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.

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.

  2. Towards a Better Governance of Labour Migration: Global Trends and National Realities"

    10 September 2011

    ILO in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare is organizing a seminar on "Towards a better governance of labour migration". This seminar will contribute towards enhancing their understanding of issues relating to the overall migration process (Global, Regional trends), the Normative Framework, and the National Policy on Migration.

August 2011

  1. Pilot awareness training course on "Work Adjustment for Recycling and Managing Waste"(WARM)programme

    22 - 23 August 2011

    The Green Jobs Project of the ILO is being implemented in Sri Lanka from October 2010 - July 2012. The project seeks to deepen ILO constituents understanding and commitments for the promotion of gender sensitive green jobs opportunities and a just transition for workers and employers towards an environmentally friendly development in Sri Lanka. A pilot awareness training course on WARM programme is therefore developed with the aim of promoting the safety health and working conditions of waste collectors and workers through the promotion of dialogue and cooperation between waste collectors and community.

  2. Value Chain Development in Solid Waste Management Stakeholder Consultation and Validation Workshop

    19 August 2011

    The International Labour Organization ILO) together with Waste Management Authority of Western Province jointly implements a Value Chain Development (VCD) program for the Compost and Plastic Recycling sector. The overall objective of this workshop is to highlight the findings that focus on improving the competitiveness of the composting and plastic recycling sectors in order to achieve its potential for development of the local economy and to create more green jobs. Its purpose is also to bring all relevant stakeholders together to take actions towards making the sector effective and progressive.

  3. Judicial Colloquium on Human Trafficking and Forced Labour for Magistrates

    7 - 9 August 2011

    The programme will include sessions on international labour standards and conventions relating to human trafficking and forced labour, domestic law and amendments on the subject, prosecutions, victims and psychological impact etc. This programme is being developed in consultation with the Ministry of Justice and the Judges Training Institute.

  4. National Workshop on Skills Recognition of Migrant Workers

    4 - 5 August 2011

    The national workshop on "Skills Recognition for Migrant Workers" provides an opportunity for countries in the South Asia region to, further consider the issue, share their experiences and learn first hand of the Sri Lankan efforts to implement the national action plan for the skills recognition of migrant workers. This workshop is organised by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development; Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission; Ministry of Foreign Employment Promotion & Welfare, Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment and the ILO.

  5. Regional Conference on Human Resource Development through Tertiary Vocational and Education and Training (TVET) as a development strategy in Asia

    2 - 3 August 2011

    This conference was organized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development together with the ILO, ADB and World University Services Canada. Web link for the Conference

July 2011

  1. Employers’ Organizations and Disability Inclusion: Study Tour 18 – 22 July 2011, Colombo, Sri Lanka

    18 July - 22 August 2011

    People with disabilities face severe unemployment in the Asia and Pacific region and throughout the world and they make up a significant proportion of the world’s poor, as much as 20 per cent by UN estimates. Yet, they are often excluded from the very opportunities − social, educational and vocational − that could lead them out of poverty. More than half of the world’s disabled people − a total of 370 million − live in the Asia and the Pacific region and of those, 238 million are of working age. No country can successfully develop when such a large segment − between 5 to 20 per cent of the population by various estimates − are excluded from the social and economic mainstream.

June 2011

  1. “Green Light for Green Jobs” – Employers Symposium

    30 June 2011

    This symposium was held on 30th June 2011 for members of the Employers' Federation of Ceylon (EFC)to raise awareness on the concept of green jobs, to brief them on a proposed green initiative mapping exercise and to build capacities within the EFC (professional staff and organisations in the membership of the EFC).

May 2011

  1. Trade Union Training on Promoting Compliance to Core Labour Standards and Decent Work in Special Economic Zones

    19 - 20 May 2011

    This capacity-building program sought to look at gaps or weaknesses as well as areas of possible trade union actions in the observance of core labour standards in special economic zones and enterprises in Sri Lanka.

  2. Green Jobs-AP online discussion forum on policies, programs and measures to promote Green Jobs

    16 May - 5 June 2011

    This forum seeks participants’ experiences, expertise and feedback on the issue. Participation is open to all who have an interest in green jobs related issues.

  3. APYouthNet online discussion forum on the effects of labour migration policies on young people

    16 - 27 May 2011

    This forum seeks participants’ experiences, expertise and feedback on the issue. Participation is open to all who have an interest in youth employment related issues.

April 2011

  1. Visioning Event for an ILO Asia Pacific Community of Practice on Industrial Relations (AP-IR Net)

    26 - 28 April 2011

    Launched as part of the Asian Decent Work Decade Knowledge Networks series, the AP-IR Net community of Practice (CoP) sets the stage for ILO constituents, IR professionals, academia and others to interact and to share resources, experiences, expertise and ideas in order to find timely solutions to a range of legal, policy and practical challenges in labour and employment relations.

  2. A judicial colloquium on the impact of ILO conventions on the adjudication of disputes before Labour Tribunals

    23 April 2011

    This is a meeting of labour tribunal presidents with ILO experts and justices of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka to discuss procedural and adjudication aspects of Labour Disputes.

March 2011

  1. Workshop on Promoting Workplace Cooperation and Upgrading Conciliation and Mediation Skills

    10 - 12 March 2011

    In Sri Lanka, the dispute settlement machinery has to meet the challenges of effective disposal of disputes pending before conciliators. In order to enhance the conciliation skills of conciliators and create awareness on prevention of disputes through workplace cooperation, a workshop is organized for BOI and Ministry of Labour officials.

  2. Train the Trainer (TOT) workshop on Capacity Building of Labour Inspectors on Effective and Modern Labour Inspection Strategies

    3 - 5 March 2011

    Sri Lanka has embarked to recruit 300 new inspectors. The Inspectors need to be provided with induction training and on the job training on planning, programming and evaluation of inspections. The training programme focussed on imparting practical skills to the trainers in order to be able to develop capacity within the new labour inspectors in order to ensure compliance of the labour law in Sri Lanka.

January 2011

  1. Asia-Pacific Knowledge Sharing Network on Youth Employment (APYouthNet): Rejuvenation Event

    25 - 28 January 2011

    APYouthNet will host a rejuvenation event to take stock of the progress made in the community since its launch two years ago.

  2. National Green Jobs Conference

    24 - 25 January 2011

    The National Green Jobs Conference “Green Jobs: the Way Forward” was organized by ILO in collaboration with the Ministries of Labour and Labour Relations and Productivity Promotion, with financial support from the Australian Government, under the ILO-Australia Partnership Programme 2010 – 2015. The conference discussed ways of supporting environmentally, economically and socially sustainable enterprises and development, and the creation of more green jobs in Sri Lanka. More than 100 participants, representing government departments and institutions, employers' and workers' organizations, private sector, NGOs, research institutes and media attended this two day conference.

October 2010

  1. The Role of Trade Unions in Youth Employment

    19 - 21 October 2010

  2. Regional training programme for Trade Unionists on Child Labour

    11 - 13 October 2010

    Module based training programme for selected trade unionists