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October 2013

  1. Place employment at centre of economic strategies, says ILO Director-General

    28 October 2013

    Representatives of the ILO's Governing Body gathered at a High Level meeting to discuss key issues facing the world of work. Launching the discussion, the ILO's Director-General Guy Ryder spoke about the state of the world's economies and the difficult environment facing enterprises and workers in the real economy. He pointed to growing evidence showing how economic strategies with a central focus on employment can sustain global growth, boost investment and create more and better jobs.

  2. Fighting child labour cannot be a temporary effort

    10 October 2013

    As the three-day Global Conference on Child Labour came to a close in Brasilia, former child labourers, the ILO Director-General and former President of Brazil Luis Inácio Lula da Silva all stressed the need to continue the fight against child labour.

  3. ILO Chief meets former child labourers in Cuiabá - Mato Grosso

    09 October 2013

    While in Brazil for the III Global Conference on Child Labour (Brasilia, 8-10 October 2013), ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, met with the beneficiaries of the "Me Encontrei" programme in Cuiabá, the capital city of the Brazilian State of Mato Grosso. The programme, supported by the ILO and local authorities, allows former child labourers to complete their education and receive training to enter the job market.

  4. Highlights of the opening ceremony of the III Global Child Labour Conference

    08 October 2013

    Warning that the common goal to eliminate the worst forms of child labour will not be met by 2016 at the current rate of progress, ILO Director General Guy Ryder and Brazilian President Dilma Roussef urged delegates to redouble their efforts at the opening of the Third Global Conference on Child Labour . President Dilma Roussef joined him in calling for the commitment of all nations to eradicate child labour through coordinated and integrated action.

September 2013

  1. ILO showcases Decent Work at CERN Open Day weekend

    30 September 2013

    As the world's largest particle physics laboratory opened its doors to the public the weekend of 28-29 September, the ILO showed the difference decent work makes to peoples' lives from school to retirement, with a fun exhibition that allowed visitors to make their very own contribution to the campaigns to end modern-day slavery and stop child labour.

July 2013

  1. Veolia Environnement CEO signs safety and health declaration

    01 July 2013

    Veolia Environnement -- a leading global water, waste and energy management company - has joined more than 300 signatories in support of the Seoul Declaration to promote workplace safety and health worldwide. The agreement was signed at the headquarters of the International Labour Organization (ILO) by Antoine Frérot, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Veolia Environnement.

June 2013

  1. The International Labour Conference ends its 102nd session

    20 June 2013

    In his closing remarks at the 102nd International Labour Conference, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, called for urgent action in a number of critical areas to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving world of work.

  2. Early and long-term unemployment leave deep scars says EC President

    14 June 2013

    President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy highlighted the need to urgently tackle the youth unemployment crisis in his address to the ILO's 102nd International Labour Conference. He said the European Council has redirected considerable amounts of EU funds, which have directly benefited 800,000 young people in the eight most affected countries.

  3. Malawi is committed to combat child labour, says H.E. Mrs Joyce Banda

    12 June 2013

    H.E. Mrs Joyce Banda, President of Malawi pledged "to continue to champion the zero tolerance to child labour in Malawi, and also to intensify programs to eradicate the poverty which is the root cause of this problem". In her first visit to the ILO's International Labour Conference Mrs. Banda also added that "in these times of widespread economic challenges arising from the global financial and economic crisis, the relevance of the ILO today has become glaringly clear". After addressing the plenary sitting, Mrs Banda met with the African delegates of governments, workers' and employers' organizations.

  4. Protecting worker rights in global supply chains

    10 June 2013

    At an information session of the 2013 International Labour Conference, trade union representatives criticized the practice of social audits and workplace certification for failing to protect worker rights, particularly in global supply chains. They welcomed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh that aims to prevent tragedies like the Ran Plaza factory building collapse in which over 1100 workers died.

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