News on Least developed countries

March 2024

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    Wage policies

    ILO reaches agreement on the issue of living wages

    15 March 2024

    A decision by the ILO’s Governing Body opens the way for new work by the ILO on estimating and operationalizing living wages, and on engaging with living wage initiatives.

February 2024

  1. ILO report

    High unemployment rates to worsen despite optimistic economic outlook in Arab States

    20 February 2024

    While many economies in the Arab States region continue their post-pandemic recovery, recovery of the labour market lags behind, requiring concerted efforts to intensify diversification and to create jobs in more resilient sectors, a new ILO report finds.

January 2024

  1. WESO Trends 2024

    World Employment and Social Outlook Trends 2024: ILO Director-General’s remarks

    10 January 2024

    While presenting the latest edition of the World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2024 to the press, ILO Director-General, Gilbert F. Houngbo explained how growing inequalities and stagnant productivity are causes for concern.

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    WESO Trends 2024

    Global unemployment rate set to increase in 2024 while growing social inequalities raise concerns, says ILO report

    10 January 2024

    Joblessness and the jobs gap have both fallen below pre-pandemic levels but global unemployment will rise in 2024, and growing inequalities and stagnant productivity are causes for concern, according to the ILO’s World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2024 report.

November 2023

  1. Integrating Trade and Decent Work

    New research analyses how trade and labour market polices can support decent work

    27 November 2023

    Integrating labour standards into trade and investment policies can balance economic and social goals, the ILO research finds.

July 2023

  1. © Staton Winter / UN Women 2024

    ILO, IFAD and CARE Coalition

    New partnership to promote decent work across food systems

    20 July 2023

    The new alliance between ILO, IFAD and CARE will promote decent work and productive employment, with the aim of tackling poverty and inequality in the sector while also promoting sustainable business.

May 2023

  1. Labour Day

    Time to prioritize social justice

    01 May 2023

    ILO Director-General calls for a Global Coalition for Social Justice and a reshaping of economic, social and environmental policies to create a more stable and equitable future.

April 2023

  1. © S.D. McCourtie / World Bank 2024

    World Bank / IMF Spring Meetings

    Social justice indispensable to overcome global challenges, ILO tells World Bank/IMF

    14 April 2023

    In statements delivered to the World Bank/International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings in Washington, the ILO Director-General, Gilbert F. Houngbo, highlighted growing inequality worldwide and the need for social justice.

  2. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    ILO Director-General statement to the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC)

    14 April 2023

  3. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    ILO Director-General statement to the Development Committee

    12 April 2023