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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. Philippine launch and high-level national policy dialogue on the ASEAN Community 2015: Managing integration for better jobs and shared prosperity

    29 September 2014, Pasay City, Philippines

    The ILO and the Asian Development Bank, with support from the ASEAN Secretariat, have conducted a study on ASEAN Community 2015: Managing integration for better jobs and shared prosperity. The report with the Philippine Country Brief will be launched in a high-level national policy dialogue on Wednesday, 8 October 2014.

  2. Promoting a people and job-centred approach to disaster response

    25 September 2014, Manila, Philippines

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Australian Government will bring together community leaders from areas hit by Typhoon Bopha (also named Pablo) in a forum to discuss a people and job-centred approach to disaster response.

  3. Promoting cross-border movement of skilled laborers in ASEAN

    24 September 2014, Semarang, Indonesia

    Paving the way for the cross-border recognition of skills in the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) will be discussed by ASEAN member countries’ high-level representatives in Jakarta today.

  4. RMG trade union members learn safety and organisational skills

    24 September 2014, Dhaka, Bangladesh

    Trade union members will be better placed to enhance conditions in the Ready Made Garment (RMG) sector following a week-long programme of training activities designed to increase their organizational capacity and involvement in occupational safety committees.

  5. ILO Regional Director calls for SAARC countries to come together for a fair agenda for migrant workers

    23 September 2014, Kathmandu, Nepal

    He expressed his high hopes that forthcoming SAARC Summit will include an agenda item on migrant workers.

  6. Sindh Government prepares first ever Policy on Occupational Safety & Health

    18 September 2014, Karachi

    The first ever draft provincial Policy on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) was unveiled in Karachi today by the Sindh Labour Department in a tripartite consultation with Employers, Workers, Civil society organizations and media.

  7. New recommendations for reintegrating returning migrants

    18 September 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

    Migrants returning to their home countries need more comprehensive help to reintegrate successfully in their communities.

  8. Authorities urged to prepare for enhanced building and fire safety role

    17 September 2014, Dhaka, Bangladesh

    Bangladesh needs to ready its institutional, regulatory and oversight mechanisms relating to building and fire safety to ensure a safe working environment in the ready-made garment sector once the current support from external partners ends a workshop heard today.

  9. ILO Director-General welcomes G20's ambitious commitments to promote decent jobs

    11 September 2014,

    Guy Ryder has welcomed commitments made by the G20 Ministers to tackle the global jobs crisis with a package of measures to support the creation of decent jobs that can lift working families out of poverty and drive sustainable development.

  10. Recruitment agency rank promotes fair competition and better protect migrant workers

    11 September 2014, Hanoi

    The 2013 ranking of Vietnamese recruitment agencies sending workers abroad has been published with 23 per cent of companies rated as “A1” or top excellent.

  11. G20 faces persistent gaps in employment and job quality

    09 September 2014,

    The ILO, along with other international organizations - including OECD, IMF and the World Bank, have produced a number of reports on employment issues that have been prepared to inform the labour ministerial discussions. These reports help identify policy gaps where actions will have the most impact.

  12. ILO Thai Twitter account launched

    09 September 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

    The ILO tweets in Thai. Follow ILO ภาษาไทย @ILOThai

  13. ILO Provides 95 Motorcycles for Labour Inspectors

    07 September 2014, Dhaka, Bangladesh

    DHAKA – A total of 95 motorcycles which will boost the capacity of government officials to carry out inspections at garment factories were handed over in a ceremony held in Dhaka today.

  14. AEC offers major employment and productivity benefits, if decisively managed

    04 September 2014, Hanoi, Viet Nam

    The introduction of the ASEAN Economic Community next year could spur growth in Viet Nam’s GDP by 14.5 per cent and growth in jobs by an additional 10.5 per cent by 2025, but only if decisive action is taken to manage it effectively.

  15. ILO's global training module on entrepreneurship launched in Pakistan

    02 September 2014, Islamabad, Pakistan

    The ILO and the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan launched a new programme today to strengthen women's entrepreneurship in Pakistan.

  16. ILO: Better Work Indonesia improves access to jobs in garment industry for people with disabilities

    01 September 2014, Semarang, Indonesia

    According to a World Report on Disability (2011) published by The World Health Organization (WHO) and World Bank, there are roughly a billion people with disabilities in the world. Further, there are approximately 785 million of people with disabilities at their productive age, though the majority of them are unemployed. Those who are employed generally earn less compared with people who do not have disability and are often employed in the informal economy with minimal or no social protection.

  17. Two days orientation session on “Provincial Survey on Child and Bonded Labour” and “Child and Bonded Labour Monitoring and Reporting System”

    29 August 2014, Lahore, Pakistan

    Department of Labour and Human Resource, Government of the Punjab organized the two day orientation session on "Provincial Survey on Child and Bonded Labour" and "Child and Bonded Labour Monitoring and Reporting System" with the technical support of ILO Country Office, Pakistan.

  18. International Labour Organization (ILO) welcomes US/Myanmar announcement on labour market collaboration

    28 August 2014, Yangon, Myanmar

    With the ILO's technical support,the Governments of the United States and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar will work together to support the promotion of fundamental labour rights and practices in Myanmar.

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