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. 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”.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Building business networking for cattle farmers in East Nusa Tenggara

    18 May 2016, Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

    As part of the efforts to promote food security and sustainable livelihoods of small-scale producers as well as agricultural workers and their families in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), the International Labour Organization (ILO) will organize a business forum for local cattle farmers titled “Building Business Networking for Cattle Farmers” in Kupang District, Kupang, NTT, on 18 May 2016.

  5. Third meeting of the Garment Sector Stakeholders’ Forum (GSSF) and GIZ tripartite dialogue workshop

    09 May 2016, Islamabad, Pakistan

    The third GSSF meeting focused on GSP+ in Pakistan and GIZ’s dialogue approach. The Ministry for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development led a lively discussion on the implementation gap in Pakistan and members of the forum gave interesting feedback on how implementation of the ILO’s core conventions could be improved in the future.

  6. Bangladesh, ILO and Switzerland launch new initiative to support decent work for migrant workers

    03 May 2016, Dhaka, Bangladesh

  7. National framework on elimination of child and bonded labour agreed

    02 May 2016, Islamabad, Pakistan

    The first national consultative meeting on the ”National Strategy on the Elimination of Child and Bonded Labour in Pakistan” brought together over thirty high-level representatives of the Federal and Provincial governments, employers and workers to discuss and draw consensus on the goals, components and implementation structure of the framework. The national strategy was developed by the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, Government of Pakistan with technical assistance of the International Labour Organization [ILO].

  8. Commemoration of International Day on Health and Safety at Work

    28 April 2016, Karachi, Pakistan

    Every year worldwide 28th April is remembered as World Day for Safety and Health at Work. This year it was commemorated under the theme “Workplace Stress: a collective challenge”. On this day, in Pakistan also, an event was organised where ILO along with its stakeholders reaffirmed their commitment towards the goal of safer workplaces. During this event, the annual EFP OSH&E Awards were also distributed amongst the winners.

  9. “Workplace stress, It’s time to lift it”l

    28 April 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka

    This World Day for Safety and Health focuses on the toll taken on the health and wellbeing of workers worldwide by stress in their working environment.

  10. Peasants demand land reforms, setting up of Harri Courts, Provision of their human & labour rights

    17 April 2016, Karachi, Pakistan

    ILO supported the launch of ‘report on State of Peasants Rights in Sindh’. The report published by Harri Welfare Association discusses the plight of peasants as driven by the socio-cultural, political, legal, administrative and financial factors. It also emphasizes the need for pro-peasant policies and actions in line with UN’s draft declaration on peasants’ rights and ILO conventions C-11 and C-29.

  11. Pakistan’s first Migrant Resource Centre inaugurated in Islamabad

    12 April 2016, Islamabad, Pakistan

    The momentous occasion of the official opening of the Pakistan’s first ever Migrant Resource Centre (MRC), was held on the 12th of April 2016 in the presence of the representatives from government departments, civil society, INGOs, NGOs and media. Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development has established this centre in collaboration with the ILO, EU and ICMPD.

  12. ILO's statement on Trade Unions law in Cambodia

    04 April 2016, Cambodia

    The ILO Country Office for Thailand, Cambodia and Lao PDR takes note of today’s decision of the National Assembly to adopt a Law on Trade Unions.

  13. Sri Lanka ratifies the Employment Policy Convention No. 122

    01 April 2016,

    Sri Lanka is the 110th ILO member State to have ratified this priority Convention

  14. First guides prevent forced labour in Viet Nam’s garment supply chains

    30 March 2016,

    The manuals are expected to equip employers with essential understandings about what forced labour is and how to eliminate risks of forced labour in company operations and supply chains.

  15. Tripartite consultation on Country Level Engagement and Cooperation to Reduce Child Labour (CLEAR) in Sri Lanka

    28 March 2016,

    ILO Office partnering with the Ministry of Labour and Trade Union Relations conducted a consultation on 24th March 2016 with their tripartite constituents to introduce the Country Level Engagement and Cooperation to Reduce Child Labour (CLEAR) Project in Sri Lanka.

  16. ILO organized World Water Day with theme “Better Water, Better Jobs” in Pakistan

    24 March 2016, Hyderabad, Pakistan

    The Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Pakistan are organizing a seminar on the theme: Better Water, Better Jobs, to mark the World Water day and thus magnify the focus on water related issues and inspire collective thinking on the important issue of jobs in relation to water.

  17. Disability Business Forum: Indonesian companies to move towards disability inclusion

    22 March 2016, Jakarta, Indonesia

    In the midst of discrimination issues against people with disabilities, enterprises have realized that disability inclusion makes good business sense. Top enterprises have found people with disabilities as untapped human resources. Many of these companies are learning that people with disabilities are productive and that they bring many benefits to the workplace.

  18. ILO supports Fiji government lead Post Disaster Needs Assessment

    21 March 2016, Suva, Fiji

    ILO (SUVA) The International Labour Organisation (ILO) delivered a training on the Employment, Livelihoods and Social Protection sectors as part of its technical assistance to the government lead Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA).

  19. Strengthening Public Employment Services in Nepal

    18 March 2016, Kathmandu, Nepal

    The activity took place in Kathmandu from 14 to 17 March 2016 as part of the Labour Market Information and Employment Service (LIfE) Project, funded by Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

  20. New ILO project to combat unacceptable forms of work in the Thai fishing and seafood industry

    16 March 2016, BANGKOK

    ILO, in partnership with Thailand’s Ministry of Labour and the Delegation of the European Union to Thailand, is launching a new project to combat unacceptable forms of work in the Thai fishing and seafood industry.

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