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.

May 2012

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

November 2011

  1. A WARMer and Greener initiative for decent work

    23 November - 29 December 2011

    This training is funded under the ILO – Australian Partnership Agreement (2010 – 2015) being implemented in Sri Lanka from October 2010 – June 2012.

October 2011

  1. ILO Capacity Building Programme: Working with UN. Workers and Employers contribution to Achieving Decent Work in a changing regional environment

    20 - 21 October 2011

    The Regional Unit for Partnerships is supporting Geneva colleagues (EXREL, PARDEV and INTEGRATION) to respond effectively to the requests of the Governing Body (TC committee) to assist workers and employers organisations to increase institutional capacity to mainstream decent work into UN processes, with a special focus on social partners participation into DWCPs and UNDAFs. This workshop is part of a series of bi-partite training for social partners - similar workshops took place in the Africa and the Americas region in 2010, and the Arab region in 2011

  2. Subregional Seminar on "Strengthening the Labour Movement to Achieve Decent Work"

    18 - 19 October 2011

  3. Foundation Training workshop on Green Jobs for ILO constituents and partners

    13 - 14 October 2011

    The two day programme will cover issues relating to Green Jobs such as the key concepts of Green Jobs; the importance of Green Jobs within the lexicon of Sustainable Businesses; regional perspectives and initiatives; the national legal regime for creating Green Jobs and the role of social partners in promoting Green Jobs for a just transition to a green development paradigm. The workshop will be structured around presentations; working group sessions and the analysis of local case studies for improvement and/or replication. This activity is funded by the Australia Government – ILO Partnership Agreement 2010-2015.

  4. Foundation Training workshop on Green Jobs for ILO constituents and partners

    13 - 14 October 2011

    The two programme will cover issues relating to Green Jobs such as the key concepts of Green Jobs; the importance of Green Jobs within the lexicon of Sustainable Businesses; regional perspectives and initiatives; the national legal regime for creating Green Jobs and the role of social partners in promoting Green Jobs for a just transition to a green development paradigm. The workshop will be structured around presentations; working group sessions and the analysis of local case studies for improvement and/or replication. This activity is funded by the Australia Government – ILO Partnership Agreement 2010-2015.

  5. National Technical Seminar on the Formulation of the National Human Resources and Employment Policy

    13 - 14 October 2011

    The ILO has provided strong technical support to many countries to develop their respective human resource and employment policies. A high level discussion of the findings of the ten thematic working groups and technical consultations in preparing background documents on the National Human Resources and Employment Policy.

  6. Employers Organizations: Enhanced effectiveness in membership promotion,retention, lobbying, services and sharing of policies,services on labour-trade issues

    4 - 5 October 2011

    The workshop is organized by International Training Centre of the ILO in Turin and the Dutch Employers Cooperation Programme (DECP) in collaboration with Bureau for Employers’ Activities (ACT-EMP) in Geneva and the support of the ILO Offices in New delhi and Sri Lanka to strengthen the employers’ organizations to perform more effectively by increasing the skills of key personnel and their capacity to boost the effectiveness of EOs in South Asia by sharing of practices on membership promotion /retention, services, lobbying in general, and with specific reference to lobbying/services on labour related issues in trade.

September 2011

  1. Residential Programme on the Prevention of Trafficking in Persons in Sri Lanka for State Counsel

    16 - 18 September 2011

    The application of international conventions including human rights instruments and ILO conventions are important tools in the development of national legislation criminal legislation on the prevention of human trafficking. Cognizant of the importance of applying such standards in the prosecution of such cases, the International Labour Organization (ILO) together with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) organized a Residential Training Programme for the State Prosecutors of the Attorney General’s Department in Sri Lanka.