Events and meetings

The ILO Office in Sri Lanka organizes and takes part in a wide range of meetings, conferences, workshops and training events. More information about the events listed below can be found by clicking on the relevant link or contacting us by email.

November 2012

  1. Product Exhibition of Graduates of Technical Training in Vavuniya

    14 November 2012

    The ILO Empowering Conflict Affected Communities (ECAC) Project funded the technical training of advance sewing and candle making for 40 women of Chettikulam DS Division in Vavuniya District. The training was facilitated by Industries Officer, Science and Technology Officer and Women Development Officer attached to Divisional Secretariat Office and at the end of the training on 14th November 2012, the graduates organized an exhibition of their products made during the training. The exhibition was well received by the public and this made the women confident to enter into entrepreneurship.

  2. Consultative Workshop on the Decent Work Country Policy Analysis

    1 November 2012

    The objective of the workshop is to identify and reach consensus on the priority areas for the Decent Work Country Policy Analysis for Sri Lanka with the tripartite constituents.

October 2012

  1. Launch of National Human Resources and Employment Policy

    30 October 2012

    The National Human Resources and Employment Policy formulated by the Secretariat for Senior Ministers,with ILO technical and financial support will be launched at a high-level ceremony under the patronage of H.E. Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. The Government of Sri Lanka commenced the formulation of the National Human Resources and Employment Policy (NHREP) in June 2011. It is expected to be a wide ranging and overarching policy document.

  2. Workshop on Public Employment Services

    23 - 25 October 2012

    Three day workshop on Public Employment Services has been organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Productivity Promotion from 23-25th October 2012. Officials from the the Ministry of Productivity Promotion, Ministry of Labour & Labour Relations, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Skills Development, Ministry of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Foreign Employment Promotion & Welfare Employers and workers and ILO staff involved in Employment Services will participate at this workshop

August 2012

  1. Green Jobs in Asia Regional Conference

    29 - 31 August 2012

    On 29-31 August 2012, a tripartite regional workshop will discuss the Green Jobs in Asia project to highlight successful approaches, areas of improvement and the way forward. Representatives from GJA will include Bangladesh, Indonesia, Nepal, the Philippines and Sri Lanka. They will be joined by additional countries with Green Jobs experience: China, Fiji, India and Thailand.

  2. National Tripartite Workshop on the Introduction of Employment Injury Insurance Scheme in Sri Lanka

    23 - 24 August 2012

    The objectives of the workshop are to identify priority needs in establishing EII in line with ILO relevant mandate such as Convention No. 102, Conventions No. 121, and to create awareness and understanding of principle, method of operating of the EII scheme and international and regional comparison.

May 2012

  1. Training Programme on Prevention of Trafficking in Persons for Recruitment Agents

    28 May 2012

    This Programme will be conducted for 75 Recruitment Agents in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE). The rationale for the Programme is that Recruitment Agents are in a position to raise awareness on the legal channels of migrating for foreign employment and thereby minimize the vulnerability to trafficking. The Sessions will include topics such as ‘Introduction to Trafficking in Persons – International & National Standards, Trafficking for Labour Exploitation, Complaints mechanism, Identification of Victims and offenders, Kafala system and the potential for abuse.

  2. Training Programme on Trafficking in Persons for Immigration Officers

    22 - 24 May 2012

    This Programme will be conducted for 100 Immigration Officers based at the Bandaranaike International Airport. Sessions will include, Investigations to identify trafficking offenders & victims, channeling cases to the relevant law enforcement authorities, Foreign Employment and the legal recruitment process, International & National laws on Trafficking in Persons, Identification of forged documentation, Child Trafficking.

  3. Training Programme on Prevention of Trafficking in Persons for Airport Taxi Drivers, Cab Drivers, 3 wheeler taxi drivers

    15 - 20 May 2012

    Three Training Programmes will be conducted for 100 Airport Taxi Drivers, 100 Taxi Cab Drivers, and 100 3 Wheeler drivers. The rationale being that taxi drivers, by virtue of their vocation may come into contact with victims and offenders of human trafficking, and as such are in an ideal position to report such cases to the law enforcement authorities. The Training Programme will include the following sessions; What is Human Trafficking- trafficking for labour exploitation, commercial sexual exploitation etc. , National laws and penalties for the offence of trafficking, Trauma & Psychological impact on victims, Investigation and reporting of cases, Legal Recruitment processes & Foreign Employment.

  4. A Regional Consultative Forum on Welfare & Protection of Migrant Workers"

    13 - 15 May 2012

    A Regional Consultation is planned from 13-15th May 2012 in Amman Jordan, to review operational guidelines in Sri Lankan Diplomatic Missions to ensure the protection of migrant workers.

  5. Youth Employment in Asia and the Pacific

    1 May 2012

    As a lead-up to the Youth Employment Forum to be held in Geneva, 23-25 May 2012, many activities were held globally to highlight youth employment issues. Thirteen countries in Asia and the Pacific are organizing various activities to raise awareness on the importance of youth employment.

