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November 2009

  1. Learning About Decent Work Through a Bar of Chocolate

    05 November 2009

    More than 2 million children from some 60 countries took part in the 2009 international letter writing competition for young people organized by the Universal Postal Union (UPU). The theme chosen for this year was “Decent Work”, a theme at the heart of the work of the International Labour Organization (ILO). First prize was awarded to 14-year-old Dominika Koflerová from the Czech Republic. In her letter she writes about how a bar of fair trade chocolate lead her to realize the value of decent work. At an award ceremony at the International Labour Office in Geneva, Dominika read excerpts of her letter to an audience that included the UPU Director-General Edouard Dayan and ILO Director-General Juan Somavia.

October 2009

  1. Stand-Up and Take Action Against Poverty 2009, Geneva

    19 October 2009

    Hundreds of people gathered on 16 October at the ILO headquarters in Geneva to Stand Up Against Poverty in a joint action with UNDP and UN agencies. Together with ILO Director-General Mr Juan Somavia and UNDP Deputy Director Ms Najat Rochdi, participants read the SUTA 2009 Pledge and shared a soup for the benefit of a Red Cross Geneva training programme helping young people aged 16 to 25 to enter the labour market.

  2. ILO and WTO Launch Joint Study on Globalization and Informal jobs in Developing Countries

    12 October 2009

    A joint study from the International Labour Organization and the WTO has found that high incidence of informal employment in the developing world curbs countries ability to benefit from trade openings. ILO Director General, Juan Somavia, and WTO Director General, Pascal Lamy, opened a meeting in Geneva to launch the study.

  3. Bringing Better Work to Haiti's Garment Industry

    07 October 2009

    Better Work, the unique partnership programme of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), organized the first-ever international buyers forum in Haiti recently as part of a new project that is expected to create jobs and promote sustainable development and responsible labour practices in the countrys garment industry. Speaking at the forum was Ros Harvey, ILO's Global Programme Manager for Better Work. At a separate event for international business leaders sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), former US President Bill Clinton, UN special envoy to Haiti discussed what the Better Work programme could bring to the Haitian garment industry.

July 2009

  1. Director-General Juan Somavia presents the Global Jobs Pact to the High-level Segment of ECOSOC 2009

    06 July 2009

    At an ECOSOC High-level Policy Dialogue on current developments in the world economy, ILO Director-General Juan Somavia spoke about the ILO's Global Jobs Pact which aims at shortening the lag time between growth recovery and employment recovery. The Pact proposes a range of crisis-response measures that countries can adapt to their specific needs and situation.

June 2009

  1. The Honourable Mr. Bruce Golding, Prime Minister, Jamaica, addressing the ILO Summit on Global jobs crisis (in English)

    16 June 2009

    Presidents and delegates gathered in Geneva during the International Labour Conference to discuss the global jobs crisis at the largest global gathering of leaders from the world of work. Heads of State and Government called on the ILO to examine and participate in discussions to find a solution to the jobs crisis.

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