ILO in Asia and the Pacific

  • Labour Migration

    In their own voices

    An ILO-produced film documents the opportunities and obstacles on the path taken by migrant health-care workers from the Philippines.

  • Poverty reduction

    How tourism makes a difference in poor areas of Viet Nam

    Over the last three years, an International Labour Organization (ILO) project in Viet Nam has developed tourism-boosting jobs and reduced poverty in neglected areas.

  • Local economic development in Sri Lanka

    Peace, Prosperity and Papayas

    Her papaya crop is paying off for a widowed farmer helped by the ILO-supported LEED programme, which has boosted business in fisheries, construction and agriculture.

  • Skills for a brighter future

    Refugees in a camp along Thai-Myanmar border are equipped with livelihood and buisness skills for a better future.

What's new

  1. E-newsletter

    News@ILO, March 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.

  1. International Women’s Day 2015

    ILO to issue an update on progress made on gender equality in the world of work and a working paper on the motherhood pay gap

    On the occasion of International Women’s Day (8 March), the ILO will release a briefing note on gender equality since the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action in 1995 and a working paper on the “Motherhood Pay Gap" between mothers and women without children.

  2. Child labour

    New ILO Study on Child Labour in South Asia

    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.

  3. Why inequality threatens the Asian miracle

    Income inequality has increased in the Asia-Pacific region overall. Correct policies can make a major difference. But there are some key areas that our experience tells us help all countries ensure inclusive growth and shared prosperity.

  4. New ILO Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific

    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.

  5. Publication

    Asia-Pacific Labour Market Update, February 2015

    Provides a snapshot of recent labour market trends for a number of economies in the Asia-Pacific region, based on official data available as of 6 January 2015, with special coverage on high and rising income inequality trends and labour market policies to foster inclusive growth.

  6. Domestic work

    New ILO's standards will help 21.5 million domestic workers

    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.

  7. World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2015

    Unemployment on the rise over next five years as inequality persists

    Sluggish jobs recovery and social instability are the result of greater inequality says ILO in its new report on global employment trends.

  8. Gender equality

    Global momentum means more women move into management

    New study shows positive link between female leadership and business performance and urges boost from current 5 per cent of women in top positions.

  9. Report

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

    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.

  10. Domestic workers

    FCCT to exhibit Steve McCurry photos of abused domestic workers

    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.

  11. 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.

Key resources

  1. 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.

  2. Labour related statistics

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