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. Government of Punjab and ILO Expand Partnership to Combat Child and Bonded Labour

    11 August 2014, Islamabad, Pakistan

    According to the Government of Pakistan, 8,000 child and bonded labourers have been rehabilitated.

  2. Improving data collection of labour statistics (including labour migration statistics)in Pacific Island Countries

    01 August 2014, Nadi, Fiji

    The ILO in collaboration with partners, UNESCAP and SPC has completed a sub-regional technical workshop on labour and migration statistics for Pacific Island Countries. This technical workshop took place from 28 July to 1 August 2014 in Nadi, Fiji and brought together government officials from the Ministry/Department of Labour and National Statistics Office from nine Pacific Island Countries, including an employer’s representative.

  3. ILO initiates short-term job creation opportunities for North Waziristan IDPs

    25 July 2014, Islamabad, Pakistan

    The International Labour Organization has advised the Government of Pakistan to provide short-term jobs to North Waziristan IDPs on priority basis to avoid their long term protracted unemployment. This follows ILO’s reconnaissance mission to Bannu in July 2014 which revealed that a large number of IDPs were idle most of the day either-on the sidelines of the distribution hubs, or in the city areas due to non-availability of productive work opportunities.

  4. ILO Meeting to discuss ways to improve skills development in Asia-Pacific

    18 July 2014,

    An International Labour Organization (ILO) meeting is expected to roll out new action plans to improve skills development in Asia and the Pacific.

  5. Women in the world of work: ILO trains journalists on reporting gender and labor rights

    09 July 2014, Islamabad, Pakistan

    On Monday 7th July 2014, thirty (30) journalists from print and electronic media convened for a three day meeting to equip them with advanced reporting skills on covering gender and labour rights in Pakistan. The training has been organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and Civic Action Resources, an Islamabad based organization that works to promote civic action on democratic and progressive issues for social progress.

  6. Transparency keeps driving improvement in working conditions in Cambodian factories

    03 July 2014,

    The International Labour Organization’s Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) programme released its 2nd online transparency report showing how individual garment factories measure up on key working conditions.

  7. ILO and the Republic of Korea sign US$1 million funding deal

    02 July 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

    The Government of the Republic of Korea to contribute US$1 million to ILO programmes to improve working conditions in Asia and the Pacific and other parts of the world.

  8. National Conference on Skills Needs in Gulf Countries: Challenges and Opportunities for Pakistan

    26 June 2014, Islamabad

    Realizing the opportunities in emerging markets in GCC countries, the Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF), under the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (MoOP&HRD) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO), jointly agreed to hold this conference to create awareness about current and future skills in demand in GCC countries so that manpower export from Pakistan can be enhanced.

  9. 125 Labour Inspectors Received Training by the ITC-ILO

    26 June 2014,

    Labour Inspectors from the Department of Inspection of Factories and Establishments attended a three week long training programme by the ILO aimed at strengthening capacity of the labour inspection system of Bangladesh

  10. Future Directions Set for Modernization of the Labour Inspection System in Bangladesh

    26 June 2014,

    Participants of a two day workshop on Labour Inspection Management in Bangladesh made a number of recommendations aimed at setting the direction for the modernization of the Labour Inspection System in Bangladesh. The workshop was jointly organized by the Ministry of Labour and Employment and the Improving Working Conditions in the RMG Programme (RMGP) of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

  11. Trade union leaders in the Asia Pacific region to consider strategies to halt weaking of union rights

    24 June 2014,

    Around 40 trade union leaders from 20 countries in the Asia Pacific region are attending a seminar organized by the ILO Bureau for Workers‘ Activities (ACTRAV) on strengthening union activities. The seminar is taking place at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 24 - 26 June.

  12. Seminar on "Industry-TVET Institute Relationship" Marked the Successful Completion of “TVET Week 2014”

    24 June 2014,

    Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) 2014 observed from 18-24 June 2014, throughout the Bangladesh to raise awareness on skills training and expansion of the TVET.

  13. World Day against Child Labour: Indonesia to mark the World Day with focus on social protection

    23 June 2014, Jakarta, Indonesia

    This year’s World Day against Child Labour is marked by a focus on the important role of social protection in ending child labour. Taking the theme: “Extend Social Protection to Combat Child Labour”, the International Labour Organization (ILO), in collaboration with Yayasan Sekar, is organising an event on Monday, 23 June 2014, at the educational shelter of Penjaringan, Jakarta to increase awareness on the existence of the social protection programmes and call for extension and improvement of efforts to fight and combat child labour in Indonesia.

  14. Showcasing GE4DE beneficiaries talents - improving livelihoods

    20 June 2014, Karachi, Pakistan

    The International Labour Organisation (ILO) hosted a talent show, under its project for Promoting Gender Equality for Decent Employment GE4DE titled ‘GE4DE- A Celebration of Talent’ in Karachi .The event featured works from artisans from eight different areas of Pakistan, including four indigenously created fashion collections

  15. Kegalle District declares a Child Labour Free Zone

    19 June 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka

    Kegalle District declares a Child Labour Free Zone by 2016 to mark World Day Against Child Labour

  16. Campaign to combat child labour launches at the opening of 2014 Football World Cup

    11 June 2014,

    The ILO’s Red Card to Child Labour campaign sends out a message that children have a right to play, not work. Viet Nam’s national football team striker Le Cong Vinh will hold up the Red Card.

  17. World Day Against Child Labour - 12th June 2014

    11 June 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka

    “All Together Against Child Labour” – World Day Against Child Labour 2014

  18. Extend Social Protection: Combat Child Labour!

    11 June 2014, New Delhi, India

    To commemorate the World Day Against Child Labour 2014, NCPCR, UNICEF and ILO organized four Zonal Round Table Conferences across India that will culminate in a National Meeting on 12 June 2014 in New Delhi.

  19. © Shah Marai / AFP 2014

    ILO adopts new Protocol to tackle modern forms of forced labour

    11 June 2014,

    A new legally binding ILO Protocol on Forced Labour aims to advance prevention, protection and compensation measures, as well as to intensify efforts to eliminate contemporary forms of slavery.

  20. ILO and Singapore renew Partnership Agreement to improve labour and workplace practices in Southeast Asia

    10 June 2014,

    Involves cooperation on issues concerning productivity, occupational safety and health, tripartism and social dialogue.

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