09 August 2012
International Youth Day – marked on August 12 – sets the spotlight on the pressing challenges faced by young people. ILO News looks at practices that can help turn around the dramatic youth employment situation.
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.
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.
29 June 2012
As Mexicans go to the polls on Sunday to choose a new president and legislature, the ILO presents a snapshot of the employment situation based on the May edition of "The Labour Situation in Latin America"*.
22 June 2012
Solar home systems can be an alternative source of energy in developing countries like Bangladesh, where half of the population, or about 85 million people, lack access to grid-based electricity. Solar panels bring clean energy and green jobs to rural areas, an issue that is high on the Rio+20 agenda. Allan Dow reports.
21 June 2012
The transition towards a greener economy is expected to affect about half of the global labour force or roughly 1.5 billion people. This means changes in terms of job types and workers’ skills – a topic that is high on the Rio+20 agenda.
19 June 2012
In the run up to the high level discussions of Rio+20 on 20-22 June, UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) and the ILO (International Labour Organizations) organized a joint Rio +20 side event.
19 June 2012
By their very nature, cooperatives can balance economic, environmental, and social needs. The ILO will be showcasing some of its successful experiences in this field at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). One of them involves more than 200,000 coffee producers and almost 200 cooperatives in Ethiopia.
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
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).