October 2016

  1. Exhibition “Building a future of decent work for refugees and migrant workers”

    27 October 2016

    The ILO is hosting a new exhibition highlighting the challenges and opportunities that migrant workers and refugees face and the positive impact that the ILO’s decent work approach can have on their lives.

September 2016

  1. The Future of Work Centenary Initiative

    06 September 2016

    The world of work is undergoing a major process of change. In order to understand and to respond effectively to these new challenges the International Labour Organization has launched a "Future of Work initiative" in order to be able to advance its mandate for social justice. The unit in charge of the Future of Work initiative seeks to involve the ILO's tripartite constituency fully and universally, but also to reach beyond them to the academic world and to all other relevant and interested actors. (Closed Captions available) Learn more at:

  2. Fair Migration in the Arab States

    05 September 2016

    The Regional Fair Migration Project in the Middle East (FAIRWAY project) supports implementation of the ILO Fair Migration Agenda in the region (endorsed by the Abu Dhabi Dialogue in November 2014), and other ILO projects in addressing the decent work deficits of migrant workers. In particular, the project promotes fair migration (including fair recruitment) and contributes to combating forced labour and trafficking for labour exploitation.

July 2016

  1. Tricked and trafficked: A harrowing real-life story

    30 July 2016

    Listen to Gulnara’s story of being trafficked into forced prostitution – as told by actress Robin Wright, for the 50 For Freedom campaign to end modern slavery.

  2. © Tabitha Ross / ILO 2020

    Child labourers in Lebanon: The power of play

    11 July 2016

    The incidence of child labour in agriculture is on the rise in Lebanon, especially in the Beqaa Valley region which is host to a large number of Syrian refugees. The ILO held a funfair in the area to raise awareness amongst refugees and locals of the risks and hazards of child labour in agriculture. It included plays written and performed by child labourers and their parents, highlighting aspects of their plight and helping them relieve some of the distress they feel due to their situation. The ILO organized the event with funding from the Denmark-led Regional Protection and Development Programme, and in cooperation with Lebanon’s Ministry of Labour and the NGO Beyond Association.

  3. © Tabitha Ross 2020

    Hazardous work in agriculture: no place for a child

    11 July 2016

    Host to hundreds of thousands of refugees who have fled the war in neighbouring Syria, Lebanon has witnessed a rise in child labour in recent years, largely in the hazardous agricultural sector.

June 2016

  1. Innovative global and regional partnerships are essential for youth employment

    09 June 2016

    Millions of young people worldwide are having difficulty finding a decent job. Many in the informal economy are facing poverty and few prospects for a brighter future. At a High-Level World of Work Summit at the 105th International Labour Conference, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder told delegates that investment in young people is investing in the future of entire societies. At the Summit, delegates heard a number of concrete steps to bring more young people into the world of work including building strong national and international partnerships that promote green jobs, focus on young people in rural areas and create opportunities to enhance digital skills.

  2. Realizing a future of fair migration

    08 June 2016

    As migrants fleeing poverty and persecution continue to make headlines around the world, how can we create systems of governance that provide regular and safe migration to meet migrants’ rights and labour market needs? The ILO's Salwa Kanaana discusses with Michelle Leighton, ILO Chief of Migration Branch, and Ruba Jaradat, ILO Regional Director for the Arab States.

  3. Global Supply Chains: Lessons from Bahrain

    06 June 2016

    Hasan Alhalwachi, General Secretary of the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions (GFBTU) explains the challenges of Global Supply Chains in Bahrain and how Trade Unions can implement decent work in global supply chains.

  4. Job creation and employment: The case of Jordan

    06 June 2016

    Haidar Touran, General Secretary of the General Federation of Jordan Trade Unions (GFJTU) explains the challenges of job creation and employment in Jordan.

May 2016

  1. It's here: The 105th International Labour Conference

    26 May 2016

    The 105th International Labour Conference gets underway in Geneva, Switzerland from 30 May - 12 June. This year's session brings together over 4,000 delegates from around the globe to discuss the most pressing issues facing the world of work today. Youth employment, global supply chains and decent work in fragile states will all be high on the agenda.

  2. ILO Director-General Guy Ryder visits Harran District in Turkey’s southeastern Sanliurfa province

    25 May 2016

    International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General Guy Ryder visits Harran District in Turkey’s southeastern Sanliurfa province and meets with Syrian refugees in the camp to hear some of their needs and concerns.

  3. Syrian refugees in Turkey train for better jobs with their host communities

    23 May 2016

    Syrian refugees and members of the host community are taking part in Turkish language courses and vocational training programmes to increase their employability. These programmes in Turkey are being implemented by local partners with support from the ILO to improve livelihoods and decent work opportunities for both communities. (Closed Captions available)

  4. Tackling the twin challenges of child labour and youth unemployment through apprenticeships

    03 May 2016

    The International L​abour Organization and the International Youth Foundation have joined forces to tackle child labour and help young workers at risk of exploitation through upgrading apprenticeships in Jordan. The programme involves youth aged between 16 and 24 who are either engaged in child labour or who are vulnerable to exploitation due to being engaged in unregulated, and sometimes hazardous work.

March 2016

  1. ILO Director-General calls for improved conditions for water workers

    22 March 2016

    In his message for World Water Day, Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General and Chair of UN-Water, highlights the situation of the some 1.5 billion people who work in water, many of whom are not recognized for the work they do, nor protected by basic labour rights.

February 2016

  1. © Alia Haju/ILO 2020

    Women in agriculture

    22 February 2016

    An ILO initiative in north Lebanon is training women on food preparation and marketing, to help them make a living, market excess produce, and carve a visible role for themselves in the agricultural sector.

  2. Guy Ryder talks jobs for Syrian refugees with Richard Quest

    04 February 2016

    90% of refugees in Jordan live in poverty. Guy Ryder, the Director-General of the ILO, says that there is a consensus that we need to find legal pathways for refugees into local labour markets. It is possible to combine the interests of local workers and Syrian refugees.

  3. Including jobs and livelihoods in Syria Donor Conference encouraging, says ILO

    03 February 2016

    By including jobs, livelihoods and education in its agenda, the Syria Donor Conference in London will help address urgent developmental as well as humanitarian needs, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder tells the Associated Press. (Begins at 2:56)

January 2016

  1. © ILO/Awad Tawel 2020

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder: Decent Work key to helping Syria refugees and host communities

    29 January 2016

    Creating jobs and boosting livelihoods for both refugees and local communities in host countries is vital for the success of the global response to the Syria refugee crisis, said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder during his first official visit to Jordan, host to hundreds of thousands of Syria refugees (subtitles in English and Arabic are available in closed caption).

  2. Gaza fishers gain new skills and greater hope for future employment

    14 January 2016

    An ILO training initiative gives a group of young Gaza fishers, beleaguered by severe restrictions on movement and trade, a chance to learn new skills and increase their chances of employment.