News and features

December 2017

  1. ILO supports Iraq in developing new social security law

    21 December 2017

    A tripartite workshop for high-level Iraqi officials was the last in a series of events organized by the ILO to support the Government of Iraq in drafting its new social security law, which, once adopted, will be the first to cover all public and private sector workers in Iraq.

  2. © Ferry Latief / ILO 2018

    ILO launches global appeal for donations to support social protection floors

    19 December 2017

    For the first time, the International Labour Organization (ILO) makes donations by private households, enterprises and foundations possible.

  3. © Sharada Prasad CS 2018

    Social protection is affordable even in most low-income countries

    13 December 2017

    ILO releases a number of easy-to-use tools and guides, which show that most countries could afford to provide social protection floors if they chose to.

  4. Social protection in Timor Leste: The difference dialogue can make in protecting the poor

    08 December 2017

    Despite being the youngest nation in Asia, Timor-Leste is taking a proactive and coordinated approach to ensure a better life for its citizens with a national Social Protection Strategy for 2017-2030.

November 2017

  1. © Pierre Holtz / UNICEF 2018

    ILO: 4 billion people worldwide are left without social protection

    29 November 2017

    New ILO report shows that massive efforts are still needed to ensure that the right to social security becomes a reality for all.

  2. ILO to launch World Social Protection Report 2017-2019

    21 November 2017

    New ILO flagship report looks at progress in the extension of social protection around the world.

October 2017

  1. Governments, UN meet to plan for SDG achievement on social protection

    25 October 2017

    Developing countries and donors have met in Geneva, together with UN agencies, to kick-off a multi-stakeholder partnership for the achievement of social protection targets under the Sustainable Development Goals

  2. Leading multinationals highlight importance of social protection

    24 October 2017

    Representatives of more than a dozen multinational enterprises met in Geneva to highlight the importance of investment in social protection floors for growth in emerging markets.

September 2017

  1. Towards better, improved employment-related social security in Indonesia

    08 September 2017

    Building greater trust among relevant stakeholders, optimizing benefits adequacy, re-profiling members of social security for workers as well as synchronizing existing regulations were the four recommendations from the joint evaluation seminar conducted by the ILO and the Ministry of Manpower in Jakarta on 7 September.

June 2017

  1. Belgium has ratified the Invalidity, Old-Age and Survivors’ Benefits Convention, 1967 (No. 128), the Chemicals Convention, 1990 (No. 170), and the Working Conditions (Hotels and Restaurants) Convention, 1991 (No. 172)

    14 June 2017

April 2017

  1. Launch of TRANSFORM Social Protection learning package in Tanzania

    05 April 2017

    The Leadership and Transformation Curriculum on Building and Managing Social Protection Floors in Africa was rolled out on 27 March 2017 at the ILO Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

February 2017

  1. © Matteo Paciotti 2018

    More long-term care services for the elderly needed in Central-Eastern Europe

    10 February 2017

    ILO study highlights shortage of quality long-term services for older people in the region while a significant number of female migrant workers move to Western Europe to fill existing gaps. We asked Kenichi Hirose, co-author of the research with Zofia Czepulis-Rutkowska, to tell us more about these trends.

December 2016

  1. © A. González Farran / UNAMID 2018

    Globally millions of jobs are needed to ensure essential health care

    09 December 2016

    An estimated 50 million decent jobs are missing to address essential global health requirements, while much of the care in the health economy is done by 57 million unpaid family workers, says new ILO study.

November 2016

  1. ASEAN’s governments, workers and employers recommend strengthening social protection to build better resilience to disasters

    22 November 2016

    ILO and ASEAN member States gather in Manila to share their experiences, and learn from countries in other regions on practices using social protection measures to prepare and respond to natural disasters.

  2. Rwanda: ILO welcomes the launch of a new maternity leave benefits scheme

    17 November 2016

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) welcomed Rwanda’s decision to provide paid maternity leave and health benefits by law, which offers better protection for working women who become pregnant and are often confronted with the threat of job loss or suspended incomes.

October 2016

  1. Global Business Network meets to promote social protection floors

    25 October 2016

    ILO Director-General highlights the role of business in further developing social protection floors and achieving sustainable development goals on social protection.

  2. Timor-Leste to develop its National Social Protection Strategy

    24 October 2016

    The Government of Timor-Leste, with support from the ILO, conducted a two day Seminar for the Development of the National Social Protection Strategy in Timor-Leste in October. The Seminar was conducted in the same week as the National Parliament of Timor-Leste passed the law for the creation of the country’s first contributory social security schemes.

September 2016

  1. © ASIF HASSAN / AFP 2018

    Compensation arrangement agreed for victims of the Ali Enterprise factory fire in Pakistan

    10 September 2016

    An ILO enabled agreement has been reached on compensation for victims of the 2012 Ali Enterprises garment factory in Baldia, Karachi.

  2. © Marc Veraart 2018

    ILO: Universal social protection already a reality in many developing countries

    06 September 2016

    At a high level conference on universal social protection ILO Director-General Guy Ryder has told delegates that: “In 2016, a lack of social protection is completely unacceptable. This has to change, and this can change.”

  3. ILO Technical Notes - The state of application of the provisions for social security of the international treaties on social rights

    02 September 2016

    ILO country-specific reference tools on member States’ compliance and reporting obligations in the field of social security are now available on NORMLEX under Country profiles.