Press releases

This is a list of official ILO press releases issued by the ILO Office in Sri Lanka. The most recent release is at the top.


  1. Adaptation in the Pandemic: World Youth Skills Day 2021

    15 July 2021

  2. Rebuild Better Together – International Day of Cooperatives 2021

    03 July 2021

    ILO Sri Lanka’s LEED+ Project is helping create livelihoods and build resilience for communities in the Northern Province through Cooperatives (Coops)

  3. Making Decent Work a reality for Domestic Workers

    16 June 2021

    International Domestic Workers Day 2021. 10 years since adoption of ILO C189. Inclusion in labour laws.

  4. Putting down roots

    31 May 2021

    Groundnut cultivation supported by ILO’s SURAR Project is not only helping resettled communities to revive their livelihoods but also reintegrate with existing communities in the Mullaitivu District


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    81 million jobs lost as COVID-19 creates turmoil in Asia-Pacific labour markets

    15 December 2020

    Pandemic leads to huge reduction in working hours, reverses job growth and pushes millions into working poverty.

  2. Delivering essential personal protective equipment to micro and small enterprises – keeping workplaces safe and healthy

    20 November 2020

    International Labour Organization (ILO) together with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), purchased and kick- started the delivery of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) worth 47 million Sri Lankan Rupees.

  3. ILO’s LEED+ Expands Private Sector Partnerships with Ceylon Biscuits Limited (CBL) & Alli Foods Pvt Ltd

    06 November 2020

    Supporting livelihoods and strengthening supply-chains during COVID-19

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    Critical gaps in social protection hampering Asia-Pacific region’s resilience to COVID-19

    15 October 2020

    Despite their rapid socioeconomic ascent, most countries in the Asia-Pacific region have weak social protection systems riddled with gaps, says a new report.

  5. A policy journey towards the elimination of Child Labour in Sri Lanka.

    14 October 2020

    Sri Lanka has made a significant progress in combating child labour that can be attributed to its well-placed strong welfare policies. This piece of article was prepared for a symposium titled ' A policy journey towards the elimination of Child Labour in Sri Lanka'.

  6. New ILO-ADB report addresses the impact of COVID-19 on youth employment in Asia and the Pacific

    18 August 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a massive disruption of economies and labour markets with disproportionate impacts on youth employment in Asia and the Pacific, says a new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and Asian Development Bank (ADB).

  7. International Cooperative Day 2020: COOPS for Climate Action

    03 July 2020

    The International Day of Cooperatives is celebrated on the first Saturday of July every year.

  8. Responses to COVID-19: International Labour Standards and tripartite cooperation needed, says the ILO

    29 June 2020

    ILO tools developed over 100 years help to address effectively the global crisis of COVID-19.

  9. Launch of "An ILO for All Seasons": Interview with Kari Tapiola

    26 June 2020

    Kari Tapiola, former Deputy-Director General of the ILO presents his study "An ILO for All Seasons" to be launched on 29th June 2020.

  10. “A time of crisis, a time to act”

    12 June 2020

    "We will indeed take definitive action to ensure our future will be one that is absent of child labour". An opinion editorial by Ms Simrin Singh, Country Director, ILO Country Office for Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

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    Global action to beat COVID-19 crisis vital to prevent employment disaster, ILO tells G20 ministers

    23 April 2020

    More needs to be done to protect workers and support businesses, particularly in low and middle income countries, the ILO Director-General has told labour ministers.

  12. ILO welcomes G20 commitment as a first global step in responding to the COVID-19 crisis

    26 March 2020

    Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization, calls on G20 countries to work together to protect people, jobs, incomes and enterprises from the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  13. Recognising contributions of migrant workers

    04 March 2020

    To celebrate ten years of working on safe labour migration, the ILO together with Helvetas Sri Lanka, and the Embassy of Switzerland in Sri Lanka, hosted an event titled ‘Recognising contribution of migration workers, strengthening safe labour migration processes in Sri Lanka’ on 25th February in Colombo

  14. Decent Work Country Programme task force meets in Jaffna

    28 February 2020

    The 6th Task Force meeting of Sri Lanka's Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) 2018- 2022 was chaired by Mr. D.M.S. Abeyagunawardana, Secretary to the Ministry of Skills Development, Employment and Labour Relations, with the participation of the ILO's tripartite constituents and other government representatives, and on 11-13 February 2020 in the Northern Province


  1. The Maldives Celebrates the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Century of Advancing Social Justice and Decent Work

    18 December 2019

    The centenary celebrations were graced by His H.E. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, President of the Republic of the Maldives.

  2. ILO holds Job Fair for persons with disabilities

    04 December 2019

    ILO/ LEED+ or the Local Empowerment through Economic Development and Reconciliation Project launched in September 2018 in Sri Lanka. Building on more than eight years of work by ILO and multiple stakeholders, the programme promotes resilient, inclusive and sustainable growth strategies for conflict-affected communities.