June 2016

  1. Innovative global and regional partnerships are essential for youth employment

    09 June 2016

    Millions of young people worldwide are having difficulty finding a decent job. Many in the informal economy are facing poverty and few prospects for a brighter future. At a High-Level World of Work Summit at the 105th International Labour Conference, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder told delegates that investment in young people is investing in the future of entire societies. At the Summit, delegates heard a number of concrete steps to bring more young people into the world of work including building strong national and international partnerships that promote green jobs, focus on young people in rural areas and create opportunities to enhance digital skills.

  2. Realizing a future of fair migration

    08 June 2016

    As migrants fleeing poverty and persecution continue to make headlines around the world, how can we create systems of governance that provide regular and safe migration to meet migrants’ rights and labour market needs? The ILO's Salwa Kanaana discusses with Michelle Leighton, ILO Chief of Migration Branch, and Ruba Jaradat, ILO Regional Director for the Arab States.

  3. Global Supply Chains: Lessons from Bahrain

    06 June 2016

    Hasan Alhalwachi, General Secretary of the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions (GFBTU) explains the challenges of Global Supply Chains in Bahrain and how Trade Unions can implement decent work in global supply chains.

  4. Job creation and employment: The case of Jordan

    06 June 2016

    Haidar Touran, General Secretary of the General Federation of Jordan Trade Unions (GFJTU) explains the challenges of job creation and employment in Jordan.

May 2016

  1. It's here: The 105th International Labour Conference

    26 May 2016

    The 105th International Labour Conference gets underway in Geneva, Switzerland from 30 May - 12 June. This year's session brings together over 4,000 delegates from around the globe to discuss the most pressing issues facing the world of work today. Youth employment, global supply chains and decent work in fragile states will all be high on the agenda.

  2. ILO Director-General Guy Ryder visits Harran District in Turkey’s southeastern Sanliurfa province

    25 May 2016

    International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General Guy Ryder visits Harran District in Turkey’s southeastern Sanliurfa province and meets with Syrian refugees in the camp to hear some of their needs and concerns.

  3. Syrian refugees in Turkey train for better jobs with their host communities

    23 May 2016

    Syrian refugees and members of the host community are taking part in Turkish language courses and vocational training programmes to increase their employability. These programmes in Turkey are being implemented by local partners with support from the ILO to improve livelihoods and decent work opportunities for both communities. (Closed Captions available)

  4. Tackling the twin challenges of child labour and youth unemployment through apprenticeships

    03 May 2016

    The International L​abour Organization and the International Youth Foundation have joined forces to tackle child labour and help young workers at risk of exploitation through upgrading apprenticeships in Jordan. The programme involves youth aged between 16 and 24 who are either engaged in child labour or who are vulnerable to exploitation due to being engaged in unregulated, and sometimes hazardous work.

March 2016

  1. ILO Director-General calls for improved conditions for water workers

    22 March 2016

    In his message for World Water Day, Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General and Chair of UN-Water, highlights the situation of the some 1.5 billion people who work in water, many of whom are not recognized for the work they do, nor protected by basic labour rights.

February 2016

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    Women in agriculture

    22 February 2016

    An ILO initiative in north Lebanon is training women on food preparation and marketing, to help them make a living, market excess produce, and carve a visible role for themselves in the agricultural sector.

  2. Guy Ryder talks jobs for Syrian refugees with Richard Quest

    04 February 2016

    90% of refugees in Jordan live in poverty. Guy Ryder, the Director-General of the ILO, says that there is a consensus that we need to find legal pathways for refugees into local labour markets. It is possible to combine the interests of local workers and Syrian refugees.

  3. Including jobs and livelihoods in Syria Donor Conference encouraging, says ILO

    03 February 2016

    By including jobs, livelihoods and education in its agenda, the Syria Donor Conference in London will help address urgent developmental as well as humanitarian needs, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder tells the Associated Press. (Begins at 2:56)

January 2016

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    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder: Decent Work key to helping Syria refugees and host communities

    29 January 2016

    Creating jobs and boosting livelihoods for both refugees and local communities in host countries is vital for the success of the global response to the Syria refugee crisis, said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder during his first official visit to Jordan, host to hundreds of thousands of Syria refugees (subtitles in English and Arabic are available in closed caption).

  2. Gaza fishers gain new skills and greater hope for future employment

    14 January 2016

    An ILO training initiative gives a group of young Gaza fishers, beleaguered by severe restrictions on movement and trade, a chance to learn new skills and increase their chances of employment.

December 2015

  1. Livelihoods festival promotes ties between Syrian refugees and Jordanian host communities

    09 December 2015

    The ILO, through its "Enhancing job opportunities and livelihoods in host communities” project, supported a two-day festival in the Northern city of Ramtha in Jordan, designed to promote home-based businesses for both Syrian and Jordanian families. It is one of a series of similar events being supported by the ILO, as part of the UN agency’s wider efforts to enhance employment opportunities and livelihoods in communities straining to cope with the influx of large numbers of refugees in the region.

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    ILO “Business Game” and the Palestinian entrepreneurs

    04 December 2015

    The International Labour Organization (ILO), in coordination with the Sharek Youth Forum, brought together a group of 18 Palestinian students from various colleges in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) to take part in the ILO’s Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB) “business game.” The game was conducted in the West Bank city of Ramallah in front of well-known community leaders and 60 other students who watched the proceedings with enthusiasm.

  3. Introduction to an ILO livelihoods project

    03 December 2015

    Chief Technical Advisor for the Enabling Job Resilience and Protecting Decent Work Conditions in Rural Communities Affected by the Syrian Refugee Crisis in Northern Lebanon project, Annabella Skof, speaks about the project's work and approach.

November 2015

  1. Why is reporting fairly on migration so important?

    25 November 2015

    In the following series of videos, media professionals, human rights activists and trade unionists, share their views on the most critical aspects of communicating on labour migration.

October 2015

  1. Developing skills to achieve decent work

    28 October 2015

    The ILO launched reports on skills needs in two key sectors of Jordan’s economy. The reports, by the ILO’s Skills for Trade and Economic Diversification (STED) in Jordan project, shed light on the situation of the Jordanian pharmaceutical sector and the food processing and beverage sector from a skills and labour market perspective. This video examines some of the challenges the two sectors are facing in terms of skills mismatch and looks at how the ILO intervention could help narrow some of the existing gaps.

  2. ILO tackles child labour in agriculture in Lebanon

    27 October 2015

    An ILO “training of trainers” workshop took child labour practitioners to the heart of the fertile Beqaa Valley, to witness first-hand some of the hazards of child labour in agriculture.