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. The ITCILO invites youth to the Summer Global Youth Forum 2022

    04 July 2022

    The ITCILO, training arm of the International Labour Organization, invites undergraduate, graduate students and young professionals to participate in the Summer Global Youth Forum 2022 – an experiential learning platform bringing youth at the forefront of efforts aimed at supporting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and achieving its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  2. Protecting and promoting migrant workers' rights through enhanced engagement by state officials, trade union members, and civil society partners in national, regional and international labour migration processes

    29 June 2022

    The ILO in Sri Lanka through its Safe Labour Migration Project (Phase IV) supported by the Government of Switzerland, is collaborating with HELVETAS to capacitate state officials, trade unionists, and civil society partners engaged in migrant rights protection.

  3. Better Work partners with Sri Lankan industry stakeholders

    06 February 2022

    The ILO and IFC’s Better Work programme is launching an ambitious intervention in Sri Lanka, with the support of the European Union.

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    ILO downgrades labour market recovery forecast for 2022

    17 January 2022

    The ILO’s World Employment and Social Outlook Trends 2022 report warns of a slow and uncertain recovery, as the pandemic continues to have a significant impact on global labour markets.


  1. Supporting Sri Lankan Youth seize the potential of entrepreneurship, International Labour Organization and the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce embark on new partnership

    08 November 2021

    The collaboration is among the many key initiatives of ILO’s South Asia Leadership in Entrepreneurship Programme implemented in Sri Lanka and Nepal, and funded by the U.S. Department of State

  2. Decent work for sanitation workers in South Asia under the spotlight

    21 October 2021

    A recent workshop highlighted existing challenges and opportunities, as well as actions taken by the ILO, governments and social partners to address decent work deficits facing sanitation workers in South Asia.

  3. Commemorating the World Day against Trafficking in Persons

    30 July 2021

    The development partners working together to combat trafficking in persons, present recommendations for consideration of the Government

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

    15 July 2021

  5. 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)

  6. 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.

  7. 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.