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
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.