1. Slideshow: Kenyan Dairy COOPs Grow Their Businesses Thanks to ILO Support

    31 October 2011

    Starting in 2007, the International Labour Organization began providing grants to co-operatives in eight African nations through its COOPAfrica Challenge Fund facility. Kenya has been one of the largest recipients, benefitting from USD 1.3 million for a total of 28 projects from 2008 to 2010.

  2. Children in hazardous work: what we know, what we need to do

    10 June 2011

    The international community and ILO Member States have set the goal of eliminating the worst forms of child labour by 20161. Since the overwhelming majority of the worst forms of child labour involve hazardous work, tackling hazardous child labour can bring us closer to achieving our goal. The 2011 World Day Against Child Labour will provide a global spotlight on hazardous child labour, and call for urgent action to tackle the problem.

  3. Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge

    22 March 2011

    World Water Day is held annually on 22 March to highlight the importance of freshwater and importance of sustainable management of freshwater resources. This year, UN-Water chose the theme Water and Urbanization under the slogan Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge. The objective of WWD 2011 is to focus international attention on the impact of rapid urban population growth, industrialization and uncertainties caused by climate change, conflicts and natural disasters on urban water systems.


  1. Eight Millennium Development Goals to achieve by 2015

    17 September 2010

    In September 2000, world leaders endorsed the Millennium Declaration, a commitment to work together to build a safer, more prosperous and equitable world. The Declaration was translated into a roadmap setting out eight time-bound and measurable goals to be reached by 2015, known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): They include goals and targets on income poverty, hunger, maternal and child mortality, disease, inadequate shelter, gender inequality, environmental degradation and the Global Partnership for Development.

  2. As efforts to end child labour slow down, ILO calls for "re-energized" global action

    07 May 2010

    The global campaign to end child labour is at a critical juncture. As the new Global Report under the follow-up to the ILO Declaration on fundamental Principles and Rights at Work shows, child labour continues to decline worldwide but at a much slower pace than before. The report, entitled "Accelerating action against Child Labour", says there are clear signs of progress but also disconcerting gaps in the global response.

  3. More gender equality over past few years... but still a way to go (slideshow)

    09 March 2010

    Despite signs of progress in gender equality over the past 15 years, there is still a significant gap between women and men in terms of job opportunities and quality of employment. The resolution on Gender Equality at the Heart of Decent Work, adopted by the 2009 International Labour Conference, will guide ILO constituents efforts towards a labour market in which all women and men can participate freely and actively.


  1. Tribute to Francis Blanchard, seventh Director-General of the ILO, from 1974 to 1989

    10 December 2009

    Francis Blanchard of France, who served as Director-General of the International Labour Organization during the turbulent and transitional years 1974 to 1989, died on Wednesday, 9 December 2009 at the age of 93.

  2. Marlee Matlin: Oscar-winning actress and advocate for people with disabilities

    03 December 2009

    The ILO held a panel discussion on the impact of the economic crisis on people with disabilities, with Academy Award winning actress Marlee Matlin delivering a keynote address. Ms. Matlin urged that people with disabilities be "counted in" efforts to stimulate and support economic recovery.

  3. ILO Exhibit opens at U.N. in New York

    06 November 2009

    An exhibition celebrating the world of work and marking the 90th anniversary of the ILO has opened at the United Nations in New York. It shows how people around the world are aspiring to a better life for themselves and their families through the Decent Work.

  4. Promoting Decent Work for People with Disabilities: A Path to Decent Work and Inclusive Societies

    14 July 2009

    Since 2002, in more than seven countries in East and Southern Africa, Asia and the Pacific the ILO has partnered with Irish Aid to provide a path to decent work and more inclusive societies for people with disabilities. The ILO-Irish Aid Partnership Programme supports the development and reform of disability-related laws and policies and their effective implementation, and the inclusion of women and men with disabilities in mainstream programmes and services on vocational training, employment, entrepreneurship development and micro-finance. The following pictures illustrate how removing the barriers to services and opportunities help disabled people obtain decent work and a better life.