Events coverage

May 2010

  1. Signing Ceremony with the Alliance of Civilizations and the ILO

    25 May 2010

    ILO Director-General Juan Somavia and Alliance of Civilizations High representative, and former President of Portugal, Jorge Sampaio signed a joint declaration of cooperation. The agreement is designed to promote inter-cultural dialogue in areas of common interest such as improving the situation of young people, addressing the particular situation of migrants, eliminating inequalities and combating all forms of discrimination.

March 2010

  1. UNDP's Helen Clark says Global Jobs Pact paves the way out of recession

    22 March 2010

    UNDP Administrator Helen Clark cited the ILO's Global Jobs Pact as the fair and just way for nations to emerge from the recession. Addressing the ILO's Governing Body, she said that if the market were left to its own devices, there could be a significant time lag between the return of economic growth and a lift in employment. The Global Jobs Pact is important because it puts jobs at the center of responses to the crisis.

  2. "What's Working for Working Women" Panel Discussion Highlights

    11 March 2010

    Each year, ILO celebrates International Women's Day on March 8 with an event honouring working women of courage and conviction. In 2010, the ILO held a panel discussion about "What's working for working women", with participants from Angola, Botswana, Brazil, Ghana, and the Philippines.

  3. Shakira Receives Social Justice Award at the ILO - Highlights

    03 March 2010

    Internationally-acclaimed recording artist and humanitarian Shakira was honoured today by the International Labour Organization (ILO) for her work promoting the advancement of children and youth around the world.

  4. Shakira Receives Social Justice Award at the ILO - Extended coverage

    03 March 2010

    Internationally-acclaimed recording artist and humanitarian Shakira was honoured today by the International Labour Organization (ILO) for her work promoting the advancement of children and youth around the world

November 2009

  1. Actress Marlee Matlin Headlines Panel Discussion on People with Disabilities in Times of Economic Crisis

    13 November 2009

    Marlee Matlin, the youngest winner of an Academy Award for Best Actress and an advocate for persons with disabilities, was the special guest headlining a panel discussion on the impact of the global economic crisis on women and men with disabilities. During her visit to Geneva, Marlee Matlin also visited a classroom of deaf children who shared with her their hopes for the future and places to visit in Geneva. (Closed Captions available)

  2. 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.