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. Thai celebrities use social media to support international campaign against child labour

    15 June 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

    Thai celebrities took to social media to support campaign against child labour, bringing much-needed public attention to this issue.

  2. Ending child labour in supply chains is increasingly important in economic integration

    14 June 2016,

    “End child labour in supply chains – It’s everyone’s business!” is the focus of this year’s World Day against Child Labour (12 June).

  3. Young people focus on child labour in supply chains

    14 June 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

    The ILO marked the 2016 World Day against Child Labour with a live, interactive talk, calling on young people to be aware of child labour in global supply chains.

  4. Joint Press Statement End child labour in supply chains - It's everyone's business! World Day Against Child Labour 2016 (in Nepali)

    12 June 2016, Kathmandu, Nepal

    A joint press statement from the Government of Nepal represented by the Ministry of Labour and Employment together with the International Labour Organization (ILO), UNICEF, Joint Trade Union Coordination Centre (JTUCC) and Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) calls out to everyone to join hands to end child labour in supply chains. The joint statement is released on the occasion of the World Day Against Child labour, 12 June 2016.

  5. Two of the Members of the Rock Band 1974 AD join hands with the ILO in the fight against Child Labour

    12 June 2016, Kathmandu, Nepal

  6. Tackling child labour in supply chains in Indonesia

    07 June 2016, Jakarta, Indonesia

    This year’s World Day against Child Labour is marked by a focus on child labour and supply chains. Taking the theme: “End Child Labour in Supply Chains”, the International Labour Organization (ILO), in collaboration with the United States Embassy in Jakarta, is organising an event on Wednesday, 8 June 2016, at @America, Jakarta, to increase awareness on the existence of the child labour in both production of goods and services for domestic markets and exports.

  7. ILO and Singapore renew Partnership Agreement to promote decent work in Southeast Asia

    06 June 2016, Geneva, Switzerland

    The International Labour Organization and the Singapore Ministry of Manpower will cooperate on activities related to occupational safety and health, tripartism and social dialogue.

  8. Launch of the Timor-Leste Decent Work Country Programme 2016-2020

    31 May 2016, Dili, Timor-Leste

    The Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) for Timor-Leste 2016-2020 will be launched on Tuesday, 31 May 2016, at Timor Hotel, Dili, Timor-Leste. The DWCP 2016-2020 serves as a framework to support Government of Timor-Leste to achieve its National Strategic Development Plan (SDP) 2011-2030.

  9. Consultation Workshop on Ministerial Agreement on Labour Inspection and Labour Inspection Plan Development

    30 May 2016,

    As part of internal process, a 3- day workshop aims to present the Agreement No. 5523 to the provincial Labour Management Directors and their senior inspectors for their comments and official acknowledgement of the changes before it is submitted to the Minister of Labour and Social Welfare for approval. Furthermore, labour inspection offices from provinces will learn on the manual for labour inspectors and development of labour inspection plan so they can use them to support their work and to conduct effective inspection in the future.

  10. Conference on Improving Labour Rights and Working Conditions in the Food Supply Chain: Sharing Good Practices and Moving Forward

    27 May 2016, Nonthaburi, Thailand

    The International Labour Office (ILO), supported by the Delegation of the European Union to Thailand and in partnership with the Foreign Trade Association (FTA) through its Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) hosted a roundtable event; “Improving labour rights and working conditions in the food supply chain: Sharing good practices and moving forward”.

  11. ILO and IOM ink agreement to strengthen collaboration

    25 May 2016, Dhaka, Bangladesh

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) and International Organization for Migration (IOM) have agreed to strengthen their collaboration in Bangladesh around activities of common interest, in particular safe and skilled migration.

  12. National Consultation on Future of Work begins in Sri Lanka

    24 May 2016,

    The Ministry of Labour and Trade Union Relations, supported by the ILO Office, held a National Consultation to introduce the Future of Work initiative with the relevant stakeholders on 24th May 2016 in Colombo.

  13. Building business networking for cattle farmers in East Nusa Tenggara

    18 May 2016, Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

    As part of the efforts to promote food security and sustainable livelihoods of small-scale producers as well as agricultural workers and their families in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), the International Labour Organization (ILO) will organize a business forum for local cattle farmers titled “Building Business Networking for Cattle Farmers” in Kupang District, Kupang, NTT, on 18 May 2016.

  14. Third meeting of the Garment Sector Stakeholders’ Forum (GSSF) and GIZ tripartite dialogue workshop

    09 May 2016, Islamabad, Pakistan

    The third GSSF meeting focused on GSP+ in Pakistan and GIZ’s dialogue approach. The Ministry for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development led a lively discussion on the implementation gap in Pakistan and members of the forum gave interesting feedback on how implementation of the ILO’s core conventions could be improved in the future.

  15. Bangladesh, ILO and Switzerland launch new initiative to support decent work for migrant workers

    03 May 2016, Dhaka, Bangladesh

  16. National framework on elimination of child and bonded labour agreed

    02 May 2016, Islamabad, Pakistan

    The first national consultative meeting on the ”National Strategy on the Elimination of Child and Bonded Labour in Pakistan” brought together over thirty high-level representatives of the Federal and Provincial governments, employers and workers to discuss and draw consensus on the goals, components and implementation structure of the framework. The national strategy was developed by the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, Government of Pakistan with technical assistance of the International Labour Organization [ILO].

  17. Commemoration of International Day on Health and Safety at Work

    28 April 2016, Karachi, Pakistan

    Every year worldwide 28th April is remembered as World Day for Safety and Health at Work. This year it was commemorated under the theme “Workplace Stress: a collective challenge”. On this day, in Pakistan also, an event was organised where ILO along with its stakeholders reaffirmed their commitment towards the goal of safer workplaces. During this event, the annual EFP OSH&E Awards were also distributed amongst the winners.

  18. “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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

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