Press releases

This is a list of official ILO press releases issued by the ILO Office in Pakistan. Some are available in Urdu and this is indicated on the top of each release. The most recent release is at the top.


  1. The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to implement a “Coordinated Social Protection System: under One Window Operation” in the province

    05 August 2016

    ILO is supporting the Government of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Province for establishing first ever ‘One-Window Operation’ for Social Protection on pilot basis. A two-day workshop was organized in Peshawar with more than 50 stakeholders to design the OWO and ensure its ownership by the relevant institutions.

  2. Closing Ceremony of One UN Project: ‘Livelihood restoration, protection and sustainable empowerment of vulnerable peasant communities in the Sindh Province (LRP)’

    01 July 2016

    A One UN project implemented by ILO, FAO and UN WOMEN in 120 villages of rural Sindh showcased its achievements through a closeout event in Islamabad on July 1, 2016. Project supported 11800 insecure, unprotected and the most vulnerable families who have endured devastating floods of 2010, rebuild their lives and attained their Human Security.

  3. Promoting Safe Migration from Pakistan: Pakistan Overseas Employment Promoters Association launches a Code of Conduct on Ethical Recruitment

    22 June 2016

    Pakistan Overseas Employment Promoters Association (POEPA) today took a historical step towards ensuring fair and ethical recruitment of migrant workers, when the industry launched its first ever Code of Conduct on Ethical Recruitment. The launch was made in the presence of 350 representatives from private recruitment agencies. The Code of Conduct on Ethical Recruitment was developed with support by the ILO South Asia Labour Migration Governance Project.

  4. Third meeting of the Garment Sector Stakeholders’ Forum (GSSF) and GIZ tripartite dialogue workshop

    09 May 2016

    The third GSSF meeting focused on GSP+ in Pakistan and GIZ’s dialogue approach. The Ministry for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development led a lively discussion on the implementation gap in Pakistan and members of the forum gave interesting feedback on how implementation of the ILO’s core conventions could be improved in the future.

  5. National framework on elimination of child and bonded labour agreed

    02 May 2016

    The first national consultative meeting on the ”National Strategy on the Elimination of Child and Bonded Labour in Pakistan” brought together over thirty high-level representatives of the Federal and Provincial governments, employers and workers to discuss and draw consensus on the goals, components and implementation structure of the framework. The national strategy was developed by the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, Government of Pakistan with technical assistance of the International Labour Organization [ILO].

  6. Commemoration of International Day on Health and Safety at Work

    28 April 2016

    Every year worldwide 28th April is remembered as World Day for Safety and Health at Work. This year it was commemorated under the theme “Workplace Stress: a collective challenge”. On this day, in Pakistan also, an event was organised where ILO along with its stakeholders reaffirmed their commitment towards the goal of safer workplaces. During this event, the annual EFP OSH&E Awards were also distributed amongst the winners.

  7. Peasants demand land reforms, setting up of Harri Courts, Provision of their human & labour rights

    17 April 2016

    ILO supported the launch of ‘report on State of Peasants Rights in Sindh’. The report published by Harri Welfare Association discusses the plight of peasants as driven by the socio-cultural, political, legal, administrative and financial factors. It also emphasizes the need for pro-peasant policies and actions in line with UN’s draft declaration on peasants’ rights and ILO conventions C-11 and C-29.

  8. Pakistan’s first Migrant Resource Centre inaugurated in Islamabad

    12 April 2016

    The momentous occasion of the official opening of the Pakistan’s first ever Migrant Resource Centre (MRC), was held on the 12th of April 2016 in the presence of the representatives from government departments, civil society, INGOs, NGOs and media. Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development has established this centre in collaboration with the ILO, EU and ICMPD.

  9. ILO organized World Water Day with theme “Better Water, Better Jobs” in Pakistan

    24 March 2016

    The Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Pakistan are organizing a seminar on the theme: Better Water, Better Jobs, to mark the World Water day and thus magnify the focus on water related issues and inspire collective thinking on the important issue of jobs in relation to water.

  10. Pakistan Buyers Forum initiate plans to improve labour conditions in textile and garment supply chains

    24 February 2016

    During the 5th meeting of the buyers forum convened by ILO, IFC and the Dutch Embassy, held on 23rd February 2015, a total of 21 participants representing 15 international brands and sourcing agents re-committed to promoting sustainability of textiles in Pakistan. The forum reached a consensus on aligning internal efforts to approaching key issues related to working conditions in the textile sector through effective policy and advocacy, enterprise improvement and improved communication.

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    A better way for Pakistani migrant workers to combat exploitation

    10 February 2016

    An internet service will make it easier for Pakistani workers abroad to make formal complaints in cases of alleged deception in recruitment or exploitation in employment.

  12. Providing starting points for future entrepreneurs

    08 February 2016

    Distribution of toolkits to 50 entrepreneurs, to help them start up their own small enterprises. On 3rd February 2016 by The Assistant Commissioner of Dadu Mr. Ghulam Shabbir Rind.

  13. Awareness raising seminar on Sindh Industrial Relations Act

    03 February 2016

    On 28th January 2016 a total of 70 representatives of the harris/ peasants and the landless farmers from the Dadu district of Sindh were trained on their right to form trade unions and collectively bargain with their employers/ landlords. This is in line with the 2013 Sindh Industrial Act (SIRA).

  14. Studying examples of good labour migration governance: A Pakistani government delegation visits Sri Lanka

    04 January 2016

    Three government officials from the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development and the Punjab Department of Labour and Human Resource visited Sri Lanka on 21-23 December 2015 to study their labour migration management system.


  1. From landless Peasant to successful Entrepreneurs

    18 December 2015

    First Women-owned Bakery and Computer Training Centre inaugurated in Mirpurkhas

  2. Labour Inspection a top priority of the Government

    17 December 2015

    The Government of Pakistan has embarked on a comprehensive process of reforming the country's labour inspection regime.

  3. Narratives of Empowerment - Training Workshop on Professional TV News Media Reporting of Working Women Held in Karachi

    15 December 2015

    Pakistan’s leading national and regional TV channels and online media participated in 2 day training workshop on gender and labour sensitive reporting, aimed at improving coverage of women with narratives of positivity and empowerment

  4. Textile exporting units in Faisalabad trained on compliance with Labour Standards

    09 December 2015

    From 8-22 December 2015, the ILO in collaboration with the Pakistan Textile Exporters Association (PTEA) and Oxfam-Novib will run a series of seminars covering eight thematic areas on International Labour Standards. The seminars target management and workers in 12 textile exporting industrial units in Faisalabad with the objective of raising awareness on and enhancing compliance with labour standards and labour laws in the textile sector of Pakistan.

  5. Government reaffirms its commitment to eradicate child and bonded labour from Balochistan

    24 November 2015

    During a one day high level consultative meeting on Child and Bonded Labour held on 24th November 2015, the Government of Baluchistan re-affirmed its commitment to address the challenge and called on stakeholders to work closely together.

  6. Towards a Decent Work Network with academia

    16 November 2015

    A one day consultation was convened with the School of Economics at Quaid-e-AZam University in Islamabad, Pakistan to explore ways of establishing a Decent Work Network with academia in Pakistan.