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June 2003

  1. Press release

    ILO Director-General calls for immediate release of Aung San Suu Kyi from detention in Myanmar

    09 June 2003

    The Director-General of the International Labour Office (ILO) today called on the government of Myanmar to take "immediate measures" to release Aung San Suu Kyi and those of her supporters who have reportedly been detained by the authorities in that country recently.

  2. Press release

    EU accession labour ministers to discuss pension reform issues

    09 June 2003

    Labour ministers of the 13 European Union (EU) accession countries - 10 of which are expected to become members of the EU on 1 May 2004 - are to meet during the ILO's annual International Labour Conference here to discuss pension reforms in their respective states.

  3. Press release

    Working out of Poverty: Somavia presents new anti-poverty proposals to ILO annual conference

    06 June 2003

    Global efforts aimed at cutting poverty in half by 2015 will fail unless new ways are found to create opportunities for the world's poor to work for a decent living, says Juan Somavia, Director-General of the International Labour Office (ILO).

  4. Press release

    ILO Conference opens talks on new seafarer identity cards: Initiative receives new impetus from G8

    05 June 2003

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) has launched negotiations on a new, more rigorous identity regime for seafarers with the aim of developing effective protection against terrorism, while at the same time ensuring the rights and freedoms of the world's 1.2 million maritime workers.

  5. Press release

    Vanuatu becomes 176th ILO member State

    04 June 2003

    The Pacific Ocean island State of Vanuatu became the 176th member of the International Labour Organization following receipt in Geneva of a letter from Mr Joe Natuman, MP, Minister for Internal Affairs, stating, on behalf of the Government, that Vanuatu formally accepts the obligations of the Constitution of the ILO.

  6. Press release

    International Labour Conference opens

    03 June 2003

    The 91 st Session of the International Labour Conference opened today, electing as its president, the Hon. Michael Christopher Wamalwa, Vice-President and Labour Minister of Kenya.

  7. Press release

    H.E. Mr. Luíz Inácio Lula da Silva, President of Brazil addresses ILO

    02 June 2003

    In his first address to a United Nations organization since becoming President of Brazil, Luíz Inácio Lula da Silva told the International Labour Organization (ILO) today the industrialized countries were failing to reconcile "words and deeds", and that "the war against hunger and poverty is the only one we are interested in".

May 2003

  1. Press release

    Conference Preview 91st International Labour Conference opens on 3 June

    30 May 2003

    The 91st International Labour Conference, which gets underway in Geneva on Tuesday, 3 June, is to consider a host of issues ranging from a new plan for fighting poverty worldwide, to enhancing safety and security in the workplace and eliminating discrimination.

  2. Article

    ILO: Travel woes: tourism and travel jobs suffer new decline

    23 May 2003

    Since January of 2002, when the ILO first reported major job losses in the travel and tourism sector due to post-September 11 economic woes and security concerns, the sector  is facing new problems. The recent outbreak of SARS has further cut into the sector, axing more jobs. ILO analyst Dirk Belau answers questions about the problems facing the sector.

  3. Article

    After the G8: ILO discussion on security for seafarers takes on new urgency

    23 May 2003

    The just-ended G8 meeting in Evian, France, cited the need to work urgently through the ILO to develop a heightened security regime for the world's 1.2 million seafarers. Since the 9/11 attacks, the need for secure and internationally agreed identity documents for seafarers has become even more important to ocean-going trade and commerce, as their freedom of movement comes under greater scrutiny or is denied altogether. Discussions at this year's International Labour Conference will seek agreement on new security measures for seafarers that could be implemented as early as June 2004.