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. “Workplace stress, It’s time to lift it”l

    28 April 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka

    This World Day for Safety and Health focuses on the toll taken on the health and wellbeing of workers worldwide by stress in their working environment.

  2. Peasants demand land reforms, setting up of Harri Courts, Provision of their human & labour rights

    17 April 2016, Karachi, Pakistan

    ILO supported the launch of ‘report on State of Peasants Rights in Sindh’. The report published by Harri Welfare Association discusses the plight of peasants as driven by the socio-cultural, political, legal, administrative and financial factors. It also emphasizes the need for pro-peasant policies and actions in line with UN’s draft declaration on peasants’ rights and ILO conventions C-11 and C-29.

  3. Pakistan’s first Migrant Resource Centre inaugurated in Islamabad

    12 April 2016, Islamabad, Pakistan

    The momentous occasion of the official opening of the Pakistan’s first ever Migrant Resource Centre (MRC), was held on the 12th of April 2016 in the presence of the representatives from government departments, civil society, INGOs, NGOs and media. Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development has established this centre in collaboration with the ILO, EU and ICMPD.

  4. ILO's statement on Trade Unions law in Cambodia

    04 April 2016, Cambodia

    The ILO Country Office for Thailand, Cambodia and Lao PDR takes note of today’s decision of the National Assembly to adopt a Law on Trade Unions.

  5. Sri Lanka ratifies the Employment Policy Convention No. 122

    01 April 2016,

    Sri Lanka is the 110th ILO member State to have ratified this priority Convention

  6. First guides prevent forced labour in Viet Nam’s garment supply chains

    30 March 2016,

    The manuals are expected to equip employers with essential understandings about what forced labour is and how to eliminate risks of forced labour in company operations and supply chains.

  7. Tripartite consultation on Country Level Engagement and Cooperation to Reduce Child Labour (CLEAR) in Sri Lanka

    28 March 2016,

    ILO Office partnering with the Ministry of Labour and Trade Union Relations conducted a consultation on 24th March 2016 with their tripartite constituents to introduce the Country Level Engagement and Cooperation to Reduce Child Labour (CLEAR) Project in Sri Lanka.

  8. ILO organized World Water Day with theme “Better Water, Better Jobs” in Pakistan

    24 March 2016, Hyderabad, Pakistan

    The Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Pakistan are organizing a seminar on the theme: Better Water, Better Jobs, to mark the World Water day and thus magnify the focus on water related issues and inspire collective thinking on the important issue of jobs in relation to water.

  9. Disability Business Forum: Indonesian companies to move towards disability inclusion

    22 March 2016, Jakarta, Indonesia

    In the midst of discrimination issues against people with disabilities, enterprises have realized that disability inclusion makes good business sense. Top enterprises have found people with disabilities as untapped human resources. Many of these companies are learning that people with disabilities are productive and that they bring many benefits to the workplace.

  10. ILO supports Fiji government lead Post Disaster Needs Assessment

    21 March 2016, Suva, Fiji

    ILO (SUVA) The International Labour Organisation (ILO) delivered a training on the Employment, Livelihoods and Social Protection sectors as part of its technical assistance to the government lead Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA).

  11. Strengthening Public Employment Services in Nepal

    18 March 2016, Kathmandu, Nepal

    The activity took place in Kathmandu from 14 to 17 March 2016 as part of the Labour Market Information and Employment Service (LIfE) Project, funded by Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

  12. New ILO project to combat unacceptable forms of work in the Thai fishing and seafood industry

    16 March 2016, BANGKOK

    ILO, in partnership with Thailand’s Ministry of Labour and the Delegation of the European Union to Thailand, is launching a new project to combat unacceptable forms of work in the Thai fishing and seafood industry.

  13. International labour standards training delivered to judges, lawyers and advocates in Fiji

    11 March 2016, Suva, Fiji

    The International Training Centre of the ILO has delivered training sessions to legal professionals on International Labour Standards in Suva this week. The training sessions were delivered to lawyers and advocates, as well as members of the judiciary and was supported with funding from Australian Aid.

  14. Third year of media award for labour and employment launched

    10 March 2016,

    The Award calls for entries until 29 March 2016.

  15. Kingdom of Tonga becomes 187th ILO member State

    25 February 2016,

  16. The Employers' Federation of Ceylon launches its employers' national network of youth initiatives (ENNYI)

    24 February 2016,

    The main objective of the ENNYI is to provide a window for undergraduates into the real world of work through internships offered by the EFC’s member companies. These include leading corporates in the country as well as multi-national companies.

  17. Pakistan Buyers Forum initiate plans to improve labour conditions in textile and garment supply chains

    24 February 2016, Lahore, Pakistan

    During the 5th meeting of the buyers forum convened by ILO, IFC and the Dutch Embassy, held on 23rd February 2015, a total of 21 participants representing 15 international brands and sourcing agents re-committed to promoting sustainability of textiles in Pakistan. The forum reached a consensus on aligning internal efforts to approaching key issues related to working conditions in the textile sector through effective policy and advocacy, enterprise improvement and improved communication.

  18. ILO Conference sets agenda for inclusive growth through decent work and social dialogue in Indonesia

    19 February 2016,

    Participants to the high-level meeting agreed on developing an Indonesian Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals toward Decent Work for All.

  19. Indonesia to discuss Decent Work for Sustainable Development

    16 February 2016,

    Key Indonesian labour actors representing government agencies, employer as well as worker representatives gather in Jakarta on Wednesday, 17 February 2016, to examine employment policies, review lessons learned and adopt policy recommendations on decent work and sustainable development.

  20. Indonesia prepares for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on decent work for all

    11 February 2016,

    The Indonesian Ministry of Manpower, in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO), will host a national conference for Indonesia in preparation for the Indonesian Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly the Goal 8: “Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.” The Conference will be conducted at Borobudur Hotel, Jakarta from 17-18 February.

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