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. Media Advisory - The ILO Director General to Meet with Vice Prime Minister and Key Labour Actors in Timor-Leste

    09 December 2014, Dili, Timor-Leste

    The Director General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Mr Guy Ryder, will visit Timor-Leste from 14 to 16 December 2014. This visit marks the first time that a Director General of the ILO will visit the country.

  2. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina officially opens Center of Excellence for Bangladesh Apparel Industries

    07 December 2014, Dhaka, Bangladesh

    DHAKA – H.E. Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh officially opened the Centre of Excellence for the Bangladesh Apparel Industries (CEBAI) during a ceremony held at the Dhaka Apparel Summit at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre, Dhaka today.

  3. Innovative Career Guidance to connect the dots for better jobs for young people

    06 December 2014,

    An Innovative Career Guidance Package tailor-made for Viet Nam has been introduced in a hope to help young people make the right choices for their own future.

  4. Launch of Road for Development (R4D) movie

    05 December 2014, Dili, Timor-Leste

    H. E. The Minister of Public Works, Sr. Gastão Francisco de Sousa, hosted a high-level event to officially launch a movie about the Roads for Development Program (R4D). Senior dignitaries from the Government of Timor-Leste, Donors and Development Partners have been invited to this launch which took place at the Terra Santa resort in Dili.

  5. Asia-Pacific wage growth dynamic but uneven, new ILO report says

    05 December 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

    The Asia and Pacific Supplement looks at the region in more detail. It includes special sections on Asia’s garment sector, China’s private enterprises, Thailand’s manufacturing sector, India’s rural workers and the Pacific Island countries.

  6. ILO welcomes 'landmark' SAARC labour migration commitments

    29 November 2014, Bangkok

    The ILO welcomes Kathmandu Declaration committing to improve labour migration processes.

  7. Dissemination Event on Occupational Safety and Health

    28 November 2014, Karachi

    A dissemination event was held to share knowledge and experience on the initial roll out of the Joint Action Plan on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) and to gather feedback from key stakeholders on measures to effectively implement the action plan.

  8. Linking Livelihoods to Markets

    27 November 2014, Lahore

    As a key player in providing decent jobs through skills training and human resource development, the ILO shared its stance on need for ‘demand driven’ training during a national conference on “Sustainability Exchange” organised by the Engro Foundation with the support of TVET Reform Support Programme.

  9. ILO calls for improved ILS compliance in the Garment and Textile Sector

    27 November 2014, Lahore

    The first Textile Summit brought together stakeholders with the objective to promote the national textile industry, deliberate on best labour practices and address issues affecting this sector crisis.

  10. Labour Inspectors trained on follow up to BUET inspections in RMG sector

    27 November 2014, Dhaka, Bangladesh

    ILO stresses need for more systematic follow up to BUET RMG factory inspections The need for systematic and comprehensive follow up of fire and structural inspections of ready-made garment (RMG) factories by the Department of Inspections of Factories and Establishments (DIFE) was stressed by ILO at a recent workshop.

  11. EU and ILO promote decent work for health professionals

    20 November 2014, Makati City, Philippines

    For the past three years, the ILO, in partnership with migration-relevant government agencies, employers and workers’ organizations and civil society, has been implementing the European Union-financed project on “Decent Work across Borders”. The project focuses on raising awareness for the safe, ethical and decent migration and voluntary return of health-care professionals and skilled workers from the Philippines, India and Viet Nam to selected European member States.

  12. ASEAN countries outline recommendations for extending social protection

    20 November 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

    A list of recommendations for establishing social protection floors and extending social security to the informal economy in ASEAN countries, have been rolled out by representatives of governments’, workers’ and employers’.

  13. High-level Seoul meeting discusses promotion of social protection floors through social dialogue

    20 November 2014,

    Prime Minister Jung Hong-won addresses conference on the role of economic and social councils in supporting social protection

  14. FCCT to exhibit Steve McCurry photos of abused domestic workers

    20 November 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

    An exhibition of photos of abused domestic workers by American photographer Steve McCurry will open at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT) on 21 November 2014.

  15. High level forum looks at effects on Malaysia of ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)

    13 November 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

    The impact on Malaysia of the introduction of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015 will be discussed at the forum.

  16. ILO statement on the new minimum wage for Cambodia's textiles, garment and footwear sector

    12 November 2014, Cambodia

  17. ILO to issue new study on global trends in social protection (2010-2015)

    12 November 2014,

  18. ILO and UNDP sign agreement to impart employable skills to North-Waziristan families

    22 October 2014, Islamabad

    UNDP and ILO will impart employable skills training and employment facilitation to 200 women and men from North-Waziristan Agency who are temporarily residing in District Bannu due to ongoing ‘Operation Zarb-e-Azab’.

  19. Employer-employee cooperation vital for RMG Sector development

    16 October 2014, Dhaka, Bangladesh

    DHAKA – The need to promote dialogue and build trust between workers and employers to ensure sustainable growth of the Ready Made Garment (RMG) sector was stressed by high-level speakers at an event on workplace cooperation held in Dhaka today.

  20. Philippines stands to gain 3.1 million jobs as part of AEC common market

    08 October 2014, Pasay City, Philippines

    Decisive policy action now is a must in order for the Philippines to benefit from the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).

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