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. “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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  3. Sri Lankan women improve their livelihoods through cooperatives in the groundnut value chain

    28 November 2019

    Two women producers supported by the ILO LEED+ project share their stories on how they increased their income through cooperatives in the groundnut value chain.

  4. Let them fly, don’t clip their wings !

    26 November 2019

    Ridma Weerawardena is the latest musician from around the world to join the ILO’s Global Music Against Child Labour Initiative. The song is his contribution to the global and Sri Lankan fight to end child labour

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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).

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.