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. ILO facilitates symposium to update Operational Manual for Sri Lankan Diplomatic Missions, enhancing protection and welfare for Sri Lankan migrant workers abroad.

    25 September 2019

    The ILO Country Office for Sri Lanka and Maldives in partnership with Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), facilitated a three-day symposium on ‘Enhancing protection and welfare for Sri Lankan migrant workers abroad’ on 18th – 20th September 2019 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

  2. ILO-led National Cooperative Policy of Sri Lanka

    17 September 2019

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) welcomes cabinet approval received for the National Policy on Cooperatives.

  3. ILO and UNFCCC conducts Asia-Pacific region workshop on climate change responses and transition to decent work

    11 September 2019

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) along with the UN Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC) organized an Asia-Pacific region workshop to discuss maximizing the positive and minimizing the negative impacts of implementing climate change response measures.

  4. Strengthening partnerships for combatting Human Trafficking in Sri Lanka

    31 July 2019

    The ILO Country Office for Sri Lanka and the Maldives commemorate the World Day against human trafficking on 30th of July 2019 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

  5. National Mediation Day

    26 July 2019

    On the 25th of July, the International Labour Organization together with the Mediation Boards Commission, Ministry of Justice and Prison Reforms in partnership with The Asia Foundation celebrated National Mediation Day.

  6. Action plan for National Labour Migration Policy completed

    19 July 2019

    The final inter-ministerial workshop in the process of updating the NLMP took place on 18th July 2019 at the Movenpick Hotel with the inter- ministerial consultation workshop on the National Action Plan (NAP).

  7. Learning to learn for life and work

    15 July 2019

    On 15 July 2019, the International Labour Organization (ILO) joins the global celebration of World Youth Skills Day (WYSD) that raises awareness of the importance of youth skills development.

  8. EQUIP launches campaign to eradicate forced labour and human trafficking.

    14 July 2019

    EQUIP Project of the ILO launched the ‘Hari Paren Yamu’ (Let’s take the right path) campaign that create awareness on the importance of safe labour migration, forced labour and human trafficking.

  9. New safety and health issues emerge as the world of work changes

    27 June 2019

    The ILO Country Office for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, together with the Ministry of Labour and Trade Union Relations, Department of Labour, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) and trade unions will hold an event on Occupational Safety and Health at work on the 27th of June in Colombo.

  10. Launch of a Girl Guide Badge on Preventing Child Labour

    19 June 2019

    Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association (SLGGA), in partnership with the ILO in Sri Lanka and Maldives, launched a new badge on preventing Child Labour to mark World Day Against Child Labour last week.

  11. ILO hosts tour of the Qatar Visa Center in Sri Lanka

    18 June 2019

    ILO brought together a broad range of migration stakeholders in Sri Lanka to discuss progress on ensuring fair recruitment for migrant workers through the Qatar Visa Center (QVC) in Colombo. The ILO is providing technical advice on the development of the Colombo QVC which aim to make the recruitment and deployment procedures faster and more transparent for both migrant workers and employers in Qatar, as well as eliminate contract deception.

  12. Children should work on their dreams, not on fields !

    12 June 2019

    World Day Against Child Labour is marked on 12 June. Its theme in 2019 is children should work on their dreams, not on fields.

  13. “To be a child is to be a dreamer”

    12 June 2019

    Not be breadwinners or burdened with adult responsibility. An opinion editorial by Ms Simrin Singh, Country Director, ILO Country Office for Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

  14. The International Labour Organization (ILO) and International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) sensitize journalists on fair recruitment and forced labour

    10 May 2019

    On 4th of April, ILO in collaboration with International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and Free Media Movement (FMM) facilitated an Editorial Round Table discussion for editors of local media followed by a two-day training program for 25 journalists.

  15. © World Future Council 2019

    Awarding innovative policies to empower youth

    18 April 2019

    National, local and regional governments and non-governmental organizations are encouraged to showcase decent work policies that help youth reach their full potential.

  16. The International Labour Organization (ILO) Commemorates a Century of Advancing Social Justice and Decent Work

    17 April 2019

    In Sri Lanka, themes of future of work and the best of young Sri Lankan talent took centre stage as the ILO marked its 100th year with a colourful centenary event in Colombo. The centenary celebrations were graced by His Excellency, Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka and the Hon. Minister of Labour and Trade Union Relations, Ravindra Samaraweera.

  17. Sri Lanka renews commitment to combat forced labour

    11 April 2019

    Sri Lanka has ratified the Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention becoming the 31st ILO Member State to do so.

  18. ILO 24-hour global tour of centenary celebrations to stop in seven countries in Asia-Pacific

    01 April 2019

    On 11 April 1919, ILO’s constitution was adopted in Paris. 100 years later, the diversity and reach of ILO’s work will be showcased in a global live show, webcast from 24 locations in 24 hours, as part of the organisation’s centenary celebrations. The global show will stop-over in seven countries across Asia and the Pacific.

  19. 100 years in a day – the ILO embraces the globe with a ‘virtual’ tour

    28 March 2019

    A global webcast, covering 24 offices in 24 hours, will showcase the diversity of ILO work, as part of the ILO 100 celebrations.

  20. Marking a centenary of service to the world: ILO celebrates with communities in Jaffna, Sri Lanka

    20 March 2019

    In Sri Lanka, the ILO marks its 71st year of partnership. In light of its long-term engagement with the people of Sri Lanka, including in the Northern Province, the ILO celebrated its centenary across the North between 18th and 19th March 2019.