News and events


  1. Press release

    Ireland and ILO host forum to encourage women entrepreneurs in developing countries

    15 February 2013

    Education and access to credit are critical to ensuring that women in the developing world can start small businesses, Ireland's Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello and Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) said.

  2. By Guy Ryder

    Jobs, social inclusion and growth should top EU agenda

    14 February 2013

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder discusses the priorities of the European Union in the context of his first official visit to Ireland, which holds the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU.

  3. Press release

    Switzerland strengthens its support to the ILO’s Better Work programme

    12 February 2013

    Signing of a cooperation agreement for 12.4 million Swiss francs allocated by Switzerland to the ILO’s Better Work programme for 2013-2016.

  4. Labour standards and employment

    Switzerland firms up commitment to employment and social rights

    11 February 2013

    Switzerland formalizes the ratification of the International Convention on employment policy and boosts its collaboration with the ILO in development cooperation.

  5. Press release

    ILO Director-General discusses development agenda with UN Secretary-General

    07 February 2013

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder met UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his senior staff to discuss the role of the Decent Work Agenda in the post-2015 development framework.

  6. PARDEV Newsletter No. 35

    Global South-South Development Expo 2012 Review

    14 January 2013

    The Global South-South Development Expo 2012 took place from 19 to 23 November 2012 in Vienna, Austria and was hosted by UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization). This year’s theme was “Investing in Energy and Climate Change: Inclusive Partnerships for Sustainable Development”. The ILO organized a Solution Forum on Energy, Climate Change and Decent Work, showcasing development solutions from and for the Global South. The ILO Forum explored the link between employment, decent work and sustainable development strategies. The global economic crisis has positioned job-creation at the heart of policy-making priorities. At the same time, environmental degradation has called for increased efforts towards sustainable development. In this context, there was a clear need for correlating employment, the development of alternative energy sources and economic opportunities. The Forum shows why South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) strategies and mechanisms are vital for shaping the post-2015 sustainable world of work. The panellists presented their country’s experience in transitioning to a green economy, while highlighting the benefit of South-South cooperation by presenting country-specific solutions.


  1. Press release

    Germany contributes €650,000 to the Youth Employment Network

    14 December 2012

    Contribution will fund a round of the Youth to Youth Fund in Togo for the period 2013-2014

  2. Press release

    Czech Republic donates US$75,000 to ILO project on return migrants in Moldova

    14 December 2012

    The Government of the Czech Republic will contribute CZK 1.5 million (approximately US$ 75,000) to an ILO project on the return of migrants and home country socio-economic development over the next year.

  3. Event

    Briefing on growth and employment in the post-2015 development agenda

    On 13 December 2012 the Permanent Mission of Japan, the United Nations Development Programme and the International Labour Organization organized a briefing on Growth and Employment in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Participants included permanent and observer missions to the United Nations, UN agencies and civil society organizations.

  4. Partnership agreements

    ILO, Russian Federation sign key agreements

    11 December 2012

    The ILO and the Russian Federation have launched a new and strategic era of cooperation with the signing of three key agreements.