ILO in the Arab States

The ILO Regional Office for Arab States promotes decent work in the Levant and the Gulf, covering 11 countries: Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, UAE, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain. ILO activities in the occupied Palestinian territory are also part of the Regional Office portfolio.

What's new

  1. News

    United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory launches string of ILO projects in Gaza

    27 April 2015

    James Rawley presides over the launch of ILO projects as part of the UN-wide response to the loss of Palestinian livelihoods and economic opportunity in Gaza.

  2. Informal economy

    Jordan endorses a national framework for regulating the informal economy

    27 April 2015

    The national framework backs an integrated approach for upgrading the informal economy in Jordan through supporting informal enterprises and workers alike

  3. World Day for Safety and Health at Work

    Jordan marks Occupational Safety and Health Day

    As part of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, Jordan organizes a series of activities to raise awareness on safety in the construction sector.


  1. Demographic and Labour Market Trends in Yemen

    A background paper to frame the interface between the youth employment challenge and the national migration policy.

  2. Manual on Skills Testing and Certification: Jordan

    This manual contains the minimum requirements for skills testing and certification processes in Jordan. It does not constitute an academic curriculum on assessment methods but is expected to be used as a core reference by test developers and assessors and all those concerned with skills testing in the country, at least for the first three occupational levels.

  3. Labour inspection in Arab states: progress and challenges

    This is a comparative overview of labour inspection systems in selected Arab countries. It compiles available information on practices and areas of progress. It also highlights major knowledge gaps and areas where improvement is needed in ensuring effective and modern labour administration and inspection systems.