News and events


  1. Partnerships

    EU continues to assist job creation in Bosnia and Herzegovina's flood affected areas

    A new EU Programme will continue to support economic recovery of flood affected areas and also support the local economic development and local NGOs. The programme will be implemented over  the next three years by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

  2. 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.

    See video in English and in Spanish

  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.


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Publication

    « Conozca de Empresa » en Yemen

    08 March 2016

    Con miras a fomentar una cultura empresarial en Yemen y así contribuir a la creación de empleo y el crecimiento económico, la OIT presentó su programa Conozca de empresa (CODE) en la educación técnica y la formación profesional del país.

  6. Publication

    « Comprendre l’Entreprise » au Yemen

    08 March 2016

    Pour promouvoir la culture d’entreprise au Yémen et contribuer, de ce fait, à la création d’emplois et à la croissance économique, l’OIT a mis sur pied dans le pays son programme de formation professionnelle et technique « comprendre l’entreprise ».

  7. 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 is an interregional learning and networking event that will gather policymakers, promoters, practitioners and researchers from all around the world. It will also serve 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Public-Private partnerships

    ILO public-private partnerships on social dialogue

    25 February 2016

    Social dialogue between governments and employers’ and workers’ organizations fosters socio-economic progress, social equity and stability. It also plays a vital role in promoting democratic decision-making and managing the globalization process. The first PPP on social dialogue and industrial relations was signed in 2008.

  10. Public-Private partnerships

    ILO public-private partnerships and social protection

    25 February 2016

    The first ILO public–private partnership on social protection was signed in 2000. Since then a further 20 partnerships have been signed, amounting to a total value of US$ 3,059,689. These have focused on social security, skills development, occupational safety and health, working conditions and HIV and AIDS.

  11. Public-Private partnerships

    ILO public-private partnerships and employment: Introduction

    25 February 2016

    Creating employment – essential for achieving the goals of decent work – is one of the most formidable challenges that the ILO will have to ace in the near future. Indeed, there will be a need for some 470 million new jobs over the next 15 years. There has been a steady rise in the number of partnerships focusing on employment, covering an increasing number of LO activities, during the past 15 years. Since 2008, 85 public-private partnerships (35 per cent of total partnerships) have been signed, amounting to US$ 34,475,386 (48.2 per cent of total PPP funding).

  12. Public-Private partnerships

    Public-private partnerships on standards and fundamental principles and rights at work

    25 February 2016

    Everyone has the right to work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity. This means that all women and men should be able to choose their employment freely, in a workplace that is exempt from child labour, forced labour and discrimination, where the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining is respected – and where they are covered by adequate social protection.

  13. Public-Private partnerships

    Public-Private Partnerships: Comments by the ILO Director-General

    25 February 2016

    Guy Ryder places PPPs in their current context in the strategies and policies of the ILO, which involve developing “new partnerships with non-state entities and economic actors, such as multinational enterprises and trade unions operating at the global sectoral level in order to enhance the effectiveness of ILO operational programmes and activities” for the promotion of the Decent Work Agenda.

  14. Public-Private partnerships

    The ILO and Public-Private partnerships: An Overview

    25 February 2016

    PPPs between the ILO and companies are by far the most significant, accounting for 136 out of a total of 243 PPPs (56 per cent). These are followed by 41 PPPs with foundations (17 per cent of the total), 32 PPPs with academia and think tanks (13 per cent), 23 with a variety of non-state actors (10 per cent) and 11 with social partners (5 per cent). The largest total source of funding (50 per cent) has also been from enterprises, followed by foundations (39.5 per cent).

  15. Publication

    ILO Development Cooperation Manual

    12 February 2016

    The ILO currently conducts some 630 projects in more than 100 countries, with the support of 120 development partners. The manual is intended for all ILO staff, in both the field and at headquarters, who are involved in development cooperation projects.

  16. Publication

    The ILO Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis (Update: February 2016)

    03 February 2016

    As part of the wider UN response to the Syrian refugee crisis, the ILO has adopted a development-focused and employment-driven strategy to support host communities and refugees so as to maintain and reinforce the social and economic stability of the affected neighbouring countries (Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt), with projects of a total value of nearly USD 22 million. This addresses in particular the key strategic direction of the 3RP of investing in livelihoods and employment opportunities to better equip refugees and host community members to provide for themselves and their families.


  1. Publication

    Ringing in a New Era of Development Cooperation

    23 December 2015

    The ILO’s Development Cooperation Strategy for 2015-17 has increased the ILO's focus, re-emphasized our effectiveness, and updated our approaches to capacity development, partnerships and resource mobilization. This brochure describes these innovations.

  2. In brief

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

    18 December 2015

    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.

  3. Publication

    Public-private partnerships for decent work: An alliance for the future

    16 December 2015

  4. Inter-agency partnerships

    ILO and UNOPS to increase cooperation in fragile situations

    11 December 2015

    The ILO and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) covering several areas of cooperation, especially in fragile situations.