With global unemployment figures reaching the highest level on record – 212 million people in 2009 – the state of job growth worldwide has been covered extensively in the international media. The news, interviews and stories featured here provide insights into the Jobs Pact policies that have been implemented to address this multi-faceted crisis and identify further actions that could generate decent jobs.

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Press releases

  1. ILO Chief: Global economy at turning point, time to rethink policies

    02 July 2012

    ILO Director-General Juan Somavia outlines measures to create decent jobs and preserve incomes for working families around the world.

  2. Governments moved to prevent job loss, boost skills in response to global financial and economic crisis

    19 April 2012

    ILO and World Bank partner to release new data, report on government actions.

  3. Governing globalization for jobs and equity

    17 April 2012

    In his address to the Governing Body, Prof Ian Goldin, Director of Oxford Martin School made a remarkable analysis of the dynamics of globalization and offered insights and perspectives into how policy actions on equity, migration, innovation and growth will shape our lives and work in the twenty-first century.

  4. Employment and social inclusion policies at the core of the poverty agenda

    01 March 2012

    The Commission for Social Development adopted resolution E/CN.5/2012/L.7, on the priority theme “Poverty Eradication” addressing global concerns over the continuing high levels of unemployment and underemployment, particularly among young people, and recognizing that decent work remains one of the best routes out of poverty.


  1. Job creation and employment: The case of Jordan

    06 June 2016

    Haidar Touran, General Secretary of the General Federation of Jordan Trade Unions (GFJTU) explains the challenges of job creation and employment in Jordan.

  2. Lessons from the Global Economic Crisis: International experts share insights in a high level panel discussion at the 2012 ILC in Geneva

    13 June 2012

    In the plenary hall of the 2012 International Labour Conference in Geneva, a panel of high level experts from South Africa, China, Chile, Belgium, Russia and Australia shared their experiences, the challenges and some lessons learned since the Global Economic Crisis began.

  3. Panel Discussion: The Global Jobs Pact and Macroeconomic Policy

    14 June 2010

    Moderated by Mr. Simon Long from The Economist, panellists discussed various issues including how employment can become a macroeconomic objective of the same order as low inflation and deficits. Panellists included: Ms Sandra Polaski, Deputy Under Secretary, Department of Labor, United States; Ms Maria Helena André, Minister of Labour and Social Solidarity, Portugal; Ms Aisha Abdel Hady, Minister of Manpower and Migration, Egypt; Mr Carlos Tomada, Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Security, Argentina; Mr Richard Samans, Managing Director, World Economic Forum; Mr Alberto Nadal, Secretary General, Confederation of Spanish Employers; and Mr Guy Ryder, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).

  4. Video Message: Hilda Solis, Secretary of Labor, United States, on the outcome of the G20 Labour Ministers meeting in Washington

    14 June 2010


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    The Millennium Development Goals and beyond: An ILO perspective

    18 August 2014

    Aurelio Parisotto, Senior Economist in the ILO’s MULTILATERALS Department, talks about the organization’s efforts to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the road ahead Post-2015.

  2. South Africa and the ILO team up to promote public employment and community work programmes

    27 July 2011

    With an official unemployment rate of 25 per cent, the South African government knows that employment creation cannot be left to the private sector alone. There is a huge gap between the jobs that are needed and the jobs that the market can generate. The State has the responsibility to fill that gap. Today South Africa has become a prime example of a country where public employment programmes (PEPs) and its Community Work Programme (CWP) are playing a key role in providing a minimum level of employment where markets are failing to do so. The CWP, although not universal in coverage, is being designed to test an employment guarantee.

  3. CDB-ILO symposium: Short and long term measures required for sustained post-crisis recovery

    23 February 2011

    ILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean

  4. The ILO and the Millennium Development Goals: Questions and Answers

    20 September 2010

    Interview with Alice Ouedraogo, Deputy Director of the ILO's Policy Integration Department about the International Labour Organization's efforts to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), in particular the first MDG on eradicating extreme poverty and hunger.