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February 2016

  1. Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth

    Guy Ryder announces Global Youth Initiative

    01 February 2016

    A unique global partnership aims to lift the economic prospects of young people entering the workforce.

January 2016

  1. © ILO/ Awad Tawel 2016

    Refugee crisis

    Syria: Donors must help host countries meet refugee crisis

    29 January 2016

    Jobs and employment are key in the global response to the Syria refugee crisis. Ahead of a donor Conference on supporting Syria in London, ILO chief Guy Ryder visited Jordan to examine first-hand the effects of the massive refugee influx on the labour market, and to discuss employment options for refugees and the communities that host them.

  2. Interview with Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of ITUC

    What are the challenges and opportunities for Unions in 2016?

    27 January 2016

    The trade union movement faces significant challenges in 2016, in particular the respect of workers’ rights in many countries. Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) talks about the challenges and opportunities for unions in 2016.

  3. Meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Labour and Employment

    Labour and Employment Ministers of the BRICS countries adopted a joint declaration

    26 January 2016

    On 25–26 January, at the initiative of the Russian Federation, the first ever meeting of BRICS Ministers of Labour and Employment was held in the city of Ufa, in order to discuss the areas of cooperation in the field of labour relations and employment, social security and social integration in the group’s member states.

  4. ILO Forced Labour Convention

    United Kingdom joins renewed fight to end forced labour

    22 January 2016

    The UK has ratified the 2014 Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention, 1930, adding its support to Norway and Niger in the campaign to end modern slavery.

  5. © Salvatore Valastro 2016

    World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2016

    Global unemployment projected to rise in both 2016 and 2017

    19 January 2016

    Despite falling unemployment levels in some developed economies, new ILO analysis - World Employment and Social Outlook (WESO) - shows the global job crisis is not likely to end, especially in emerging economies.

  6. © Nadia Bseiso/ILO 2016

    Syrian Refugees and Labour Market

    ILO welcomes the introduction of work permits for refugees in Turkey

    18 January 2016

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) has welcomed the decision of the Turkish Government to issue work permits for refugees.

December 2015

  1. International Migrants Day 2015

    ILO announces winners of global media competition on reporting fairly on labour migration

    16 December 2015

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) has announced that articles on migrant mothers in South Africa and the challenges faced by female migrants in Mexico were the winning entries in its global competition on fair media reporting of the labour migration issue.

  2. © Xue hun / Imaginechina 2016

    International Migrants Day

    New ILO figures show 150 million migrants in the global workforce

    16 December 2015

    A new ILO statistical study provides estimates on labour migration, including regions and industries where international migrant workers are established and a special focus on migrants in domestic work.

  3. © Dominique Faget / AFP 2016

    COP 21

    ILO welcomes new climate change agreement committing nations to a just transition and the creation of decent work

    15 December 2015

    As the world moves to implement the Paris Agreement the ILO welcomes the recognition of the role of decent work in the transition.