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. Philippines bolsters fight against child labour

    12 January 2017, Manila, Philippines

    The Philippines ushers in the New Year with programmes to intensify its fight against child labour. These initiatives include a first comprehensive project on child labour with set up of helpdesks, a new project on child labour in gold mining, and a new child labour module in the conditional cash transfer programme.


  1. A Task Force on promoting sustainable and responsible business in the Sialkot sports goods manufacturing sector is established

    30 December 2016, Sialkot, Pakistan

    A Task Force on promoting sustainable and responsible business in the Sialkot sports goods manufacturing sector under ILO’s Project “More and better jobs through socially responsible labour practices in Asia”, funded by the Government of Japan is established.

  2. Enhancing the role of Pakistani diaspora in national development discussed in a seminar

    23 December 2016, Islamabad, Pakistan

    “In commemoration of the ‘International Migrants Day’, ILO provided technical support to the Government of Pakistan, Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF) – a subsidiary of the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (OP&HRD) for organizing a seminar on ‘Enhancing Role of Overseas Pakistanis in Nation Building’.

  3. Indonesia Business and Disability Network (IBDN) encourages corporations to promote diversity and inclusivity in the workplace

    16 December 2016, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Coinciding with the month of Disability Awareness this December, five companies have agreed to sign a commitment and establish the Indonesia Business & Disability Network (IBDN) that aims at promoting diversity and inclusivity in the workplace.

  4. ILO Director-General calls on Nepal to promote domestic employment, fair migration and social dialogue

    14 December 2016, Kathmandu, Nepal

    "Labour policies should recognize the needs of all groups to access skills and decent work opportunities," said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  5. ILO’s Asia-Pacific labour conference calls for more efforts to achieve equitable economic growth with decent work

    13 December 2016, BANGKOK

    The meeting discussed issues affecting employment and the world of work in the Asia, Pacific and Arab States.

  6. Overworked and undervalued: New ILO studies find discrimination against women migrant workers in construction and domestic work in Thailand

    13 December 2016,

  7. ILO Director-General to visit Nepal

    12 December 2016, Kathmandu, Nepal

    Director-General of the International Labour Organization, Mr Guy Ryder visiting Nepal from 13 to 15 December 2016 to mark 50 years of development partnership.

  8. Indonesian Vice President opens ILO’s 16th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting

    06 December 2016, Bali, Indonesia

    Indonesia’s Vice President Mohammad Jusuf Kalla and International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General Guy Ryder opened the ILO’s 16th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting (APRM) in Bali, with a call for a greater emphasis on social justice in development.

  9. ILO to launch reports on experiences of women migrant workers in Thailand and Malaysia

    06 December 2016,

    Ahead of International Migrants Day (18 December), the ILO will hold a launch event for two new reports.

  10. Asia, Pacific and Arab states Ministers meet to discuss job creation, equality and social justice

    02 December 2016,

    Policy makers, academics and civil society groups from throughout Asia, the Pacific and the Arab states will meet at the ILO 16th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting to discuss strategies for creating jobs and promoting equity and decent work.

  11. The ILO together with EFC- supported flood relief scheme reflects credible sustainability

    01 December 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka

    The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) in a bid to reconstruct the heavily damaged homes of the employees of their member corporates in the heavy floods which hit the Western Province early this year collaborated with the International Labour Organization (ILO).

  12. First meeting of the Project Advisory Committee of Strengthening Labour Inspection System for Promoting Labour Standards and ensuring Workplace Compliance in Pakistan (SLISP) Project

    01 December 2016, Islamabad, Pakistan

    1st meeting of the Project Advisory Committee (PAC) was convened at the Ministry of OPHRD on 23rd November 2016.

  13. ASEAN’s governments, workers and employers recommend strengthening social protection to build better resilience to disasters

    22 November 2016, Manila, Philippines

    ILO and ASEAN member States gather in Manila to share their experiences, and learn from countries in other regions on practices using social protection measures to prepare and respond to natural disasters.

  14. ILO to share its lessons learnt in promoting food security and sustainable livelihoods

    22 November 2016, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Food insecurity is one of the most significant development constraints in Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT) Province of Indonesia. Food availability is significantly impacted by severe agro-climatic conditions and seasonality. Some efforts have been taken to assist the Government of NTT in promoting agricultural production and in adopting measures for its farmers.

  15. Norway and ILO partner to support for livelihood opportunities to the conflict affected communities

    22 November 2016,

    Norway and International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Sri Lanka have signed a partnership agreement on 22 November to extend the Government of Norway’s support to the conflict affected communities in the North. The project will address the immediate needs of decent work and livelihood opportunities at the grass root level in the conflict affected Northern Districts.

  16. ILO: Safety and health culture crucial in the Philippines

    17 November 2016, Manila, Philippines

    The ILO highlights the need for a safety and health culture especially among young workers in the Philippines to prevent workplace accidents, injuries and illnesses.

  17. Enhancing industrial relations in Indonesia through sustainable and responsible business enterprise

    16 November 2016, Jakarta, Indonesia

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) will organize an Industrial Relations Forum titled “Sustainable and Responsible Business Enterprises within Enterprises: Pathways to Enhancing Industrial Relations in Indonesia” on Wednesday, 16 November 2016, in Jakarta.

  18. ILO to encourage positive contribution of multinational enterprises in Indonesia

    15 November 2016, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Multinational enterprises are the principal drivers of globalization and through their operations influence the working and living conditions of people worldwide. Therefore, they have a vital role to play in promoting economic and social progress.

  19. ILO’s 16th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting to take place in Indonesia in December

    09 November 2016, Bali, Indonesia

    The APRM will be held in Bali, Indonesia, from 6 to 9 December 2016.

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