Press releases

This is a list of official ILO press releases issued by the ILO Office in Sri Lanka. The most recent release is at the top.


  1. Marking a centenary of service to the world: ILO celebrates with communities in Jaffna, Sri Lanka

    20 March 2019

    In Sri Lanka, the ILO marks its 71st year of partnership. In light of its long-term engagement with the people of Sri Lanka, including in the Northern Province, the ILO celebrated its centenary across the North between 18th and 19th March 2019.

  2. “The Future of Work in Sri Lanka” report launch

    13 March 2019

    Shaping technology transitions for a brighter future

  3. Sri Lanka’s first ever ‘eco-recommended’ fisheries

    27 February 2019

    With the support of the ILO Local Empowerment through Economic Development (LEED) project funded by the Australian government, two blue swimming crab fisheries in Sri Lanka become the country’s first ever ‘eco-recommended’ fisheries. The five-year collaborative efforts involved the local seafood industry, government agencies and fishery cooperatives.

  4. ILO/World Bank: Increased exports in Sri Lanka can improve jobs, raise wages

    25 February 2019

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    Only one third of children covered by social protection: ILO, UNICEF

    06 February 2019

    A new report by UNICEF and the ILO highlights the critical need to extend social protection to all children.

  6. ILO supports flood-affected micro, small and medium enterprises in Ratnapura

    24 January 2019

    Under ILO’s global flagship “Jobs for Peace and Resilience” programme, immediate flood support was given to 69 entrepreneurs in the Ratnapura Division to restart their businesses on 21st January 2019.

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    A human-centred agenda needed for a decent future of work

    22 January 2019

    A Universal Labour Guarantee, social protection from birth to old age and an entitlement to lifelong learning are among ten recommendations made in a landmark report by the ILO’s Global Commission on the Future of Work.

  8. Global Commission to launch landmark Future of Work report

    14 January 2019

  9. 100 years of fighting for Social Justice

    02 January 2019

    To welcome the beginning of the ILO’s century year, we look at the organization’s history and impact – and how it is preparing for its second century.


  1. ILO Boosts Disaster Resilience of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in Sri Lanka

    27 December 2018

    With the support from Government of Japan ILO assist in strengthening climate change resilience and disaster recovery within Sri Lanka’s MSME sector.

  2. International Migrants Day 2018.

    18 December 2018

    Sri Lanka’s Migrant Women Domestic Workers: The Family Background Report five years on

  3. International Day of Persons with Disabilities: Shaping an Inclusive World of Work in Sri Lanka

    03 December 2018

    The Employers’ Disability Network, pioneered by the International Labour Organization and Employers Federation of Ceylon, has been lauded as a case study for mainstreaming disability into the world of work

  4. ILO CLEAR project (Country Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce Child Labour) joined forces with Department of Manpower and Employment to strengthen School to Work Transition

    28 November 2018

    The ToT training programme on school to work transition was held in Colombo on 26th and 27th November 2018 and 44 career guidance officers and Human Resource Development Officers from Deparment of Manpower and Employment trained from Gampaha and Colombo districts.

  5. Better Jobs and economic resilience through disaster resilience of rural communities

    11 October 2018

    ILO looks to increase resilience of flood-affected plantation communities in South and West and drought-affected farmers in Northern Sri Lanka

  6. Technology and the future of work

    19 September 2018

    The impact of emerging technologies, automation, artificial intelligence, data and digitization on the future of work was discussed at a meeting in Sri Lanka, hosted by the ILO Country Office and Tandem Research, of Goa, India.

  7. Joining forces to promote inclusive growth for conflict-affected communities in Sri-Lanka

    05 September 2018

    ILO flagship project “LEED+” (Local Empowerment through Economic Development and Reconciliation) to be scaled up with the support of Australia and Norway.

  8. ILO @ 100: A year of celebration

    03 September 2018

    In 2019, the ILO will celebrate its 100th anniversary. The Centenary will be an opportunity to celebrate the ILO’s achievements and reaffirm its position as the authoritative global organization for the world of work.

  9. Lanka’s first unanimous cooperative policy ready after a decade’s work

    21 August 2018

    AAfter a decade of country-wide efforts involving eight million members, the first ever national policy for Sri Lanka’s historic cooperative sector has finally been tabled at Cabinet for finalisation before approval.

  10. Focused Enhancement and Revitalization for an Effective NLAC - Tripartite Study Tour to South Africa

    21 August 2018

    The ILO Country Office for Sri Lanka and the Maldives has organised a tripartite study tour to South Africa from 20th - 25th August, at the request of the tripartite constituents

  11. Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Training for Workers and Managers in Tea Plantations

    08 August 2018

    The ILO, in cooperation with National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of Sri Lanka has carried out a series of training workshops aiming to improve safety, health and productivity of the tea plantations.