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 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.

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    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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. “The Future of Work in Sri Lanka” report launch

    13 March 2019

    Shaping technology transitions for a brighter future

  9. Sri Lanka’s first ever ‘eco-recommended’ fisheries

    27 February 2019

    With the support of the ILO Local Empowerment through Economic Development (LEED) project funded by the Australian government, two blue swimming crab fisheries in Sri Lanka become the country’s first ever ‘eco-recommended’ fisheries. The five-year collaborative efforts involved the local seafood industry, government agencies and fishery cooperatives.

  10. ILO/World Bank: Increased exports in Sri Lanka can improve jobs, raise wages

    25 February 2019

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    Only one third of children covered by social protection: ILO, UNICEF

    06 February 2019

    A new report by UNICEF and the ILO highlights the critical need to extend social protection to all children.

  12. ILO supports flood-affected micro, small and medium enterprises in Ratnapura

    24 January 2019

    Under ILO’s global flagship “Jobs for Peace and Resilience” programme, immediate flood support was given to 69 entrepreneurs in the Ratnapura Division to restart their businesses on 21st January 2019.

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    A human-centred agenda needed for a decent future of work

    22 January 2019

    A Universal Labour Guarantee, social protection from birth to old age and an entitlement to lifelong learning are among ten recommendations made in a landmark report by the ILO’s Global Commission on the Future of Work.

  14. Global Commission to launch landmark Future of Work report

    14 January 2019

  15. 100 years of fighting for Social Justice

    02 January 2019

    To welcome the beginning of the ILO’s century year, we look at the organization’s history and impact – and how it is preparing for its second century.


  1. ILO Boosts Disaster Resilience of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in Sri Lanka

    27 December 2018

    With the support from Government of Japan ILO assist in strengthening climate change resilience and disaster recovery within Sri Lanka’s MSME sector.

  2. International Migrants Day 2018.

    18 December 2018

    Sri Lanka’s Migrant Women Domestic Workers: The Family Background Report five years on

  3. International Day of Persons with Disabilities: Shaping an Inclusive World of Work in Sri Lanka

    03 December 2018

    The Employers’ Disability Network, pioneered by the International Labour Organization and Employers Federation of Ceylon, has been lauded as a case study for mainstreaming disability into the world of work

  4. ILO CLEAR project (Country Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce Child Labour) joined forces with Department of Manpower and Employment to strengthen School to Work Transition

    28 November 2018

    The ToT training programme on school to work transition was held in Colombo on 26th and 27th November 2018 and 44 career guidance officers and Human Resource Development Officers from Deparment of Manpower and Employment trained from Gampaha and Colombo districts.

  5. Better Jobs and economic resilience through disaster resilience of rural communities

    11 October 2018

    ILO looks to increase resilience of flood-affected plantation communities in South and West and drought-affected farmers in Northern Sri Lanka