News and features

October 2016

  1. 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

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    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.

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    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.

August 2016

  1. ILO-China seminar to explore ways to facilitate access to social protection for all

    24 August 2016

    The seminar aims to provide a platform for the participating countries to share experience and discuss ways to address challenges in social protection provision.

July 2016

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    Does Uber signal the end of social security?

    27 July 2016

    In our latest blog post, ISSA Secretary General Hans-Horst Konkolwsky looks at the challenges to social security posed by the “gig economy” and new forms of work.

June 2016

  1. Ukraine ratifies the major Social Security Convention of the ILO

    06 June 2016

    During the 105th session of the International Labour Conference, Ukraine became the 53rd ILO Member State to ratify Convention No. 102 on minimum standards of social security - the key international instrument defining a comprehensive and adequate social security system.

March 2016

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    Ukraine ratifies the key Social Security Convention of the ILO

    23 March 2016

    The ratification will help Ukraine to safeguard the minimum standards of social security in the current social and economic situation and ensure that its social security system rests on sound principles recognized at the international level.

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    ILO: 90 per cent of domestic workers excluded from social protection

    14 March 2016

    New ILO study highlights huge decent work deficits for domestic workers throughout the world.

  3. First Palestinian private sector social security system is now law

    11 March 2016

    A long-awaited, ILO-supported social security system for private sector workers has been signed into law by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

January 2016

  1. ILO to aid Moldova’s transition to the formal economy

    14 January 2016

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) launches an awareness raising campaign on the informal economy and undeclared work in Moldova.

October 2015

  1. ILO launches Global Business Network for Social Protection Floors

    28 October 2015

    The new ILO network will look for ways companies can support the development of national social protection systems.

September 2015

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    Social protection for all to change people’s lives by 2030

    21 September 2015

    As the international community gets ready to formally endorse the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the ILO’s Isabel Ortiz explains why social protection is a key component of the new global development agenda.

  2. Lessons from the steppes: Mongolia's model social insurance system

    01 September 2015

    As a role model for social insurance systems, Mongolia, with the help of the ILO, shares its efficient single window system for social services with other countries in South East Asia.

July 2015

  1. Ebola: Strengthening resilience through Social Protection

    08 July 2015

    An ILO side event held at UN Headquarters in New York to respond to post-ebola recovery plans in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone with a focus on social protection policies.

June 2015

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    ILO adopts historic labour standard to tackle the informal economy

    12 June 2015

    “It is not just the adoption of this Recommendation, it’s actually putting it into practice that will matter,” said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

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    Rana Plaza victims’ compensation scheme secures funds needed to make final payments

    08 June 2015

    ILO Director-General encouraged by milestone but says more work remains to be done.

May 2015

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    Mothers and children need more – not less – social protection

    07 May 2015

    As several countries around the world prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day, two new ILO studies provide new global and country data that point to the urgent need to increase social protection for mothers and children.

April 2015

  1. More than half of the global rural population excluded from health care

    27 April 2015

    ILO report shows huge differences in health care access between rural and urban areas worldwide.

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    Cabo Verde: On the road to universal pension coverage

    17 April 2015

    When it comes to establishing social protection floors, few nations in Africa can match Cabo Verde’s commitment and results.