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. 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

  2. ILO welcomes Fiji tripartite agreement on labour relations

    25 March 2015,

  3. Baluchistan province reaches consensus on labor legislation and labor policy

    24 March 2015, Karachi

    The Government of Baluchistan re-affirmed its commitment towards full compliance to International Labour Standards ratified by Pakistan during a 3 day tripartite consultation on provincial labour legislation and labour policy held at Karachi from 18-20th of March 2015. The consultation was hosted by Department of Labour, Government of Baluchistan in collaboration with ILO Country Office for Pakistan and was attended by a wide range of stakeholders including Workers and Employers Representatives from Baluchistan.

  4. Ensuring quality of Asia-Pacific skills development systems to be discussed

    17 March 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

    A 3-day workshop on quality assurance for work-related skills is being held for the ILO's member States in Bangkok, Thailand.

  5. Media Persons Awarded for Excellence in Labour Journalism

    16 March 2015, Islamabad

    Four journalists from print and electronic media from across Pakistan won awards for excellence in reporting on issues relating to labour and gender at the Journalism Awards organized by the ILO on March 16, 2015. The awards for excellence in gender responsive labour journalism recognizes professional reporting of outstanding merit that contributes to the public understanding of labour, employment and gender issues in the world of work.

  6. Help line launched for Bangladesh worker safety and rights

    15 March 2015, Dhaka, Bangladesh

    A telephone Help line for workers to make and resolve grievances relating to workplace safety or workers’ rights has been launched in Bangladesh.

  7. Labour inspectors trained on foundation skills in Samoa

    11 March 2015,

    Labour inspectors from the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour (MCIL) have taken part in a training organized in partnership with the International Labour Organization. MCIL continues to prioritize this improvement of its labour inspection functions as part of Samoa’s Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) 2013 -2016.

  8. Urgent action needed to strengthen Mongolia's small businesses

    11 March 2015,

    Mongolia’s economy is one of the fastest-growing in the world, but the continued expansion of the informal sector remains a significant barrier to the country’s future economic success, according to a new report launched today in Ulaanbaatar.

  9. DSWD, ILO partner for sustainable livelihood

    09 March 2015, Manila, Philippines

    The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) today strengthened its partnership and signed a grant agreement to support sustainable livelihood and community enterprise development in regions affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

  10. © Munir Uz Zaman / AFP 2015

    Improving working conditions in the ready made garment industry: Progress and achievements

    09 March 2015,

  11. Two days training for trade unions: Decent Work for migrant workers

    04 March 2015, Lahore

    A total of 30 participants from major Trade Unions in Pakistan representing all four provinces gathered for a two days training under the theme “Decent Work for Migrant Workers” from 3-4 March 2015, with the objective to enhance the capacity of trade unionist to participate in the shaping of migration policies, promote sound labour migration practices, reach out to migrant workers and ensure that the benefits of migration are maximized. This training was facilitated under the ILO-EU funded South Asia Labour Migration Governance Project in collaboration with the Pakistan Workers Federation (PWF).

  12. International buyers formalise their cooperation for a more responsible and competitive textile industry

    27 February 2015, Karachi

    A total of 14 buyers met to prioritize key objectives for the buyers forum for textiles in Pakistan at the side lines of the trade Expo in Karachi. The forum was established on 16 Dec 2014. The objectives of the forum are to exchange best practices and knowledge management, public private partnership and establishing working committees for identified key environmental and social issues relating to compliance in textile sector.

  13. Kiribati Develops a draft action plan to eliminate the worst forms of Child Labour

    26 February 2015, Tarawa, Kiribati

    This technical support by the ILO is part of the ILO’s Pacific sub-regional project on child labour and trafficking that is built on experiences of the TACKLE (Tackling child labour through education) project funded by the European Union.

  14. New ILO Study on Child Labour in South Asia

    25 February 2015, New Delhi, India

    The ILO’s first South Asia report estimates almost 17 million children between five and 17 years are engaged in child labour in South Asia, with one in five of these being aged 11 or under.

  15. 110 newly recruited labour inspectors receive introductory training

    24 February 2015, Dhaka, Bangladesh

    A total of 110 newly recruited labour inspectors are learning the skills necessary to help enhance working conditions and worker safety in Bangladesh.

  16. Indonesia to adopt policy recommendations on decent work and sustainable development

    24 February 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Government, employer and worker representatives, academics and other relevant stakeholders from Indonesia reviewed lessons learned and adopt policy recommendations on decent work and sustainable development.

  17. Social justice essential for Decent Work for women

    21 February 2015, Lahore

    Women and men from trade unions show how they have made a difference to promote social justice and gender equality at work, all the way from equal wages to new trade unions.

  18. Balancing work and home through child care centres

    20 February 2015, Lahore

    Parliamentarians, workers, employers and civil society representatives commited to promoting the provision of child care for working parents from low-income groups. A group of influential stakeholders met on Friday in Lahore to understand the issues of child care, discuss different models of low-cost child care and agree on a way forward to promote similar models in Pakistan.

  19. Media Advisory: Indonesia prepares for global meeting on employment and decent work

    18 February 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) will host a country-level meeting for Indonesia in Jakarta from 24-25 February in preparation for the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) 2015 Integration Segment in New York at the end of March, around the theme of "Achieving Sustainable Development through Employment Creation and Decent Work for All".

  20. ILO and Pakistan Textile Exporters Association sign a unique Partnership Agreement Promoting Decent Work in Garment and Textile Industry in Faisalabad

    17 February 2015, Islamabad

    The ILO and the Pakistani Textile Exporters Association (PTEA) have forged a Public Private Partnership encompassing a comprehensive framework on improving productivity through training and compliance with International Labour Standards including occupational safety and health, wages, contracts of employment, discrimination and other forms of mal labour practices as well as strengthening employers’ and workers’ bilateral arrangements in textile industry.

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