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. Narratives of Empowerment - Training Workshop on Professional TV News Media Reporting of Working Women Held in Karachi

    15 December 2015, Karachi, Pakistan

    Pakistan’s leading national and regional TV channels and online media participated in 2 day training workshop on gender and labour sensitive reporting, aimed at improving coverage of women with narratives of positivity and empowerment

  2. National Center of the Public Employment Services opened

    15 December 2015,

    The National Center of the Public Employment Services (NPES) was ceremonially declared open by the Honorable Minister of Labour and Trade Union Relations, W.D.J Seneviratne, and the State Minister of Labour and Trade Unions Relations Mr. Ravindra Samaraweera

  3. Promoting decent work for homeworkers in Indonesia: Homeworkers are workers!

    15 December 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Despite their long existence in Indonesia, subcontracted homeworkers, often referred as workers in the putting-out system, have been largely invisible because work is carried out at home by mostly women who also take care of household and family care responsibilities, and remunerative work is often considered as side activities carried out by women rather than real work.

  4. Symposium on Sustainable Development Goals and Decent Work

    11 December 2015,

    The Ministry of Labour and Trade Union Relations, together with the International Labour Organization (ILO), organized the first Symposium on Sustainable Development Goals and Decent Work on the 11th December 2015 in Colombo.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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).

  9. 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).

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

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