April 2012

  1. Training Workshop on Work Adjustment for Recycling and Management of Waste

    27 April 2012

    The Waste Management Authority of the Western Province of Sri Lanka in partnership with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the Ministry of Labour and Labour Relations conducted the last in a series of 7 workshops to train 300 lead trainers in Work Adjustment for Recycling and Management of Waste.

  2. Workshop to capture “Young Voices from Sri Lanka”

    26 April 2012

    This workshop is to capture “Young Voices from Sri Lanka” in a participatory and inclusive manner, will take centre-stage on 26th April at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute in Colombo. The Workshop will comprise 60 young persons drawn from the 25 districts of the Island, who will contribute to a Position Paper that will reflect the contemporary concerns of Sri Lankan youth. The Workshop is being convened by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development, under the auspices of its Minister, the Hon. Dullas Alahapperuma with technical and financial support from the International Labour Organisation in partnership with ILO constituents in Sri Lanka.

  3. Improving recruitment practices of employment agencies recruiting migrant workers

    9 April 2012

    The objective of the workshop is to share the findings of the review of the migrant worker recruitment industry in Sri Lanka title “Recruitment Practices of Employment Agencies Recruiting Migrant Workers - A Review aimed at improving recruitment regulations and drafting Recruitment Guidelines” and to obtain stakeholder views and comments on the findings, conclusions and recommendation in the report.

  4. Public validation workshop on the National Human Resources and Employment Policy

    5 April 2012

    The Public Validation Workshop on the Sri Lanka's National Human Resources and Employment Policy will be held on 5th April 2012 at the Taj Samudra Hotel. The final draft of the NHREP will be validated with the participation of representatives of government, employers, trade unions and academic institutions. The comments emanating from the workshop will be used to finalize the document and launch it in May 2012. The Senior Ministers Secretariat of the Government is leading the process of formulating the policy with technical assistance from the ILO."

March 2012

  1. Working with men to address gender-based violence in the workplace

    19 - 20 March 2012

    This training programme is an attempt to address the issue by taking men on a self-reflective journey of understanding their actions, behavior patterns and motivations through a gender lens and thereby moving towards becoming active in not only preventing gender-based violence in the work place but also thinking and acting in more gender equal ways in the domestic sphere.

  2. Meeting of Stakeholders to develop the Municipal Solid Waste Management sector in the Western Province of Sri Lanka

    15 March 2012

    Key stakeholders of the Municipal Solid Waste Management sector in Sri Lanka joined together in the first steering group meeting on implementation of value chain development proposals in the Municipal Solid Waste Management sector on 15th March 2012 at the WMA Conference Room, Colombo. This meeting was organized by the Waste Management Authority (WMA) of Western Province together with ILO Green Jobs project, and was attended by fifteen key stakeholders from following organizations. Key amongst the proposals adopted for future work were the development of a database on employees in the SWM sector; work on systematizing the recruitment of workers for the sector; development of a database on government and private sector entities involved in composting sector; assistance to the WMA to register plastic recycling businesses and developing a database; and organizing of a study tour for WMA zonal managers to learn best practices for zonal managers and technical officers in waste management.

  3. Training Programme for conciliators of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment for effective prevention and settlement of disputes pertaining to migrant workers

    8 - 10 March 2012

    Grievances of the migrant workers are mainly handled in Sri Lanka by the Conciliation Division of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment which has 16 conciliation officers located in the SLBFE and in regional centers island-wide. In addition several other government and non-governmental organizations including recruitment agencies are involved in receiving complaints from the migrant workers in Sri Lanka, which channel the complaints to the Conciliation division of the SLBFE.

February 2012

  1. National consultation on reviews of mechanisms that address migrant worker grievances in Sri Lanka and in Labour Receiving Countries

    13 February 2012 - 13 February 2011

    In 2011,the ILO country office commissioned two studies to review grievance redress mechanism available to Sri Lankan migrant workers within Sri Lanka and countries of employment. The aim of commissioning these reviews were to support the improvement of the current systems of migrant worker grievance handling mechanisms. The objective of the National consultation is to share the findings of both reviews and to obtain stakeholder views and comments on the findings, conclusions and recommendations in each report.This forum will be the foundation for the next phase of this initiative which includes a meeting of the diplomatic missions in the Labour receiving countries and the formulation of a new operational framework for diplomatic missions in addressing migrant worker issues.

December 2011

  1. Action Against Gender-Based Violence at Work - A workshop for employers

    7 December 2011

    The International Labour Organization (ILO), in partnership with the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) is organizing the above workshop under the Joint United Nations Programme on Prevention of and Response to Gender-Based Violence in Sri Lanka. Participants of this workshop will be exposed to an overview on gender, prevention of gender-based violence and sexual harassment at work and the corresponding legal framework in Sri Lanka. The workshop will also provide a platform to share experiences, best practices and information with individuals and/or organizations with interests in action against GBV and identify appropriate strategies for collaboration. Speakers and participants for the workshop will be drawn from the private sector, employers' organizations and international agencies, all working on this important agenda.