ILO in Asia and the Pacific

  • Women weave a better future

    The ILO has set up weaving centres in one of Pakistan’s poorest provinces to boost the quality of the products, and improve skills and income of the weavers.

  • Rural development

    Timor-Leste: A road gives life to a community

    Coffee farmer Pedro Soares de Fatima used to carry a huge coffee sack on his back to get to the nearest market. It was a ten-hour return journey, until an ILO project built high quality rural roads in Timor-Leste.

  • Youth Employment

    Chris Hadfield's interview on Talking Youth

    Famed astronaut, author and singer Chris Hadfield speaks to “Talking Youth” about the importance of planning and preparing. He discusses lifelong learning and shares his advice for young people who are in transition from school to work.

  • Social Protection Floor

    Lessons from the steppes: Mongolia's model social insurance system

    As a role model for social insurance systems, Mongolia, with the help of the ILO, shares its efficient single window system for social services with other countries in South East Asia.

What's new

  1. Q&A on forced labour in fishing: how big is the problem?

    An international Conference on Labour Exploitation in the Fishing Sector in the Atlantic Region will discuss forced labour and human trafficking in the fishing industry on 25-26 November in Oslo, Norway. ILO News spoke with Rebecca Surtees, conference panelist and Senior Researcher at NEXUS Institute*, United States, about possible remedies to labour exploitation in the industry.

  1. COP 21

    How Philippines recovered from disaster through decent work

    In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, and as climate change exacerbates weather-related disasters around the globe, the ILO is working with local communities in the Philippines to make them more resilient to future storms. At the forthcoming Paris Climate Conference (COP 21), the ILO will advocate that the climate change and decent work agendas are mutually supportive.

  2. Workers are becoming more educated, although not always finding suitable jobs

    “Key Indicators of the Labour Market” (KILM), the new edition of the ILO online reference tool, analyses the link between education and access to the labour market.

  3. Strong export and job growth in Asia’s garment and footwear sector

    Developing Asia-Pacific’s garment and footwear industry continued to perform well in 2014. Despite some progress, however, productivity and wages remain low overall. In order to sustain growth, new drivers of competitiveness based on improved working conditions are needed.

  4. Cambodian garment industry’s solid performance continues in the first half of 2015

    The ILO's new edition of Cambodian Garment and Footwear Sector Bulletin shows Cambodian garment industry’s solid performance continued in the first half of 2015.

  5. E-newsletter

    News@ILO, November 2015

    The latest newsletter of the ILO Regional Office in Asia and the Pacific, covering the latest activities in the region, upcoming activities and recent publications.

  6. ILO to host screening of 'ILO ILO' at the Bangkok International Film Festival

    The critically acclaimed film "Ilo Ilo" will be screened on 27 November at SF Cinema in Central World, Bangkok

Key resources

  1. Publication

    The changing nature of jobs reflects growing insecurity

    This research note provides a brief overview of the latest edition of the ILO's flagship World Employment and Social Outlook, entitled "The Changing Nature of Jobs". The main findings are presented with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region.

  2. Publication

    Minimum wages in the global garment industry

    This research note provides a brief overview of minimum wages for the garment sector in the top 25 apparel exporters from the developing world.

  3. ASEAN Community 2015: Managing integration for better jobs and shared prosperity

    The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), a single regional common market and production base, will become a reality in 2015. New opportunities for growth and prosperity will emerge, but the challenge is to ensure that growth is inclusive and prosperity is shared. The report examines the impact of the AEC on labour markets and offers evidence-based policy recommendations.

  4. Labour related statistics

    A database of labour statistics and methodologies covering the economically active population, employment, unemployment, wages and related variables.