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  1. Arab Labor Conference: Focus on Youth Employment, MSMEs and Social Dialogue

    The 38th session of the Arab Labor Conference (ALO) was held in Egypt's capital Cairo, with the participation of the tripartite constituents and ILO Assistant Director-Generals and Regional Directors for Africa and Arab States, respectively Mr. Charles Dan and Ms Nada Al Sharif. The Conference – which reelected the Director-General of the ALO, Dr. Ahmed Luqman for a new term (2011 – 2015) – highlighted new reports on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises as employment boosting development engine, impacts of the global economic crisis on the national and Arab workers as well as social dialogue for sustainable development. His Excellency, Dr. Ahmed Hassan El Borai, Minister of Manpower and Migration of the Arab Republic of Egypt and participants underscored the need to fight robustly youth unemployment as a development priority in Arab countries.

  2. Labour Law Reform: Capacity Building Workshop

    13 May 2011

    The workshop stemmed from the Road Map of the tripartite Labour Law Reform Advisory Council which identified capacity building of stakeholders involved in the labour law reform process as a key element. The workshop was aimed at bringing stakeholders and labour law experts together to discuss and fuse areas of common interest and identify areas of difference in the labour law harmonization and reform process. The recommendations from the workshop together with the position papers from the tripartite partners will form the basis of further negotiations by the tripartite Labour Law Reform Advisory Council which has the mandate to guide the law reform process.

  3. Participatory Gender Audit Facilitators Workshop

    The purpose of the Participatory Gender Audit Facilitators Workshop was for ILO constituents to reflect and acquire information on the methodology which promotes organizational learning on mainstreaming gender practically and effectively. The workshop was intended to encourage ILO Constituents to undertake a self-assessment regarding gender equality.

  4. Youth Employment/Governance/Democracy in Africa - The Role of Trade Unions

    The High Level Workshop - jointly organized by the Organization of African Trade Union Unity (OATUU), the Sudan Workers Trade Unions Federation (SWTUF) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) - on "Capacity Building on Youth Employment, Governance, and Democracy in Africa: the Role of Trade Unions" was held at the FRiendship Hall in Khartoum, Sudan in the presence of the Federal Minister of Labour Dak Bishop and OATUU President and Chairman of the Sudan Workers Trade Unions Federation (SWTUF) Professor Ibrahim Ghandour. "Africa's youth is the solution to Africa's development challenge", stated Charles Dan, ILO Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Africa in his opening speech with some 2.2 million of Young Africans entering the labor market annually.

  5. Questions and answers on Growth, Productive Employment and Decent Work in the LDCs

    06 May 2011

    In preparation for the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV), the International Labour Organization (ILO) has produced a report “Growth, Productive Employment and Decent Work in the LDCs,” which argues for transformative policies for decent work in LDCs. UN-NGLS (United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service) interviews José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, Executive Director for Employment, ILO, on the key insights and recommendations of the report.

  6. Tripartite Negotiating Forum Technical Committee Workshop

    06 May 2011

    The Workshop was held at Carribea Bay, Kariba, Zimabbwe in line with the objectives of the ILO/UNDP Project on Strengthening of Social Dialogue and Tripartite Cooperation in Zimbabwe which is focused on the revival of the Tripartite Negotiating Forum (TNF). The meeting was held as a follow-up to the official launch of the Kadoma Declaration “Towards a shared national social and economic vision” by the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe on 26 February 2010.

  7. Reducing poverty through tourism (Questions & Answers)

    03 May 2011

    Least Developed Countries (LDCs) can draw on a range of policies to drive an agenda of structural transformation and decent work. A special event at the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries to be held in Istanbul from 9-13 May, 2011, features Hotel, Catering and Tourism (HCT) as one of the fastest-growing economic sectors worldwide which can significantly contribute to social and economic development, as well as poverty reduction in LDCs. ILO Online spoke with Wolfgang Weinz, Hotels, Catering and Tourism Specialist in the ILO’s Sectoral Activities Department.

  8. First ILO participation to the World Economic Forum on Africa

    03 May 2011

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) attended for the first time the 2011 World Economic Forum in Africa which convened more than 900 leader from government, private sector and civil society from 4 - 6 May in Cape Town, south Africa.

  9. Workshop on Freedom Association for rural women workers

    The consultation process targeted trade unions to get input on a manual currently drafted by the ILO on rural women workers. The manual is envisioned to be a global tool for trade unions to reach out to women workers in the rural sector and inform them of their rights to freedom of association.

