesian labour actors representing government agencies, employer as well as worker representatives will gather for two days at the High-Level Tripartite Dialogue in Jakarta from 24-25 August 2016, to further discuss employment policies, industrial relations matters and social protection issues.

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