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. Launch of the International labour migration statistics database for ASEAN

    18 December 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

    The ILMS Database is the first of its kind in the region. It provides a coherent and powerful research tool for policymakers and others to profile and monitor the international migrant labour force within the region.

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    Global Migration Group releases new book on youth and migration

    17 December 2014,

    Migration and Youth: Challenges and Opportunities offers unprecedented overview of how youth are affected by migration and agenda to achieve triple win.

  3. Buyers Forum Established

    16 December 2014, Islamabad

    The two days buyers meeting organised by the joint collaboration of the Government of Netherlands, International Finance Corporation and the International Labour Organisation to Promote Decent Work for the Sustainability of Textile and Garment Sector in Pakistan concluded with the establishment of a Buyers Forum for Pakistan. With an initial membership of 17 brands, this forum is expected to be extended to other major international brands. This initiative will support enhancing access to global markets and increased market share. Furthermore it aimed at promoting advocacy on the nexus between trade and employment and in particular compliance to ILS leading to the realisation of the full benefits of GSP Plus status

  4. Promoting Decent Work for a Sustainable Textile and Garment Industry in Pakistan

    16 December 2014, Islamabad

    The ILO, the Government of the Netherlands and the International Finance Corporation, in collaboration with the Government of Pakistan, are working together to support international standards and practices in Pakistan’s textile and garment sector, by organizing the first Buyers’ Meeting in Islamabad.

  5. Tackling Poverty through Decent Work: Launch of the First Decent Work Country Profile for Pakistan

    15 December 2014, Islamabad

    On 15th December 2014, the Ministry of Overseas Pakistani’s and Human Resource Development (OP-HRD) in collaboration with the Employers Federation of Pakistan (EFP) and Pakistan Workers Federation (PWFF) and the ILO launched the country’s first Decent Work Country Profile which provides a comprehensive analysis on the status of decent work and gaps to be addressed . The profile covers the data period 2002-2013.

  6. Trade unions to promote decent work for domestic workers and elimination of child domestic labor

    15 December 2014, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

    Key trade unions representatives from 11 countries will gather at the Regional Trade Union Workshop in Yogyakarta, to discuss innovative ways to reduce child domestic labor through the promotion of decent work for domestic workers.

  7. Decent work high on ILO Director-General’s agenda in Timor-Leste

    15 December 2014, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Guy Ryder to address major decent work issues in meetings with employers, workers and government during a 3-day visit

  8. ILO Director-General to visit Decent Work project and meet villagers in Kupang, Indonesia

    13 December 2014, Jakarta, Indonesia

    During his one-day visit, Guy Ryder will talk to rural villagers about their livelihoods and discuss labour issues with local government, employers, and workers representatives in NTT Province.

  9. Seoul Declaration bolsters commitment to expanding social protection and social dialogue

    12 December 2014,

    Key actors from around the globe pledge to promote social protection floors through social dialogue.

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    ILO initial estimates reveal 800,000 workers affected by Hagupit; stands ready to assist through emergency employment

    10 December 2014, Manila, Philippines

    The ILO estimates 800,000 workers have been affected by Typhoon Hagupit, locally known as Ruby, with their source of livelihood damaged or disrupted overnight. In response, the ILO stands ready to allocate US$1.5 million and to support the government through emergency employment and sustainable livelihood.

  11. Decent work high on ILO Director-General’s agenda in Indonesia

    10 December 2014, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Guy Ryder to address major job issues in meetings with employer, worker and government stakeholders during a 3-day visit

  12. Media Advisory - The ILO Director General to Meet with Vice Prime Minister and Key Labour Actors in Timor-Leste

    09 December 2014, Dili, Timor-Leste

    The Director General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Mr Guy Ryder, will visit Timor-Leste from 14 to 16 December 2014. This visit marks the first time that a Director General of the ILO will visit the country.

  13. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina officially opens Center of Excellence for Bangladesh Apparel Industries

    07 December 2014, Dhaka, Bangladesh

    DHAKA – H.E. Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh officially opened the Centre of Excellence for the Bangladesh Apparel Industries (CEBAI) during a ceremony held at the Dhaka Apparel Summit at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre, Dhaka today.

  14. Innovative Career Guidance to connect the dots for better jobs for young people

    06 December 2014,

    An Innovative Career Guidance Package tailor-made for Viet Nam has been introduced in a hope to help young people make the right choices for their own future.

  15. Asia-Pacific wage growth dynamic but uneven, new ILO report says

    05 December 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

    The Asia and Pacific Supplement looks at the region in more detail. It includes special sections on Asia’s garment sector, China’s private enterprises, Thailand’s manufacturing sector, India’s rural workers and the Pacific Island countries.

  16. ILO welcomes 'landmark' SAARC labour migration commitments

    29 November 2014, Bangkok

    The ILO welcomes Kathmandu Declaration committing to improve labour migration processes.

  17. Dissemination Event on Occupational Safety and Health

    28 November 2014, Karachi

    A dissemination event was held to share knowledge and experience on the initial roll out of the Joint Action Plan on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) and to gather feedback from key stakeholders on measures to effectively implement the action plan.

  18. Linking Livelihoods to Markets

    27 November 2014, Lahore

    As a key player in providing decent jobs through skills training and human resource development, the ILO shared its stance on need for ‘demand driven’ training during a national conference on “Sustainability Exchange” organised by the Engro Foundation with the support of TVET Reform Support Programme.

  19. ILO calls for improved ILS compliance in the Garment and Textile Sector

    27 November 2014, Lahore

    The first Textile Summit brought together stakeholders with the objective to promote the national textile industry, deliberate on best labour practices and address issues affecting this sector crisis.

  20. Labour Inspectors trained on follow up to BUET inspections in RMG sector

    27 November 2014, Dhaka, Bangladesh

    ILO stresses need for more systematic follow up to BUET RMG factory inspections The need for systematic and comprehensive follow up of fire and structural inspections of ready-made garment (RMG) factories by the Department of Inspections of Factories and Establishments (DIFE) was stressed by ILO at a recent workshop.

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