News and events


  1. Local Economic Development

    Local action is key to implement the 2030 Agenda

    At the World LED Forum in Turin the ILO demonstrates that the sustainable development goals of inclusive growth and decent work for all are not just a job for nations and international organizations.

  2. European Year for Development 2015

    Partners for decent work: The ILO joins the European Year for Development

    The European institutions and countries are key partners in the ILO’s fight for decent work for all women and men. With more than 150 joint projects over the past 10 years, the European Year for Development offers a perfect opportunity to share good practices and raise awareness of the human impact these efforts have had on millions of lives – in all corners of the world. Each month of the year is devoted to a different theme. That for June is "Sustainable Green Growth, Decent Jobs and Businesses".

  3. Syrian refugee crisis

    ILO Response

    ILO proposals are based on a strategy that is is development-focused in its support to the host communities and the refugees, and has the key aim of preserving social and economic stability.

  4. Denmark's Ambassador to Lebanon, Rolf Holmboe (right), and ILO Acting Regional Director for Arab States, Frank Hagemann, sign the funding agreement

    Child labour

    Denmark-led programme funds ILO project to combat child labour in Jordan and Lebanon among Syrian refugees and host communities in need

    The Denmark-led Regional Development and Protection Programme (RDPP) has given funding to a new ILO project to combat rising child labour among Syrian refugees and host communities through labour policy reform and technical capacity building.


  1. Publication

    Triangular cooperation and Decent Work: Good Practices

    28 November 2015

    This publication is aimed at emphasizing the growing importance of South-South and triangular cooperation for the ILO in promoting social justice and mainstreaming the Decent Work Agenda, with a particular focus on triangular cooperation. It discusses the ILO’s definition of triangular cooperation and includes a compilation of good practices in successful triangular cooperation projects and activities that have been implemented in recent years in which the ILO has been involved.

  2. Partnerships

    ILO and IFRC to promote decent work opportunities in fragile and post-disaster settings

    20 November 2015

    Agreement covers cooperation on livelihoods, procurement, SMEs, and cooperatives.

  3. Publication

    Social and Solidarity Economy in Asia: A South-South and triangular cooperation perspective

    10 November 2015

    A compilation of good practices to support the ILO in developing a strategy of South-South and triangular cooperation in Social and Solidarity Economy in Asia.

  4. Publication

    Fragile-to-Fragile Cooperation and Decent Work: An ILO perspective

    09 November 2015

    With ILO's involvement with fragile-to-fragile cooperation, it has strengthened its relations with g7+ members based on the directives of our South-South and triangular cooperation practices. In fragile States it is crucial to promote partnerships between equals. Mutual trust, horizontal relations and demand-driven objectives characterize such partnerships. The g7+ has recently put forward a New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States. The New Deal proposes key peace building and state building goals, while focusing on new ways of engaging, and identifying commitment strategies. In a similar manner to the South-South and triangular cooperation rationale, the basis for this new cooperation paradigm is the acknowledgment that some beneficiary countries have learnt sufficiently from development.

  5. Public-private partnership

    ILO’s Impact Insurance Facility and Africa Re partner to enhance microinsurance markets in Africa

    02 November 2015

    Partnership between the ILO’s Impact Insurance Facility and Africa Re will develop the capacity of insurance providers to offer valuable insurance products to the financially excluded population, and will promote cross-country collaboration and sharing of good practices among African countries.

  6. Public-private partnership

    ILO’s Impact Insurance Facility and Financial Sector Deepening Africa (FSDA) partner to change management for better impact insurance

    02 November 2015

    Partnership will support insurers to provide valuable and scalable insurance solutions to low-income households and SMEs in Sub-Saharan Africa.

  7. News

    ILO Director-General visits Algeria

    29 October 2015

    Invited by Mohammed El Ghazi, Minister of Labour, Employment, and Social Security, Guy Ryder attended a national tripartite conference and signed a South-South cooperation agreement on social dialogue and scoial protection to share Algeria's experience with several other African countries.

  8. © M. Daniau / AFP 2015

    Business and persons with disabilities

    11 major companies to promote inclusion of persons with disabilities in the workplace

    28 October 2015

    The new Global Business and Disability Network Charter is a global tool for businesses to promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the world of work

  9. Publication

    Migration, human rights and governance - Handbook for parliamentarians No. 24, 2015

    16 October 2015

    The Inter-Parliamentary Union, the International Labour Office and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in this Handbook offer responses to fundamental questions on migration, such as those concerned with its root causes and possible responses in terms of good policies and practices, as well as the challenges, both for migrants and for countries, in relation to national well-being, development and social cohesion. The handbook proposes a balanced approach to make effective laws and policies that address the human rights of migrants and the governance of migration.

  10. Publication

    French multinational enterprises, corporate social responsibility and Social Protection Floors (SPF): Public-Private Partnership

    09 October 2015

    Social protection floors (SFP) are nationally defined sets of basic social security guarantees that should ensure that all in need have access to essential health care and to basic income security. They are a key area of work for the ILO. As part of the ILO’s initiatives to implement social protection floors in emerging and developing countries and its partnership with GIP SPSI (the French government agency responsible for social protection) in this area, an informal meeting was organized with representatives of French companies with significant international market share and interest in social protection issues as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy.

