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.

June 2016

  1. Sri Lanka commits to end child labor in the country

    22 June 2016

    The Ministry of Labour and Trade Union Relations, supported by the ILO Office, held a National event to commemorate World Day Against Child Labour in Colombo.

  2. EU-SDDP Photography and Film Exhibition

    8 June 2016

    ‘Changing Lives’ a photo exhibition and a set of seven documentaries reflects the perseverance of communities in the North and the East of Sri Lanka.

May 2016

  1. Workshop on Introduction to International Labour Standards for Law Students and Legal Academia from the University of Jaffna

    29 May 2016

    Law students and Legal Academia will follow two half day sessions on International Labour Standards and their application in Domestic Courts.

  2. Workshop on International Labour Standards for the Bar Association of Sri Lanka - Northern Province

    28 May 2016

    A Group of Fifty Legal Practitioners in Labour Law will participate in a one day non- residential workshop to discuss ILS with ILO's Senior Specialist Coen Kompier

  3. National Consultation on Future of Work begins in Sri Lanka

    24 May 2016

    The Ministry of Labour and Trade Union Relations, supported by the ILO Office, held a National Consultation to introduce the Future of Work initiative with the relevant stakeholders on 24th May 2016 in Colombo.

  4. Third Symposium for Labour Tribunal President on International Labour Standards and challenges in implementing ILS in Domestic Courts

    14 - 15 May 2016

    This Symposium is the third in a series of Symposia and is in response to a discussion with the Sri Lanka Judges’ Training Institute to support the translation of ILS into domestic ‘courts’ focussed on the Labour Tribunals. The outcome of the Symposium is expected to ensure uniformity and consistency in decision-making in line with international labour standards.

April 2016

  1. Mapping of the Skills Assessment Procedures, Certification Standards and Equivalencies between Sri Lanka and UAE & Kuwait - in identified occupations of the construction industry.

    29 April 2016

    The main objective of the study is to apply standards of selected countries of destination for testing potential migrant workers in identified testing centres that are registered and reliable and reach agreements on joint minimum standards for skills certification and recognition in the construction sector.

  2. World Day for Safety and Health at Work

    28 April 2016

    The ILO, together with the Ministry of Labour, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) and trade unions will commemorate the World Day for Safety and Health at Work on the 28th of April in Colombo.

  3. National Vocational Qualification certificate awards ceremony, Batticaloa

    19 April 2016

    Under European Union funding, ILO join hands with NAITA to award formal NVQ certification to 116 skilled workers to strengthen human resource capacity in Batticaloa.

  4. Child Labour Implementing Partners Capacity Building Workshop

    8 April 2016

    In 2010 at the Global Child Labour Conference at The Hague, Netherlands, Sri Lanka made a commitment to help achieve a country free of the worst forms of child labour by 2016. To give effect to this commitment, Sri Lanka is now implementing a “Road Map for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour” developed with the assistance of ILO to reach zero tolerance of child labour by the end of 2016. The ILO Project on Elimination of Child Labour in Sri Lanka is supporting the government to achieve this national goal.

March 2016

  1. National consultation on the ILO CLEAR Project in Sri Lanka

    24 March 2016

    The ILO partnering the Ministry of Labour and Trade Union Relations to implement project on “ Country Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce Child Labour (CLEAR). The project organised a national consultative workshop with its stakeholder to give awareness of the project

  2. Launch of the employers’ national network of youth initiatives (ENNYI)

    23 March 2016

    To facilitate this process, ENNYI has created a common portal www.empowerme.lk for both employers as well as undergraduates/graduate students from Universities in Sri Lanka in order to make full use of the prospects. Our objective is to help save resources that would have otherwise been spent by both stakeholder in achieving these common objectives.

  3. ILO represent "Youth Speak Forum" in Colombo

    19 March 2016

    “AIESEC, a Volunteer Involving Organization, conducted a ‘YouthSpeak’ Forum on the 19th March 2016 at the Sri Lanka Foundation in Colombo.

  4. Australian high commissioner visits to LEED project

    16 March 2016

    Australian High Commissioner Bryce Hutchesson visited the Northern Province on 16-18 March to inspect Australian-supported LEED project.

  5. High Level South Asian Forum for Employers - Networking Meeting

    10 - 11 March 2016

    The course, which is specifically focused on the South Asian employers' organizations, seeks to bring together the Presidents and CEOs of the employers organizations of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to reinforce the network and mutual exchange

February 2016

  1. National Vocational Qualification certificate awards ceremony, Vavuniya

    25 February 2016

    ILO jointly with NAITA and UNOPS has organised a certificate awarding ceremony for 124 youth through Recognized Prior Learning (RPL) system

January 2016

  1. ILO partners with EDEX to launch "Job Fair 2016"

    22 - 24 January 2016

    International Labour Organization (ILO), partnered with EDEX Expo to launch their fifth "Job Fair" in January 2016 in Colombo with the aim of facilitating decent employment opportunities for youth.

  2. ILO supports the elimination of child labour in Sri Lanka by 2016

    21 - 22 January 2016

    The ILO Colombo continues to provide technical support to the Ministry of Labour and Trade Union Relations to set in place mechanisms at district level towards elimination of child labour by the end of 2016, as pledged in the Hague in 2010

December 2015

  1. ILO – Maga – NAITA hold Construction Craftsman Awarding Ceremony

    29 December 2015

    The award ceremony for 95 youth who successfully completed the new six months Construction Craftsman training scheme, will be held at the Auditorium of the Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training on December 29 2015.

  2. Symposium on Sustainable Development Goals and Decent Work

    11 December 2015

    The Ministry of Labour and labour Relations has taken the lead in the country to promote and implement the Decent work agenda.