ILO in the Arab States
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ILO in the Arab States

ILO Study
Jordan’s youth face a myriad of challenges when attempting to move from education to the workplace, according to a new ILO study.
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© Jenny Vaughan/AFP 2014
Green economy
ILO Director-General calls on EU environment and labour ministers to align policies for sustainable development.
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© ILO/Joseph Fortin 2014
Fair economy
The coop economy, worth around US$2.5 trillion, plays its part in helping to eliminate child labour – a problem that, although in decline, still affects 168 million children worldwide.

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© Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP 2014
International Day of Cooperatives - 5 July
"Cooperatives are an old idea, but one that is more relevant than ever if we look ahead at the development challenges and opportunities the world faces over the coming decades" says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.
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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.

Syrian Refugee Crisis in Jordan and Lebanon

Since 2012, the flow of refugees from Syria to neighbouring countries has continued unabated and today constitutes one of the largest, most protracted humanitarian emergencies of its kind. The refugee-receiving countries of Jordan and Lebanon were already experiencing difficult economic conditions before the Syrian crisis led to a dramatic increase in labour supply, which has added considerable pressure on their fragile labour markets. The effects of the crisis are also increasingly spilling over into neighbouring countries’ economic and social spheres, resulting in loss of economic activity and income as well as dwindling access to quality public services.

The "ILO Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis in Jordan and Lebanon" is development-focussed in its support of refugees and host communities and it aims to preserve social and economic stability at the national level.

What's new

  1. Labour Inspection

    Jordanian labour inspectors complete ILO training programme

    10 August 2014

    Newly recruited Jordanian labour inspectors complete the final round of an introductory training programme focused on occupational safety and health.

  2. Study

    ILO: Youth in Jordan face difficult transition from school to decent work

    21 July 2014

    Jordan’s youth face a myriad of challenges when attempting to move from education to the workplace, according to a new ILO study.

  3. © Jenny Vaughan / AFP 2014

    Green economy

    Ryder: World of work critical to greening the economy

    17 July 2014

    ILO Director-General calls on EU environment and labour ministers to align policies for sustainable development.

Publications

  1. Labour inspection, gender equality and non-discrimination in the Arab states: guide book

    This guide book builds on a number of global and regional materials on gender equality, discrimination and labour inspections.

  2. A manual for gender audit facilitators: The ILO participatory gender audit methodology (2nd Edition)

    This revised Manual provides gender audit facilitators with guidelines and practical instructions on how to plan and implement participatory gender audits (PGAs) in an organizational context.

  3. Tricked and Trapped: Human Trafficking in the Middle East

    This study sheds light on the situation of trafficked adult workers in the Middle East, both women and men.

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