  11. Publication

    Localizing the Decent Work Agenda through South-South and City-to-City Cooperation

    07 October 2015

    The ILO builds on the vision that local actors are important contributors to employment creation, social protection and the protection of fundamental principles and rights at work. In this view and in order to localize the Decent Work Agenda (DWA), the ILO signed a cooperation agreement with the World Organisation of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) in 2012. Working together, the two organisations improve local actors’ capacities through South-South and City-to-City Cooperation and projects focusing on employment creation, local economic development and formalization of the informal sector

  12. Publication

    Social and Solidarity Economy: Social Innovation in the World of Work (Johannesburg, 27-31 July 2015) - A compilation of short articles for the 2015 Academy

    07 October 2015

    The articles, written by South-South scholars for the ILO’s 2015 Academy on Social and Solidarity Economy (Johannseburg), focus on regional and subregional networking experiences for social innovation in SSE policies in the framework of South-South and triangular cooperation. The objective is to share and exchange good practices on SSTC and SSE and create a strong network of practitioners that combine SSE work with South-South and triangular cooperation methodology. Following the Academy, a series of networks were established.

  13. Publication

    Improving productivity and competitiveness through labour law compliance in Pakistan's textile sector: Public-Private Partnership

    06 October 2015

    Realising the economic and employment implications of non-compliance for Pakistan, the national Government has developed an International Labour Standard (ILS) Compliance and Reporting Programme to improve workplace practices in the textile industry together with the ILO. The programme will ensure the application of labour laws through the active engagement of the textile industry in order to guarantee the continuity of Pakistan’s exports to the global market.

  14. © Z.Hossain Chowdhury / NurPhoto 2015


    Improving working conditions and promoting competitiveness in global supply chains: The ILO/IFC Better Work Programme: Public-Private Partnership

    06 October 2015

    Better Work is an innovative partnership between the International Labour Organization, the International Finance Corporation, and as at December 2013, 22 buyer partners and 827 factories employing 966,762 women and men. The programme plays a significant role in helping international buyers uphold their commitment to comply with international core labour standards and national labour laws, and to continuously improve their global supply chains.

  15. Publication

    Job evaluation and design of an occupational certification process in the construction industry - Uruguay: Public-Private Partnership

    06 October 2015

    In coordination with employers’ and workers’ representatives, and funded by the Fondo Social de la Construcción, the ILO Inter-American Centre for Knowledge Development in Vocational Training (ILO-CINTERFOR) embarked on an initiative entitled “Job evaluation and design of an occupational certification process in the construction industry”.

  16. Publication

    Social dialogue and industrial relations in Morocco: Public-Private Partnership

    06 October 2015

    The OCP Group (Office Chérifien des Phosphates) is the largest company in the country. In 2010, products of phosphates and their derivatives accounted for nearly a quarter of Moroccan exports by value, approximately 3.5 per cent of GDP. Morocco’s national phosphates company is the world’s leading exporter of phosphates and employs more than 18,000 staff. OCP engaged in a public-private partnership (PPP) with the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITC-ILO) in Turin to develop tailor-made training activities to strengthen the negotiation skills of their management and workers' representatives.

  17. Publication

    Empowering unions and strengthening the Viet Nam General Confederation of Labour in the Better Work Programme: Public-Private Partnership

    06 October 2015

    The partnership is supporting workers’ organizations within Better Work – a multi-country innovative partnership between the ILO and the International Finance Corporation aimed at improving compliance with national labour law and core labour standards while enhancing business competitiveness. This project supports Better Work Viet Nam in particular.

  18. Publication

    Voluntary HIV Counselling and Testing (VCT) at work in Mozambique: Public-Private Partnership

    06 October 2015

    Since 2006 the International Labour Organization (ILO) has been supporting stakeholders in the world of work to better respond to HIV and AIDS in Mozambique. Actions encompass scaling up access to HIV prevention and care through the workplace, increasing the demand for VCT, taking into account the gender-specific needs of women and men, and economically empowering women, young people and people working in the informal economy who are particularly vulnerable to HIV.

  19. Publication

    Preventing HIV in Ethiopia: The MULU Worksites Project: Public-Private Partnership

    06 October 2015

    The MULU Worksites project is a USAID/PEPFAR-funded project managed by World Learning Ethiopia in partnership with FHI 360, the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), and the International Labour Organization (ILO). The project seeks to implement gender-responsive workplace HIV combination prevention programmes that will strengthen the HIV response in large-scale workplaces employing over 500 persons. Construction, agriculture, leather, cement, mining and manufacturing sectors are a vital entry point for combination prevention, as they employ women and men engaged in high-risk behaviours such as commercial and transactional sex, and multiple concurrent partnerships.

  20. Publication

    HIV prevention, care and treatment at work in Indonesia: Public-Private Partnership

    06 October 2015

    The ILO has been working closely with its constituents to implement workplace programmes on HIV prevention, care and support, and to prevent HIV employment-related stigma and discrimination.