1. Youth employment in Afghanistan

    04 June 2013

    Armed conflicts destroy socioeconomic infrastructure, the means of production, natural and human resources, and vast numbers of jobs. When conflict ends, youth employment is critical to stability since young people have a valuable role in the peacebuilding process. In this show, Herve Berger of the ILO discusses the role of youth employment in Afghanistan, the barriers young Afghans face in gaining decent work, and how they can be supported.

  2. 6 Steps to a job-friendly recovery

    03 June 2013

    Globally, investment as a share of GDP is close to 1 percentage point below the pre-crisis level. Yet emerging economies accounted for 47 per cent of global investment as opposed to advanced economies who represented just over one-third. What does this mean? Investment patterns mirror employment trends. Less investment means less employment and this is what we are seeing in developing and advanced economies. So how do we get back on track to creating jobs? Raymond Torres, Director of the ILO's International Institute for Labour Studies, and lead author of the World of Work Report 2013 presents six steps that countries should follow to enjoy a sustainable job recovery.

  3. ILO Playlist on youth employment (Youtube)

    24 May 2013

  4. The new youth opportunities in Myanmar

    15 May 2013

    Listen to Steve Marshal, the ILO liaison officer in Yangon, and Sandar Soe, from the FTUB trade union federation, talk about the challenges and opportunities young workers are facing as the country undergoes a period of gradual reforms.

  5. Disturbing rise in global unemployment, says ILO

    22 January 2013

    Global unemployment is on the rise again, according to the ILO's Global Employment Trends 2013 report. 4.2 million more people joined the unemployed in 2012, and another 5.1 million more are expected to become unemployed in 2013 . With consumers not spending, firms not investing and banks not lending sufficiently, the weakness in aggregate demand is having a negative effect on the labour market. Austerity programs have also limited opportunities for employment growth, says Moazam Mahmood, Director of the ILO Economic and Labour Market Analysis Department, in an interview with the BBC.


  1. Video: Institutional barriers for people with disabilities still an obstacle, says ILO

    03 December 2012

    Around 85 million people with disabilities live in China and despite progress made over the past 30 years, there are many challenges to ensure their equality and dignity. ILO Beijing Director Ann Herbert appeared on CCTV's 'Dialogue' saying that infrastructure and institutional barriers must be improved in China. She also noted that cultural barriers must be broken down to create an inclusive society.

  2. The World Bank's World Development Report 2013, presented at the ILO

    02 November 2012

    The ILO welcomed the World Bank's World Development Report 2013, entitled "Jobs", a timely publication in the midst of the economic crisis.

  3. To be young and profitable in Peru

    10 August 2012

    There are nearly 450,000 young people without jobs in Peru. They represent more than two thirds of the country's unemployed and of the 5 million young people who do have work, many are in "precarious" conditions, without social benefits or job security. So instead of looking for a job, many young Peruvians prefer to looking toward themselves and starting their own businesses.

  4. Transitioning to Green Jobs in Sri Lanka

    03 August 2012

    “Green jobs” can be created in the most fundamental of workplaces, and the result can benefit traditional industries. That’s what is happening in Sri Lanka, where former “waste pickers” at Sri Lanka’s garbage dumps were given new skills to work more efficiently and protect their health, and that is benefitting one of the island’s iconic industries.

  5. Migrant workers: Hidden victims of the economic crisis

    19 July 2012

    Migrant workers are the hidden victims of the economic crisis, especially in the Eurozone. Thousands have lost jobs in construction and other sectors that were heavily dependent on them in boom times. Now unable to send enough money back home,growing numbers rely on the informal economy to get by, according to Steven Tobin, Senior Economist at the International Institute for Labour Studies.

  6. Employment far from recovery in the Eurozone, warns the ILO

    10 July 2012

    An ILO report warns that millions of jobs could be lost in the Eurozone. Unemployment in the single-currency area could reach almost 22 million over the next four years, according to the "Eurozone jobs crisis: trends and policy responses". ILO TV interviewed Vincenzo Spiezia, Senior Economist at ILO's International Institute for Labour Studies, which authored the report.

  7. A green initiative brightens Bangladesh

    02 July 2012

    70% of all families living in Bangladesh’s countryside are not connected to the national electricity grid; the power lines either haven’t reached their villages or the cost of connection is too high for them. But now, with help from the ILO and Australia, and encouraged by the central government some villagers can get low cost solar power as an alternative energy source. And new skills are required to bring solar power to Bangladesh’s villages, which is creating the demand for “green jobs” to get the job done.

  8. Breaking the barriers

    29 June 2012

    This video documents the inclusion of people with disabilities in skills training programmes supported by the ILO through the TVET Reform Project in Bangladesh.

  9. RIO+20: On the scene with the ILO

    18 June 2012

    An interview with Peter Poschen, Director of the ILO's Job Creation and Enterprise Development Department, and Head of the Green Jobs Programme

  10. G20 Los Cabos: First Impressions from an ILO perspective

    18 June 2012

    ILO's Stephen Pursey sets the scene at the G20 Leaders Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico where ILO Director General Juan Somavia will present a joint report along with the heads of the OECD, IMF and World Bank on "Boosting Jobs and Living Standards in G20 countries".

  11. The International Labour Conference launches a new Call for Action to tackle the Youth Employment Crisis

    14 June 2012

    The unprecedented youth employment crisis, aggravated by the global financial crisis, has created a renewed sense of urgency for action. The newly adopted resolution by the ILO annual Conference 'The youth employment crisis : A call for action' proposes vigorous action around a menu of policy options to respond to the challenges faced by young people today around the world.
    Watch highlights from the ILC session in which the resolution was adopted and interviews with Emalene Marcus-Burnett (Rapporteur of the 2012 International Labour Conference Committee on Youth Employment) and Azita Berar-Awad (Director of the ILO Employment Policy Department).

  12. ILO Head: "New Jobs and Environment Protection, We Can Do Both"

    31 May 2012

    According to a report issued by the ILO along with the Green Jobs Initiative, up to 60 million jobs over the next two decades could be achieved by moving to a greener economy. "There can be substantial net gains in employment, social inclusion and poverty reduction through an integrated approach to economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development", declared ILO Director-General, Juan Somavia, today in Geneva.

  13. German green initiatives lead worldwide sustainability

    31 May 2012

    The German city of Freiburg is leading the way to more jobs and a greener economy through sustainable initiatives to its construction industry. A recent report jointly issued by the ILO and UNEP, says similar practices adopted worldwide could generate millions of jobs , lift tens of millions of workers out of poverty and reduce greenhouse emissions.

  14. Youth Employment Forum: "A Great Setting to Share Great Stories"

    24 May 2012

    Discussions to promote youth employment and entrepreneurship in the face of a global jobs crisis continued at the Youth Employment Forum. Watch more video highlights!

  15. Lost in transition? Averting a jobless generation

    24 May 2012

    They've been called Generation U for unemployed and the jobless generation, but is their future really that grim? Young people debate their problems and prospects with journalists and experts during the ILO Youth Employment Forum.