  10. AICESIS/ILO/ESC-Senegal: International Conference on the Global Jobs Pact

    The AICESIS, ILO and the ESC of Senegal are organizing an international conference on "Evaluation of public strategies and policies for employment: implementation of the Global Jobs Pact" from 12-14 April in Dakar, Senegal. This initiative is a training session to share experiences and showcase best practices. All information and documents are available at www.aicesis.org.

  11. Implementing the “Virtuous Triangle” : Addis Ababa Conference adopts a Roadmap on Employment for Peace, Stability and Development in the Horn of Africa

    12 April 2011

    More than 150 High Level Representatives of Governments, Workers’ and Employers’ Organizations, and the civil society – gathered from 11-12 April 2011 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - adopted a comprehensive roadmap for the implementation of a Regional Strategy (hyperlink) for Employment for Peace in the Horn of Africa.

  12. Employment for Peace, Stability and Development for the Greater Horn of Africa

    More than 150 High-Level participants to the Employment for Peace, Stability and Development in the Horn of Africa - Conference of Stakeholders’ and Development Partners’ - adopted in Addis Ababa a roadmap to implement a regional strategy developed by the AUC, the ILO and the IGAD and built upon a “virtuous triangle” consisting of the creation of employment opportunities, social protection for the most vulnerable and empowerment for people and communities.

  13. 8th Ordinary Session of the AU Labour and Social Affairs Commission (LSAC)

    The 8th Session of the LSAC is happening in Yaoundé, Cameroon, from 11 to 15 April 2011 under the theme: “Promoting Employment for Social Cohesion and Inclusive Growth”. Interactive panel discussions will focus on “Funding of Employment Policies in Africa: Challenges and Perspectives”; and “Social Protection for the Informal Economy and Rural Workers”.

  14. Employment for Peace, Stability and Development for the Horn of Africa

    11 April 2011

    The Employment for Peace, Stability and Development in the Horn of Africa - Conference of Stakeholders’ and Development Partners’ - was held from 11-12 April 2011 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

  15. Developing self reliance – Building hope: The ILO Employment for Peace Programme in Somalia

    07 April 2011

    Mogadishu, the capital city of Somalia, has been racked by violence and insecurity for nearly two decades. But there are signs of hope: among them, an ILO programme which provided a visible peace dividend to poor communities by engaging them in large scale employment-intensive projects. This and similar projects will be discussed at the ILO-IGAD-African Union Conference on "Employment for Peace, Stability and Development" on 11-12 April 2011 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Conference will map out a regional strategy for the Horn of Africa built upon a “virtuous triangle” consisting of the creation of employment opportunities, social protection for the most vulnerable and empowerment of people and communities. ILO Online reports from Mogadishu.

  16. Social Enterprise World Forum

    The ILO took part in the Social Enterprise World Forum which brought social enterprise practitioners from around the world for the first time in Africa. Hosted by the University of Johannesburg’s Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Social Economy, and sponsored by the South African government, the event allowed ILO and South African social enterprises to showcase their activities and share best practices.

  17. Youth unemployment in the Arab world is a major cause for rebellion

    05 April 2011

    While images from protests in the Arab region go around the world, it is timely to look at the reasons that brought these mostly young people on to the streets. An extremely high youth unemployment rate of 23.4 per cent in 2010, is one major but not the only cause for these popular uprisings, says Dorothea Schmidt, senior employment expert in the ILO office in Cairo.

  18. African Youth Forum

    In preparation for the 17th AU Head of States Summit under the theme “Accelerate Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development”, an African Youth Forum will take place - in partnership with ILO - from 1st to 9th April in Addis Ababa-Ethiopia as Pre-Summit event.

  19. SADC Ministers/Social Partners for Employment and Labour for enhanced job creation policies

    New policies for job creation and regional integration were high on the Agenda of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Employment and Labour Meeting of Ministers and Social Partners in Windhoek. Promoting an employment-rich growth, investing in workforce skills and protecting the most vulnerable are the way forward for SADC tripartite entities, suggested ILO Assistant Director General/Regional Director for Africa, Charles Dan. "Full employment should become a key macroeconomic objective alongside low inflation and sound fiscal accounts", stated Mr. Dan together with H.E. Nahas Angula, Prime Minister of the Republic of Namibia.

  20. President Kibaki lauds cooperation with UN agencies

    President Mwai Kibaki and UN representatives in Kenya discussed the achievement of Millennium Development Goals and the development blueprint Vision 2030. The UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF- 2009-2013) is designed to improve governance, reduce disparities and vulnerabilities, promote equitable economic growth and reduce poverty and hunger in the country. ILO Director Alexio Musindo informed the President on the UN Specialized Agency's work on the national employment policy, labour laws reforms, child labour, youth and women employment/entrepreneurship, East African Community protocol with a keen interest on free movement of labour, social protection, HIV/AIDS at the workplace, and youth employment.