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June 2014

  1. Ban Ki-moon: Decent work for youth backbone of development

    18 June 2014

    During his second visit to the ILO, UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, defined youth unemployment as an "epidemic" which represents a great test of our time. Mr Ban also stressed how the global youth unemployment situation is intolerable, and called for an increasing collaboration and cooperation on employment and entrepreneurship for youth.

  2. Red Card to Child Labour:
    Aerial art from Botafogo Beach, Rio de Janeiro

    12 June 2014

    More than a thousand people came together on Botafogo Beach in Rio de Janeiro to form a giant Aerial Art image to raise awareness of the 168 million of children worldwide who are in child labour. Against the backdrop of Sugar Loaf Mountain, the volunteers created a human pinwheel - the emblem of the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC). This was the main launch event to mark the start of the ILO's new Red Card to Child Labour Campaign. The Aerial Artist is John Quigley/Spectral Q, and the event was produced by Patricia Foulkrod.

  3. Behind-the-scenes: Aerial art in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    11 June 2014

    As part of the launch of the 2014 edition of the Red Card to Child Labour Campaign, the ILO commissioned aerial artist John Quiqley to create a giant image on Botafogo Beach in Rio de Janeiro that could be photographed from the air. More than one thousand volunteers, both young and old, came together to raise awareness of the 168 million child labourers worldwide by creating a colourful human pinwheel -- the symbol for the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC). Watch the highlights capturing the spirit of the event.

  4. New Protocol adopted to eliminate contemporary forms of slavery

    11 June 2014

    A new legally binding Protocol aimed at strengthening global efforts to combat forced labour was largely adopted by government, employer and worker delegates to the International Labour Conference (ILC). "This is truly a historic moment because delegates in this room have now modernized effectively Convention 29, which was adopted 84 years ago. We have much stronger measures now to protect the victims and to prevent Forced Labour", said Beate Andrees, Head of the ILO Special Action Programme to Combat Forced Labour.

  5. IPEC remains and must remain a flagship programme of the ILO, said Guy Ryder

    10 June 2014

    Following the performance of the class choir and orchestra - Gabriel Peri School (France), ILO's Director-General, Guy Ryder, opened the International Steering Committee meeting of the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC). He reminded the progress the ILO has made in the fight to eradicate the worst forms of child labour. ILO's Corinne Vargha (Branch Chief, Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work), Christina Behrendt (Social Policy Specialist) and Paula Montagner (Brazilian Ministry of Social Development) highlighted the importance of social protection in combating child labour.

  6. Mongolian PM addresses the 103rd International Labour Conference

    09 June 2014

    Norovyn Altankhuyag of Monglia addressed the 103rd International Labour Conference in Geneva, as the first Prime Minister representing the Asian country at the ILO's annual Conference. Mr. Altankhuyag praised the cultivating and fruitful cooperation between his country and the ILO across a broad range of areas, including labour and social welfare.

  7. Jordan's PM: Investing in human resources, pivotal to social and economic progress

    09 June 2014

    While addressing the 103rd International Labour Conference, H.E. Mr Abdullah Ensour, Prime Minister of Jordan, stressed that political, social and economic reforms in his country constitute an ongoing process which need to be sustained by democratic consent. The Jordanian Government is convinced that the growth of the country's economy is conditional to the growth of the productivity of its labour force. Mr Ensour also called for the support of the international community to help the Kingdom in dealing with the consequences of the Syrian humanitarian crisis affecting Jordan.

  8. Prof. Deepak Nayyar: "What is good for employment is good for growth"

    09 June 2014

    The financial crisis and ongoing recession provide an opportunity to rethink macroeconomic policies and place employment at their centre, said Professor Deepak Nayyar, Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, in a speech to delegates at the 103rd International Labour Conference. The ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder and Professor Nayyar opened a day of discussion at the conference focussed on "Developing with Jobs".

  9. ILO ready to pick up challenges that lie at the core of its mandate

    05 June 2014

    The ILO's Director-General, Guy Ryder, presented a new publication on the recent achievements of the Organization's development cooperation, titled 'The ILO at Work: Development Results 2012-2013'. “This report is published at a time of major change in international development corporation, greater coherence between UN agencies and other development actors is being promoted, and has resulted in new ways of working and greater policy making in a one UN framework”, said Ryder during his presentation.

  10. Development strategy must strive to make growth more economically and socially inclusive, says ILO Chief

    04 June 2014

    A joint ILO-UNCTAD publication, titled "Transforming Economies: Making industrial policy work for growth, jobs and development" was launched by the ILO's Director-General, Guy Ryder, and UNCTAD's Secretary General, Mukhisa Kituyi. The book presents 8 case studies of countries across the development spectrum, from sub-Saharan Africa to the United States. According to the authors the clear implication from those studies is that government has an essential role in the successful development.

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