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 supported flood affected families

    01 July 2016,

    The recent floods and landslides in Sri Lanka have affected 340,150 people according to information from the Government of Sri Lanka Disaster Management Centre, 84 people were died and 116 people were missing.

  2. Closing Ceremony of One UN Project: ‘Livelihood restoration, protection and sustainable empowerment of vulnerable peasant communities in the Sindh Province (LRP)’

    01 July 2016, Islamabad, Pakistan

    A One UN project implemented by ILO, FAO and UN WOMEN in 120 villages of rural Sindh showcased its achievements through a closeout event in Islamabad on July 1, 2016. Project supported 11800 insecure, unprotected and the most vulnerable families who have endured devastating floods of 2010, rebuild their lives and attained their Human Security.

  3. ILO Regional Director for Asia Pacific makes official visit to Nepal

    01 July 2016, Kathmandu, Nepal

    The ILO Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Ms Tomoko Nishimoto, concluded her five-day visit to Kathmandu with a sense of praise and a great optimism for Nepal and its people.

  4. Sri Lanka commits to end worst forms of child labor in the country

    22 June 2016,

    The National Ceremony to commemorate World Day Against Child Labour was held at the BMICH on 22nd June 2016 under the patronage of His Excellency President Maithripala Sirisena.

  5. Promoting Safe Migration from Pakistan: Pakistan Overseas Employment Promoters Association launches a Code of Conduct on Ethical Recruitment

    22 June 2016, Islamabad, Pakistan

    Pakistan Overseas Employment Promoters Association (POEPA) today took a historical step towards ensuring fair and ethical recruitment of migrant workers, when the industry launched its first ever Code of Conduct on Ethical Recruitment. The launch was made in the presence of 350 representatives from private recruitment agencies. The Code of Conduct on Ethical Recruitment was developed with support by the ILO South Asia Labour Migration Governance Project.

  6. ILO Continues Farmer Empowerment through Economic Development

    20 June 2016,

    The Processing Plant is a joint collaboration between the ILO LEED project and Greenfield Bio Plantations (Pvt) Ltd with the financial support of the Australian Government was declared open on the July 20, 2016 by HE Bryce Hutchesson Australian High Commissioner of Sri Lanka and the Maldives

  7. High interest rates, low financial literacy amongst barriers to RMG remediation: IFC/ILO Study

    20 June 2016, Dhaka, Bangladesh

    High interest rates and a lack of financial literacy are highlighted as major obstacles to factories in the Bangladesh Ready Made Garment (RMG) sector from obtaining remediation financing according to a report launched by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and International Labour Organization (ILO) in Dhaka today.

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    New website advocating for domestic workers' rights launches on International Domestic Workers Day

    16 June 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

    The ILO launches an advocacy website to promote the rights of domestic workers.

  9. 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.

  10. 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).

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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”.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

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