09 June 2009
Delegates attending a high-level panel hosted by the Government of Denmark and the ILO discussed the links between climate change and the world of work and the new global climate agreement to be reached in Copenhagen in December 2009. Panellists included Inger Støjberg, Minister of Employment of Denmark, Tariq Banuri, director UN/DESA, Prof. James Heintz, University of Massachusetts, United States, Tatiana Tobias, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Brazil, Ronnie Goldberg, vice-chair International Organisation of Employers (IOE), Alison Tate, International Centre for Trade Union Rights, Australia
03 June 2009
A six to eight year employment and social protection crisis may ensue if measures are not urgently taken now to avert it, according to ILO Director-General Juan Somavia in his opening remarks to the 98th International Labour Conference. He called on delegates to adopt a "Global Jobs Pact" to remedy a lag in employment recovery.
12 May 2009
Forced Labour costs USD 20 billion per year - Roger Plant, Head of the ILO's Special Action Programme to combat Forced Labour, explains the financial as well as moral reasons why governments throughout the world must crack down on forced labour.
23 March 2009
The Director of the International Monetary Fund Dominique Strauss-Kahn has called for increased cooperation between the IMF and the International Labour Organization, saying that coordination between multilateral institutions was crucial in addressing the global economic crisis. He was speaking at a high level meeting of the ILO in Geneva.
13 March 2009
Nobel prize-winning economist, Professor Joseph Stiglitz, addressed a special sitting of the Governing Body on the impact of the global financial and economic crisis. He was presented with the 2008 ILO Decent Work Research Prize by ILO Director-General, Juan Somavia, who praised his call for a more balanced globalization and stronger regulation of financial markets.