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.

2015

  1. Urgent action needed to strengthen Mongolia's small businesses

    11 March 2015,

    Mongolia’s economy is one of the fastest-growing in the world, but the continued expansion of the informal sector remains a significant barrier to the country’s future economic success, according to a new report launched today in Ulaanbaatar.

  2. DSWD, ILO partner for sustainable livelihood

    09 March 2015, Manila, Philippines

    The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) today strengthened its partnership and signed a grant agreement to support sustainable livelihood and community enterprise development in regions affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

  3. Two days training for trade unions: Decent Work for migrant workers

    04 March 2015, Lahore

    A total of 30 participants from major Trade Unions in Pakistan representing all four provinces gathered for a two days training under the theme “Decent Work for Migrant Workers” from 3-4 March 2015, with the objective to enhance the capacity of trade unionist to participate in the shaping of migration policies, promote sound labour migration practices, reach out to migrant workers and ensure that the benefits of migration are maximized. This training was facilitated under the ILO-EU funded South Asia Labour Migration Governance Project in collaboration with the Pakistan Workers Federation (PWF).

  4. International buyers formalise their cooperation for a more responsible and competitive textile industry

    27 February 2015, Karachi

    A total of 14 buyers met to prioritize key objectives for the buyers forum for textiles in Pakistan at the side lines of the trade Expo in Karachi. The forum was established on 16 Dec 2014. The objectives of the forum are to exchange best practices and knowledge management, public private partnership and establishing working committees for identified key environmental and social issues relating to compliance in textile sector.

  5. Kiribati Develops a draft action plan to eliminate the worst forms of Child Labour

    26 February 2015, Tarawa, Kiribati

    This technical support by the ILO is part of the ILO’s Pacific sub-regional project on child labour and trafficking that is built on experiences of the TACKLE (Tackling child labour through education) project funded by the European Union.

  6. New ILO Study on Child Labour in South Asia

    25 February 2015, New Delhi, India

    The ILO’s first South Asia report estimates almost 17 million children between five and 17 years are engaged in child labour in South Asia, with one in five of these being aged 11 or under.

  7. 110 newly recruited labour inspectors receive introductory training

    24 February 2015, Dhaka, Bangladesh

    A total of 110 newly recruited labour inspectors are learning the skills necessary to help enhance working conditions and worker safety in Bangladesh.

  8. Indonesia to adopt policy recommendations on decent work and sustainable development

    24 February 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Government, employer and worker representatives, academics and other relevant stakeholders from Indonesia reviewed lessons learned and adopt policy recommendations on decent work and sustainable development.

  9. Social justice essential for Decent Work for women

    21 February 2015, Lahore

    Women and men from trade unions show how they have made a difference to promote social justice and gender equality at work, all the way from equal wages to new trade unions.

  10. Balancing work and home through child care centres

    20 February 2015, Lahore

    Parliamentarians, workers, employers and civil society representatives commited to promoting the provision of child care for working parents from low-income groups. A group of influential stakeholders met on Friday in Lahore to understand the issues of child care, discuss different models of low-cost child care and agree on a way forward to promote similar models in Pakistan.

  11. Media Advisory: Indonesia prepares for global meeting on employment and decent work

    18 February 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) will host a country-level meeting for Indonesia in Jakarta from 24-25 February in preparation for the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) 2015 Integration Segment in New York at the end of March, around the theme of "Achieving Sustainable Development through Employment Creation and Decent Work for All".

  12. ILO and Pakistan Textile Exporters Association sign a unique Partnership Agreement Promoting Decent Work in Garment and Textile Industry in Faisalabad

    17 February 2015, Islamabad

    The ILO and the Pakistani Textile Exporters Association (PTEA) have forged a Public Private Partnership encompassing a comprehensive framework on improving productivity through training and compliance with International Labour Standards including occupational safety and health, wages, contracts of employment, discrimination and other forms of mal labour practices as well as strengthening employers’ and workers’ bilateral arrangements in textile industry.

  13. New ILO Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific

    09 February 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

    Ms Tomoko Nishimoto has taken up her post as the ILO's Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific since 12 January 2015.

  14. Employers committed to implement Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act 2010

    04 February 2015, Islamabad

    EFP and Federal Ombudsman Secretariat in collaboration with Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industries and International Labour Organization Country office for Pakistan organized the 6th seminar on Act of 2010 at Islamabad duly attended by a wide range of stakeholders including employers, workers, academia, media, NGOs and government representatives from Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

  15. Probationers at the Foreign Services Academy trained on ILO standards

    03 February 2015, Islamabad

    Mr Francesco d’Ovidio, Country Director ILO Office Pakistan was invited to give a lecture at the Foreign Services Academy in Islamabad. He presented a historical perspective of the ILO, its work in Pakistan, and the ever-increasing importance and relevance of international labour standards for the country as a player in the global economy.

  16. Major effort launched to complete remaining RMG factory inspections

    03 February 2015, Dhaka, Bangladesh

    A major effort is underway to complete safety inspectionsof all remaining export-oriented ready-made garment factories.

  17. New ILO's standards will help 21.5 million domestic workers

    02 February 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

    The Regional Model Competency Standards (RMCS) for Domestic Work will help more than 20 million domestic worker in Asia and the Pacific if ASEAN regional integration ensures the mutual recognition of skills of workers across borders, according to the ILO's new publication.

  18. Employment injury insurance to benefit workers and employers alike in the RMG sector

    24 January 2015, Dhaka, Bangladesh

    DHAKA – Bangladesh’s workforce and industry alike would benefit from the establishment of an employment injury insurance (EII) scheme according to specialists of the International Labour Organization (ILO)

  19. Training on International Labour Standards Reporting

    22 January 2015, Islamabad

    As part of ILO's continued support to strengthening International Labour Standards reporting and responding to the observations from the Commitee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations , more than 37 officials from Federal Ministry of Overseas Pakistani and Human Resource Development, Provincial Departments of Labour and the representatives from Employers Federation of Pakistan and Pakistan Workers Federation participated in a three day training.

  20. First Agriculture and Fishing Workers’ Trade Union in Pakistan registered in Karachi

    21 January 2015, Karachi

    The first ever trade union for Agriculture and Fishing Workers’ in Pakistan has been registered in Karachi. The Sindh Agriculture and Fishing Workers Union (SAFWU) was registered with the office of the Registrar Trade Unions, Karachi under the provisions of Sindh Industrial Relations Act, 2013.

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