In the media


  1. Decent Work in Arab States

    ILO and Oman pledge to continue advancing decent work in the Sultanate

    09 June 2017

    The ILO and tripartite partners sign a Memorandum of Understanding on the sidelines of the International Labour Conference in Geneva to develop new Oman Decent Work Country Programme for 2017-2019.

  2. Press release

    Together we can build a brighter future of work for the Arab region – ILO

    26 April 2017

    The Tripartite Arab Meeting on the Future of Work brought together government, worker and employer representatives, along with youth and private sector leaders, to explore the forces transforming the world of work in Arab States, and to discuss the best policies and actions needed to create a better future of work.

  3. Video

    Syria's refugees need our help, and so do the communities hosting them - ILO's Guy Ryder

    13 April 2017

    Over six years into the Syria conflict, Syrian refugees in Lebanon and the local communities hosting them are finding it difficult to cope with the dire economic and labour market challenges brought about by the influx of vast numbers of refugees. ILO Director-General Guy Ryder visited Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley to meet first-hand some of those affected by the crisis.

  4. © ILO/Laith Abu Sha'ireh 2020

    Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region Conference

    ILO launches “Jobs Make the Difference” report

    05 April 2017

    The ILO, in partnership with UNDP and WFP, launches a report which focuses on expanding economic opportunities for Syrian Refugees and host Communities in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey.

  5. Press release

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder meets Lebanese President Michel Aoun

    03 April 2017

    The meeting was held at the presidential Baabda Palace in the capital Beirut, during Ryder’s first official visit to Lebanon

  6. Statement

    The future of work in Arab states: Working together for growth, peace and resilience

    31 March 2017

    In a region facing a unique set of challenges, International Labour Organization (ILO) Regional Director for Arab States Dr. Ruba Jaradat says Arab governments, workers and employers must work together to ensure a future of decent work and social justice.

  7. © Nadia Bseiso 2020

    Syrian refugees

    ILO’s Ruba Jaradat: We must create decent jobs, not any jobs, for Syrian refugees and host communities

    23 January 2017

    The ILO’s Regional Director for Arab States Ruba Jaradat participated in a high-level panel on jobs and economic opportunities during the Helsinki Conference on Supporting Syrians and the Region from 23-24 January, at which the UN appealed for over $4.6 billion to help Syrians and host communities.

  8. Video

    Improving skills and job prospects for Jordanian and Syrian construction workers

    23 January 2017

    The ILO has partnered with the National Employment and Training Company to help Syrian refugees and Jordanians working in the construction sector upgrade their professional expertise and obtain accredited skills certificates. The programme includes four weeks of practical and theoretical work in professions such as floor layering, painting, plastering, plumbing and interior decoration. The footage used in this video is amateur footage captured by the workers themselves.

  9. Video

    ILO’s Ruba Jaradat: innovation, policy reform and labour rights key to boosting growth and job creation in MENA region

    11 January 2017

    ILO Regional Director for Arab States Ruba Jaradat participated in high-level panel organized by the International Finance Corporation, and held on the sidelines of the World Bank/ IMF Annual Meeting in October 2016, under the title “Growth and job creation: skills and entrepreneurship for youth in the MENA region.” In the following video excerpts from the panel discussion, Jaradat speaks on world-of-work issues such as job creation, policy reforms, labour market fragility, women’s economic participation, and empowering the private sector in the Arab region.


  1. Article

    Asia, the Pacific and Arab States: The world of work in numbers

    20 December 2016

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder presented his report entitled “Building an inclusive future with decent work: Towards sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific,” at the 16th Asia and the Pacific Meeting (APRM) in Bali, Indonesia last month. At an APRM plenary sitting, the ILO’s Regional Director for Arab States Ruba Jaradat summarized the main findings of the report in this presentation of data and info-graphic slides.