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. ILO to host screening of 'ILO ILO' at the Bangkok International Film Festival

    28 October 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

    The critically acclaimed film "Ilo Ilo" will be screened on 27 November at SF Cinema in Central World, Bangkok.

  2. ILO’s Tripartite Constituents in Pakistan and Stakeholders Design the next Decent Work Country Program III (DWCP, 2016-2020)

    23 October 2015, Islamabad

    The Ministry of OPHRD, EFP and PWF embarked on the technical design of Pakistan’s third Decent Work Country Program. This was during a three day session facilitated by the ILO from 20-22 October 2015. The DWCP, which will be implemented over the period 2016-2020 is aligned to the country’s Vision 2025, will be inclusive in its implementation and takes into account the devolved structures of government as well as the Sustainable development Goals (SDG’s).

  3. ILO welcomes Cambodian National Employment Policy

    22 October 2015, Cambodia

    The National Employment Policy (NEP), which covers the period 2015-2025, was formally launched by the Prime Minister Hun Sen in a ceremony on Thursday 22 October at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, in the presence of senior government officials, employers’ and workers’ representatives and development partners.

  4. Promoting safe migration from Nepal: Foreign Employment Information and Counselling Center inaugurated at the Kathmandu Labour Village

    08 October 2015, Kathmandu, Nepal

    The ILO, European Union, Foreign Employment Promotion Board and the Non-Resident Nepali Association collaborated to open a Foreign Employment Information and Counselling Center at the Labour Village in Kathmandu. The Center was inaugurated by the Honourable Minister of State Mr Tek Bahadur Gurung, Ministry of Labour and Employment.

  5. ILO’s statement on minimum wage decision in Cambodia

    08 October 2015, Cambodia

    Increasing of the monthly minimum wage for workers in the garment, textile and footwear industries to US $140.

  6. ILO, Germany and Bangladesh sign agreement to jointly develop Employment Injury Insurance (EII) Scheme

    06 October 2015,

    The International Labour Organization (ILO), Germany and the Government of Bangladesh will collaborate in the development of an Employment Injury Insurance (EII) Scheme for Bangladesh.

  7. Sharing experience of apprenticeships

    06 October 2015, Cambodia

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) is holding a regional workshop to discuss quality apprenticeships and work experience to help young people in their transition from school to decent employment.

  8. Enhancing Productivity and Competitiveness through Social Dialogue

    02 October 2015, Kathmandu, Nepal

    The Human Resources Society Nepal, in collaboration with the ILO, organized a half-day Knowledge Sharing Workshop on “Enhancing Productivity and Competitiveness through Social Dialogue in the Nepalese enterprises” in Kathmandu today. The event was highly appreciated by the practicing managers of the Nepalese private sector who enthusiastically participated in the programme.

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    Increase awareness on Labour Migration for Pakistani workers

    28 September 2015, Lahore

    The Punjab Labour and Human Resource Department is in the process of establishing the first ever Migrant Resource Centre in Pakistan. The centre, which is supported by the EU funded ILO-South Asia Labour Migration Governance Project, will provide a range of support services to (potential) migrant workers with the overall aim to make migration safe and profitable. The first stakeholder meeting was organized on 22 September 2015 to ensure full collaboration of all actors involved in making the centre a success.

  10. Launch of My Fair Home campaign targets domestic workers' employers to improve working conditions

    25 September 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

    The ILO launched the ‘My Fair Home’ campaign to encourage employers to personally take the My Fair Home pledge to uphold the rights of domestic workers in their own homes.

  11. ILO’s tripartite partners commit to improving labour standards and promotion of decent work in Punjab province

    22 September 2015, Lahore

    The Government of Punjab restated its commitment to fast track the existing labour inspection reform process. Workers and Employers highlighted ILO’s role in expanding the coverage of labour legislation to the informal sector including domestic workers, home based workers and agriculture workers.

  12. Workshop for ILO constituents on Mediation and Conciliation.

    21 September 2015,

    Colombo ILO News: International Labour Organization’s Country Office for Sri Lanka and the Maldives conducted a two day training programme on mediation and conciliation for the ILO constituents on the 17th and 18th of September 2015 in Colombo.

  13. Award Winning Actress Joins ILO to Boost Young People's Awareness

    15 September 2015,

    COLOMBO (ILO News) - The International Labour Organization (ILO) on September 5 and 10 2015, supported two Career and Entrepreneur Job fairs by way of sponsoring and endorsement. EDEX Mid-year Expo held in Colombo, attracted over ten thousands young visitors. The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce ‘Careerlead’ was organised at the Rajarata University in the Anuradhapura district, attracting over four thousand students from several districts in the north and east. Overall, both job fairs gathered the participation of over one hundred reputed companies across a number of sectors. Students and youth were offered the opportunity to receive actual career guidance while being presented with direct recruitment opportunities and with information on ILO’s activities, notably those related with labour rights and responsibilities for youth in the workplace.

  14. Lao People's Democratic Republic considers ratifying ILO labour inspection convention

    14 September 2015, Lao People's Democratic Republic

  15. New study of migrant and child labour in the Thai seafood industry

    14 September 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) and The Asia Foundation released a new report, revealing the physical hazards and other vulnerabilities faced by migrant child workers in Thailand’s shrimp and seafood processing industries.

  16. Lao People’s Democratic Republic considers ratifying ILO Labour Inspection Convention

    14 September 2015, Lao PDR

    The one-day workshop was organized on 14 September 2015 to discuss with national authorities including workers’ and employers’ organizations the scope of ILO Convention no. 81 and identify where national laws and practice are currently in compliance and where improvements would be needed.

  17. Seminar on Climate Change: Issues, challenges and opportunities confronting the peasants and farmer communities of Sindh Province

    11 September 2015, Hyderabad

    The ILO through the One-UN Livelihood Restoration Project has improved the resilience of 662 households by providing them training and tools to diversify their livelihoods. While the climate change induced vulnerabilities of the farmer communities are increasing, there are opportunities emanating from timely adaptation, preparation and mitigation measures, capitalizing on which the peasants and the farmer communities most of whom are women, can positively transform their lives.

  18. Development of Pakistan’s Decent Work Country Program Commences

    04 September 2015, Islamabad

    The dialogue for the development of Pakistan’s Decent Work Country Program III (DWCP, 2016-2020) set off with a tripartite meeting convened by the Ministry of Overseas Pakistan and Human Resource Development (OP-HRD). The meeting saw the agreement on four broad priorities encompassing employment creation, social protection, ILS compliance and stronger worker and employer organizations.

  19. VTASL and ILO join hands to introduce labour market oriented vocational training in North and East

    04 September 2015,

    Under the European Union Support for District Development Programme (EU-SDDP) ILO has entered into an agreement with Vocational Training Authority of Sri Lanka (VTASL) on 4th September 2015 to introduce labour market oriented skills training and to improve delivery capacity of selected vocational training centres in Vavuniya, Mannar, Batticaloa and Ampara districts.

  20. Weekly radio show to help workers understand their rights and responsibilities

    03 September 2015,

    DHAKA - The International Labour Organization (ILO) with the support of the Government of Bangladesh and the Government of Norway is launching a Bangla-language radio show for workers entitled ‘আমারশ্রম, আমারঅধিকার’(My Labour, My Rights). Featuring workers rights experts, the shows will help create better understanding of rights and responsibilities in the workplace.

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