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  1. World economic crisis has spurred a record increase in youth unemployment says ILO

    11 August 2010

    Global youth unemployment has reached its highest level on record, and is expected to increase through 2010, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said in a new report issued to coincide with the launch of the UN International Youth Year on 12 August.

  2. ILO launches implementation phase of new international labour standard at XVIII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2010)

    22 July 2010

    The ILO held a series of events under the theme “Preventing HIV, Protecting human rights at work” at the AIDS 2010 Conference to mark the launch of a new labour standard adopted by ILO government, employer and worker representatives in June. With its constituents, the ILO focused on developing strong partnerships with the international community of donors, stakeholders implementing HIV policies and programmes and people living with HIV to reduce stigma and discrimination for all workers living with HIV or believed to be HIV positive, to give a new impetus to prevention efforts.

  3. A decent income is the first step towards real freedom

    20 July 2010

    In his speech in December 2009 during World AIDS Day in December 2009 President Zuma demonstrated a renewed quest to deal with HIV and AIDS challenges in the country.

  4. ILO Director-General urges G20 to stay focussed on reducing the global jobs deficit

    28 June 2010

    International Labour Organization Director-General Juan Somavia today welcomed the G20 Leaders’ statement from Toronto in which they gave the “highest priority to safeguard and strengthen the recovery and to the next steps they should take to ensure a full return to growth with quality jobs”.

  5. ILO conference adopts unprecedented new international labour standard on HIV and AIDS

    17 June 2010

    Governments, employers and workers meeting at the annual conference of the International Labour Organization (ILO) today adopted a new international labour standard on HIV and AIDS - the first international human rights instrument to focus specifically on the issue in the world of work.

  6. "Real economy" leaders discuss policy responses to global economic and jobs crisis

    Leaders from the real economy, meeting at the International Labour Organization's annual conference, held a high-level debate on ways out of the global economic and jobs crisis and called for an urgent, balanced policy approach that would combine economic recovery with jobs growth.

  7. ILO warns of new threats to global economic and jobs recovery from debt crisis and financial instability

    01 June 2010

    Growing instability in financial markets and the sovereign debt crisis in Europe may put global economic and jobs recovery efforts at risk, according to a report by International Labour Office Director-General Juan Somavia to be discussed at the ILO’s annual conference.

  8. Norwegian Support to Women Entrepreneurship in Mozambique

    12 April 2010

    From 22nd to 26th March, representatives from Mozambican Women Entrepreneurs’ Associations gathered in Maputo for a comprehensive training session in association management.

  9. National Workshop on Mainstreaming Employment and Decent Work into the national development plan and strategies

    30 March 2010

    The workshop was held at Rainbow Towers, Harare, Zimbabwe and it covered 1.The essence of the Decent Work Agenda and the Toolkit for mainstreaming employment and decent work 2.The Global Jobs Pact and 3.Confronting the employment challenges in Zimbabwe.

  10. More women choosing to work, but gender equality remains a long way off

    05 March 2010

    Despite signs of progress in gender equality over the past 15 years, there is still a significant gap between women and men in terms of job opportunities and quality of employment, according to a new report by the International Labour Office.

  11. High Level Publicity Launch Of The Kadoma Declaration – “Towards A Shared National Social And Economic Vision”

    26 February 2010

    The President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, His Excellency R.G. Mugabe, has officially launched the beginning of a publicity campaign for the Kadoma Declaration – “Towards a Shared National Social and Economic Vision” (the Declaration) on Friday 26 February, 2010.

  12. Regional Director's Visit to Harare

    10 February 2010

    Mr Charles Dan, Regional Director for Africa and Mr. Michel Gozo, Special Advisor to the Regional Director recently passed through the Harare Office on the 10th of February 2010 on their way to the ARLAC Governing Council meeting in Kariba, Zimbabwe.

  13. Twelve project proposals selected by Coop Africa Challenge Fund

    10 February 2010

    Among 192 projects received by the Selection Committee, twelve proposals have been selected during the fourth call for funding by the Challenge Fund in 2010. Coop Africa will provide funding worth USD 635,000.

  14. ILO says economic crisis eroding real wages for second year running

    03 November 2009

    Global growth in real wages slowed dramatically in 2008 as a result of the economic crisis and is expected to drop even further this year despite signs of a possible economic recovery, the International Labour Organization said. “The continued deterioration of real wages worldwide raises serious questions about the true extent of an economic recovery, especially if government rescue packages are phased out too early. Wage deflation deprives national economies of much needed demand and seriously affects confidence”, said Manuela Tomei, Director, ILO Conditions of Work and Employment Programme and lead author of the study.

  15. Somalia: addressing the root causes of piracy and warlordism

    13 October 2009

    Faced with a dramatic increase in piracy off the Horn of Africa, countries have stepped up their efforts to protect shipping in the region. However, attention is now turning more to the question of why people turn to piracy to make a living and what can be done to provide an alternative. ILO Online reports from Somalia where an ILO programme financed by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) seeks to provide a visible peace dividend to poor communities by engaging them in large scale employment-intensive projects, together with enterprise skills development and the promotion of social dialogue.

  16. Informal employment curbs trade benefits for developing countries

    12 October 2009

    A joint study from the International Labour Organization and the WTO has found that high incidence of informal employment in the developing world suppresses countries' ability to benefit from trade opening by creating poverty traps for workers in job transition. “The study confirms what we know from experience, that by promoting complementarity between decent work objectives and trade, financial and labour market policies, developing countries are much better placed to benefit from trade opening, advance the social dimension of globalization, and to cope with the current crisis” said ILO Director-General Juan Somavia.

  17. ILO welcomes US funding to tackle child labour worldwide

    08 October 2009

    The International Labour Organization’s International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (ILO-IPEC) has welcomed the award of the US Department of Labour of $59 million in new grants to combat child labour in 19 countries around the world. A large part of these funds are to support ILO-IPEC country projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America, where despite the significant progress in the past years in combating child labour, millions of children are still forced to work at the expense of their health, education and future.

  18. G20 Commit to Putting Quality Jobs at the Heart of the Recovery

    25 September 2009

    Leaders of the G20 have welcomed the ILO Global Jobs Pact and the building of “an employment-oriented framework for future economic growth”. ILO Director-General Juan Somavia, who was invited to present a report on policies and prospects for jobs and social protection to the Pittsburgh Summit said, “I welcome the significant commitment of the Leaders to “implementing recovery plans that support decent work, help preserve employment and prioritize job growth.”

  19. Despite continued rise in unemployment, measures taken by G20 governments will save up to 11 million jobs in 2009

    18 September 2009

    Employment and social protection measures taken by G20 governments since the economic crisis began will have created or saved an estimated 7 to 11 million jobs in the G20 countries this year, the Director-General of the International Labour Office (ILO) said in a communication at the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh.

  20. ILO Launches Fourth Call for Proposals to Promote Cooperatives in Africa

    12 September 2009

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) announces the launch, on 14 September 2009, of a fourth call for proposals to promote social economy organizations based on cooperative values and principles through the Cooperative Facility for Africa (CoopAfrica) programme. The programme provides assistance through the Challenge Fund, a competitive bidding process, which supports projects on a cost-sharing basis.