News and events


  1. Global South-South Development Expo 2016

    ILO Sustainable Development and Decent Work Solution Forum, 1 November 2016

    During this year's GSSD Forum, hosted by the Government of the United Arab Emirates, and based on an assessment of past staff needs, the ILO will hold a South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) Solution Forum on The Future of Work and South-South and Triangular Cooperation, devoted to ILO staff and partners. The objectives include ensuring ILO staff and constituents can access tools and methodologies that will enable them to implement new South-South and triangular cooperation projects. ILO staff and constituents will be able to follow up on their learning experience of SSTC by exchanging experience and deepening knowledge through an ‘SSTC virtual meeting point’ ( and by tailor-made coaching and training sessions. The ILO is organising its Future of Work dialogues around four Centenary Conversations: 1) Work and Society; 2) Decent Jobs for All; 3) The organization of work and production; 4) The Governance of Work. Participants are invited to concentrate on two of the dialogues. The event will also feature last year's Nobel Peace Prize winners, the "Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet", in a session entitled "Good Practice in Social Dialogue and Algerian SSTC cooperation". This will address social dialogue and social protection.

  2. Memorandum of Understanding

    ILO-China strategic partnership consolidated with MOU renewal

    06 September 2016

    On the eve of ILO’s centenary and the 40th anniversary of China’s Reform and Opening-up Initiative, the ILO and the MOHRSS are re-defining their cooperation as a strategic partnership on the basis of important achievements made particularly in the last 15 years.

  3. © Y. shuiling / Imaginechina 2016

    South-South and Triangular Cooperation

    High Level event to achieve the Social Development Goals on universal social protection

    Joint ILO – CHINA – ASEAN Conference to share worldwide experience to extend social protection floors to all.

  4. Child labour

    Norway funds new ILO project to combat child labour in Lebanon

    25 August 2016

    A new Norwegian-funded ILO project will work to withdraw hundreds of Lebanese and Syrian children from hazardous working conditions and protect thousands of others from engaging in especially the worst forms of child labour.

  5. Publication

    Mapping the SSE Landscape in India and Brazil through South-South and Triangular Cooperation: Gender-Based Initiatives in Social and Solidarity Economy

    26 July 2016

    Contribution to the South-South and Triangular Cooperation Academy, Turin, 2016

  6. Public-Private partnership in Ghana

    Making Health and HIV information for young people available on a mobile application

    13 July 2016

    The ILO will support Oasis Websoft in further developing their online health application to provide information and advice on labour rights and HIV for young people in Ghana.

  7. South-South and triangular cooperation

    South-South and Triangular Cooperation Academy 2016 opens in Turin

    11 July 2016

    The Turin-based academy will help set up and coordinate strategic initiatives and political advocacy linked to South-South and triangular cooperation.

  8. Public-Private partnerships

    The ILO and Public-Private partnerships: An Alliance for the Future

    11 July 2016

    Public-private partnerships (PPPs) have played an important role in promoting decent work around the world for more than a decade, mobilizing resources, knowledge and expertise to aid the work of the Office. Since their inception, the number of partnerships has increased steadily, most rapidly in the past four years. The ILO continues to promote the development of PPPs as an effective and collaborative way of leveraging its values, principles and standards in today’s rapidly changing world of work. The tripartite nature of the ILO has been critically important in building such partnerships, particularly through its direct relationship with constituents in the private sector.

  9. Inter-agency partnerships

    UNHCR and ILO sign new agreement to help displaced people find work

    01 July 2016

    Agencies expand collaboration to find long-term solutions for refugees and others displaced by conflict and persecution.

  10. Press release

    ILO and Sweden join hands to support a National Employment Diagnostic Analysis in Uganda

    30 June 2016

    ILO and the Sweden Government signed partnership agreement to carry out Employment Diagnostic Analysis in Uganda.

  11. Press release

    ILO and Singapore renew Partnership Agreement to promote decent work in Southeast Asia

    06 June 2016

    The International Labour Organization and the Singapore Ministry of Manpower will cooperate on activities related to occupational safety and health, tripartism and social dialogue.

  12. In brief

    Decent work, the key to the 2030 agenda for sustainable development

    02 June 2016

    Decent work puts money in the pockets of individuals and families that they can spend in the local economy. Their purchasing power fuels the growth and development of sustainable enterprises, especially smaller businesses, which in turn are able to hire more workers and improve their pay and conditions. It increases tax revenues for governments, who can then fund social measures to protect those who cannot find, or are unable to work.

  13. Official visit

    Switzerland calls on the ILO to meet challenges relating to the future of work

    30 May 2016

    The guest of honour at the opening day of the 105th International Labour Conference, Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann advocates a strong ILO, ready to respond to rapid change in the world of work.

  14. Special 2016 issue

    World of Work magazine: Working out of poverty

    26 May 2016

    This year’s edition of the World of Work magazine highlights themes discussed by the ILO’s 105th International Labour Conference (ILC), including poverty.

  15. Press release

    Kuwait pledges $US 0.5 million in continued annual support to ILO activities in the occupied Palestinian territory

    16 May 2016

    A new grant brings to $US 4 million the total amount of funding from Kuwait to the ILO since 2009, in grants dedicated to promoting decent work and social justice in the occupied Palestinian territory and the Arab States.

  16. News

    ILO publishes detailed data on spending through International Aid Transparency Initiative

    15 April 2016

    Making information about aid spending easier to access, use and compare, to promote more effective partnerships.

  17. Bosnia and Herzegovina

    EU continues to assist job creation in flood affected areas

    18 March 2016

    A new EU Programme will continue to support economic recovery of Bosnia and Herzegovina's flood affected areas and also support the local economic development and local NGOs.

  18. Publication

    ILO Global Business Network on Social Protection Floors

    14 March 2016

    Today nearly 73 per cent of the world’s population lack access to adequate social protection coverage. The establishment of social protection floors (SPFs) requires a strong political will from the government and social partners, and private sector enterprises can help promote them. There are many reasons why private-sector companies and their representative business associations may wish to be involved in discussions on balanced and sustainable public social protection policies and their implementation at the country level.

  19. Event

    South-South and Triangular Cooperation Academy, 2016

    A joint initiative of the ILO and its International Training Centre, supported by UN agencies and partners, the SSTC Academy, an interregional learning and networking event gathered policymakers, promoters, practitioners and researchers from all around the world. It served as a forum for the formulation of high-level strategic initiatives and political advocacy on SSTC in support to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and decent work in particular.

  20. Publication

    Rebuilding Haiti: Debris Management, Reconstruction and Employment Promotion after the 2010 Earthquake

    03 March 2016

    The devastating earthquake of 12 January 2010 in Haiti affected more than 3 million people. Up to 160,000 people lost their lives in the earthquake, which measured a disastrous 7.0 on the Richter scale, destroying parts of the Haitian capital Port-Au-Prince and surrounding areas. With thousands of people left homeless and unemployed, the earthquake led to an estimated economic loss of US$ 7.9 billion, exacerbating an already feeble national economy. Survivors were also exposed to serious health and environmental hazards. With a country left in ruins, building material for reconstruction was hard to come by, and the best way to manage the debris was to reuse the earthquake rubble. To effectively rebuild the country, there was a need to create and develop skills for recycling and transforming debris for reconstruction.