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March 2013

  1. Economic crisis, social injustice and youth unemployment threatens democracy in Europe, says leader of the European Parliament

    22 March 2013

    Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, noted that the ILO and the EP were among "the first to oppose austerity measures" as a response to the economic downturn and stressed the need for a balance between fiscal discipline and growth. Managing the crisis, he said, could provide an unprecedented opportunity to achieve transformational change in European economies.

  2. Roundtable on sustaining growth and job creation in Africa

    19 March 2013

    Despite the global economic and financial crisis, African economies have continued to record average annual economic growth of five per cent. Six of the world's fastest growing economies are in Africa, making the continent the world's second fastest growing region. How this growth can be sustained and be harnessed to create more jobs, was the focus of discussion among employers at a roundtable organized by the International Organization of Employers (IOE) in collaboration with the ILO and Business Africa. The highlight of the event was the presentation of McKinsey's Global Institute study: "Africa at Work: Job Creation and Inclusive Growth".

  3. We are all united to stop gender-based violence, says ILO Chief

    08 March 2013

    Violence in the world of work is deeply injurious to women and men, and there are obvious consequences for their families and societies, said ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder speaking at the International Women's Day event at the ILO. Mr Ryder stressed how putting an end to gender-based violence at work is integral to the promotion of decent work. Ms Janes Hodges, Director of the Bureau for Gender Equality of the ILO moderated the event; Ms Sarah Fox, Legal Counsel, American Federation of Labour and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and Ms Brenda Cuthbert of the Jamaica Employers' Federation (JEF) participated in the panel debate, while Dr Charlotte Harland Scott of the Republic of Zambia delivered the keynote address.

February 2013

  1. ILO Chief calls for immediate action to tackle unemployment

    15 February 2013

    ILO Director General, Guy Ryder, stressed how "world unemployment is still on the rise, and the feeling of the need to act and change is very much on our mind". While addressing the Eurofound 2013 Forum in Dublin, Ireland, Mr. Ryder went on to say how the social investment package offers an important opportunity to begin to move to a different direction, as people need to be brought back to the labour market. He concluded, it is not acceptable to tolerate levels of youth unemployment which are lived in millions of lives of quiet desperation.

December 2012

  1. ILO Chief visits Thailand

    15 December 2012

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, visited Thailand as part of his first trip to Asia since taking office in October 2012. He toured the Marine Gold Products Company PP Tan shrimp peeling facility in Samut Sakhon Province, where he met with workers and managers on the factory floor to hear first hand about their working lives.

November 2012

  1. Youth guarantee schemes: Opportunities and challenges

    05 November 2012

    Listen to a group of experts talk about the benefits of youth guarantees programmes and join in the online discussion.

  2. The World Bank's World Development Report 2013, presented at the ILO

    02 November 2012

    The ILO welcomed the World Bank's World Development Report 2013, entitled "Jobs", a timely publication in the midst of the economic crisis.

August 2012

June 2012

  1. "Reconciliation, not retribution" says Aung San Suu Kyi in the first press conference of her European tour

    14 June 2012

    Aung San Suu Kyi fielded a wide range of questions at the first press conference of her Europe visit held after addressing the International Labour Conference. The Nobel laureate stressed the importance of the rule of law to put an end to conflicts in Myanmar, called for more vigilence around responsible and uncorrupted borders regarding cross-border migration to Bangladesh. She said, "We should look for restorative rather than retributive justice."

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