News and press releases

This is a list of official ILO press releases issued by the ILO office in Jakarta and Timor-Leste. Some are available in multiple languages, indicated on the top of each release. The most recent release is at the top.


  1. The importance of strengthening social protection systems to cope with the impact of Covid-19 on the world of work

    20 April 2020

    The rapid spread of COVID-19 has not only caused millions of confirmed cases and hundreds of thousands death worldwide, but also brought significant impact on the economy, employment and social affairs.

  2. Supporting small and medium enterprises through the COVID-19 crisis

    13 April 2020

    The COVID-19 outbreak has hit small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and their workers hard, including in Indonesia. So what do SMEs need and what has worked in previous calamities to help them survive? Here are our top five policy options.

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    ILO: COVID-19 causes devastating losses in working hours and employment

    07 April 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic is having a catastrophic effect on working hours and earnings, globally. A new ILO report highlights some of the worst affected sectors and regions, and outlines policies to mitigate the crisis.

  4. Employers have a critical role to play in supporting families affected by COVID-19

    02 April 2020

    Newly released guidelines can help employers strengthen support for families during the pandemic

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    New guidelines to help employers support families during COVID-19

    30 March 2020

    New guidelines issued by ILO and UNICEF call on enterprises to do more to support working families during the pandemic.

  6. Indonesia to improve its social protection system by adding unemployment benefit

    09 March 2020

    The Government of Indonesia is in the process of setting up an unemployment benefit scheme to better protect the workers from any involuntary resignation cases. To find the most suitable mechanism for Indonesia, the government and other related stakeholders learnt good practices from other Asian countries.

  7. Indonesia to learn unemployment benefit schemes from five countries’ experiences

    03 March 2020

    Experts from five countries share their experiences in providing protection against unemployment as lessons learnt for Indonesia.

  8. Breaking down barriers for girls and women in STEM

    11 February 2020

    The ILO in collaboration with the Embassy of Ireland in Indonesia hosted a joint event to inspire more girls and women to join STEM related fields. Five young women in STEM shared their journeys and aspirations.

  9. Advancing women in STEM for the future of work

    07 February 2020

    As women workers are employed predominantly in jobs requiring low science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills, they are 1.2 times more likely to be employed in an occupation at high risk of automation across all industries.

  10. Reaching out to a better, creative future with entrepreneurship

    05 February 2020

    The joint entrepreneurship programme of the ILO and UNHCR has continued to the second batch of young, enthusiast entrepreneurs. They were ready to develop and expand their businesses.