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. Textile exporting units in Faisalabad trained on compliance with Labour Standards

    09 December 2015, Faisalabad, Pakistan

    From 8-22 December 2015, the ILO in collaboration with the Pakistan Textile Exporters Association (PTEA) and Oxfam-Novib will run a series of seminars covering eight thematic areas on International Labour Standards. The seminars target management and workers in 12 textile exporting industrial units in Faisalabad with the objective of raising awareness on and enhancing compliance with labour standards and labour laws in the textile sector of Pakistan.

  2. ILO signed a cooperation agreement with Renmin University

    03 December 2015,

    In a recent UN-wide Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, ILO will take the lead to scale up action on youth employment for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

  3. Commemoration of the International Day for Persons with Disabilities: Enhancing the inclusivity of people with disabilities in companies

    01 December 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia

    People with disabilities are recognized as among the most vulnerable groups in Indonesia, facing discrimination in access to such as education, skills training and, employment. Compared to non-disabled persons, they experience higher rates of unemployment and economic inactivity and are at greater risk of insufficient social protection that is a key to reducing extreme poverty.

  4. Assessing the economic contribution of labour immigration in Nepal

    27 November 2015, Kathmandu, Nepal

    The national consultation seminar is jointly organized by the Ministry of Labour and Employment, the OECD Development Centre and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

  5. New Report says successful ASEAN integration requires social protection

    25 November 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Social protection is one of the key elements of the successful integration of the ASEAN Community, according to a new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

  6. Government reaffirms its commitment to eradicate child and bonded labour from Balochistan

    24 November 2015, Quetta, Pakistan

    During a one day high level consultative meeting on Child and Bonded Labour held on 24th November 2015, the Government of Baluchistan re-affirmed its commitment to address the challenge and called on stakeholders to work closely together.

  7. Centre of Excellence for Bangladesh Apparel Industry receives accreditation

    22 November 2015,

    CO-DHAKA (News) - The ILO-supported Centre of Excellence for Bangladesh Apparel Industry has received accreditation from the Bangladesh Technical Education Board.

  8. Launching ceremony of project on enhancing national capacity to prevent and reduce Child labour in Viet Nam

    20 November 2015,

    Together with MOLISA, the ILO and national stakeholders commit to preventing and reducing child labour by 2020.

  9. Welcoming Viet Nam’s labour rights commitments, ILO stands ready for support

    20 November 2015,

    The International Labour Organization in Viet Nam has welcomed the Government’s commitment to respect, promote and realize the ILO’s fundamental principles and rights at work in its statement released on 20 November 2015.

  10. New minimum wage campaign for Lao garment sector

    19 November 2015,

    An education campaign to spread information about the new minimum wage in the garment sector, is being launched by the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (MOLSW) with the assistance of the International Labour Organization

  11. Labour Inspectors and garment sector meet to improve worker-employer communication

    18 November 2015, Lao People's Democratic Republic

    Representatives from garment factories and Labour Inspectors have begun a collaboration programme designed to improve communication, foster knowledge of labour laws and solve industry problems

  12. The People’s Republic of China ratifies the ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006)

    16 November 2015,

    China is the 68th ILO member State to have ratified this landmark Convention.

  13. Towards a Decent Work Network with academia

    16 November 2015, Islamabad, Pakistan

    A one day consultation was convened with the School of Economics at Quaid-e-AZam University in Islamabad, Pakistan to explore ways of establishing a Decent Work Network with academia in Pakistan.

  14. Symposium on International Labour Standards for Labour Tribunal Presidents

    13 November 2015,

    The International Labour Organization (ILO), together with the Judges Institute of Sri Lanka and the Labour Tribunal Presidents Association organized a Symposium on International Labour Standards on the 13th and 14th of November 2015.

  15. Examining the Indonesian national health insurance

    09 November 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Indonesia is moving towards an integrated social protection system. Indonesia has also started a new scheme on national health insurance.

  16. Preventing lung occupational diseases in Indonesia

    09 November 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Occupational deaths and injuries and work-related diseases take a particularly heavy toll in developing countries, including Indonesia.

  17. Preliminary results of ‘Female Labour Force Survey’ and ‘Situation Analysis of Domestic Workers’ disseminated

    03 November 2015, Lahore, Pakistan

    On 28th October 2015, the ILO’s Project on Promoting Decent Work for Decent Employment (GE4DE) funded by DFTAD disseminated the findings of two critical surveys i.e. Female Participation in the Labour Force. The findings will be vital in informing policy, legal and regulatory changes that facilitate women’s productive participation in the world of work.

  18. Providing better protection for Indonesian domestic migrant domestic workers in Malaysia

    03 November 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Malaysia is an important country of destination for migrant domestic workers, the majority of which are from Indonesia. The Malaysian Ministry of Human Resources reported that as at June 2013, there were 180,000 documented migrant domestic workers in Malaysia.

  19. Cambodian garment industry’s solid performance continues in the first half of 2015

    03 November 2015, Cambodia

    The Cambodian garment industry’s solid performance continued in the first half of 2015, according to the ILO's new edition of Cambodian Garment and Footwear Sector Bulletin.

  20. Enterprise improvement and regulation in textiles high on Buyers’ Forum agenda in Pakistan

    30 October 2015, Islamabad

    The fourth Buyers Forum in Pakistan held on 29th October 2015 agreed on a road map covering three areas including compliance with international labour standards; joint advocacy for better policy, laws and regulations and communications for more effective coordination and cooperation.

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