1. H.E. Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, addresses the 96th International Labour Conference

    15 June 2007

    On the closing day of the International Labour Conference, the President of Sri Lanka stressed the need for political objectives in his country to be achieved "through negotiation and dialogue".

  2. Adoption of the new fishing convention

    14 June 2007

    Innovative new labour standards designed to improve the conditions for roughly 30 million men and women working in the fishing sector worldwide were adopted today at the 96th annual conference of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

  3. His Royal Highness Felipe de Borbón, Prince of Asturias, addresses the 96th International Labour Conference

    13 June 2007

    Addressing government, worker and employer delegates at the annual Conference of the International Labour Organization (ILO), His Royal Highness Felipe de Borbón, Prince of Asturias today highlighted the need to “humanize” economic change and ensure that globalization offers “real advantages for all”.

  4. President Abdoulaye Wade of the Republic of Senegal - Excerpts from his address to the ILC

    12 June 2007

    President Abdoulaye Wade of the Republic of Senegal tells delegates to the 96th International Labour Conference that Africa faces a paradox at a time when it is opening its markets to the world, its share in that market is under 2 per cent.

  5. International agencies join forces with ILO to launch global partnership to tackle child labour in agriculture

    12 June 2007

    In a ceremony marking a new global partnership to tackle child labour in agriculture, representatives from the FAO, IFAD, IFPRI, CGIAR, IFAP and the IUF signed an agreement at a side event to the International Labour Conference committing their organizations to a concerted effort to reach the target of ending the worst forms of child labour by 2016.

  6. Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller cites Decent Work Agenda as critical to stemming tidal wave of frustration

    12 June 2007

    Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller warned the delegates of the 96th International Labour Conference in Geneva of a "human tsunami" of rage and rebellion if more was not done to address the issue of poverty in a meaningful way. She said the Decent Work Agenda was essential to balanced economic and social development.

  7. Tackling Child Labour in Agriculture

    12 June 2007

    Worldwide, agriculture is the sector where by far the largest number of working children can be found - an estimated 70 per cent, of whom 132 million are girls and boys aged 5-14. These children are helping to produce the food and beverages we consume. Their labour is used for crops such as cereals, cocoa, coffee, fruit, sugar, palm oil, rice, tea, tobacco and vegetables. They also work in livestock raising and herding, and in the production of other agricultural materials such as cotton and cottonseed.

  8. His Highness, the Crown Prince of Bahrain, Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa calls for regional summit on labour issues, globalization

    11 June 2007

    His Highness, the Crown Prince of Bahrain, Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa stressed the need for "true social dialogue, true debate" about the issues and impacts of globalization in the Middle East and worldwide, in his address to the 96th International Labour Conference in Geneva.

  9. Environment, Trade & Employment issues are part of the challenge for Decent Work - ILO Director-General addresses the International Labour Conference, 11 June 2007

    11 June 2007

    ILO Director-General Juan Somavia told delegates at the 96th session of the International Labour Conference in Geneva that Decent Work has been accepted as a global goal, most recently at the G8 Summit in Germany, but that major challenges still remain.

  10. Informal economy work sees more working hours for men, less for women

    08 June 2007

    A new report from the ILO says that one in five workers worldwide work excessively long hours, up to 48 a week, often to merely make ends meet. The study also says women work shorter hours than men, most likely because they bear the brunt of responsibility for the unpaid work of taking care of the family and household.

  11. International Labour Conference - Speeches by Presidents of Chile and Ghana call Decent Work "a vital obligation" and ILO "an invaluable partner" in separate addresses(Original Version)

    04 June 2007

    Decent Work is "a vital obligation in every country and an ethical imperative for every nation", according to H.E. Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile as she addressed a special sitting of the 96th International Labour Conference. At a separate special sitting of the ILC, the delegates were told by H.E. John Agyekum Kufuor, President of Ghana that the ILO was an invaluable partner in reaching the country's development goals for 2015.

  12. Albanian Deputy Minister Mr. Kastriot Sulka elected as President of the 96th Session of the International Labour Conference

    01 June 2007

    The 96th Session of the International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland elected as President, Mr. Kastriot Sulka, Deputy Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities of Albania, along with delegates from Brazil, France and Switzerland as Vice Presidents. Mr. Sulka gave his first address as President of the ILC during a plenary session on Friday, June 1st 2007.

  13. ILO expert Philippe Egger reports on workers’ situation in Occupied Arab Territories - May 31, 2007

    31 May 2007

    Arab occupied territories have seen a rapid and drastic drop in average income levels unprecedented in economic history, according to a new report from the ILO on the occupied Arab territories. ILO expert Philippe Egger was part of the mission sent to the region to assess the impact on workers there.

  14. Afghanistan: Women Entrepreneurs

    26 March 2007

    Decades of conflict have crippled Afghanistan’s economy. But some Afghan women are taking their handicraft skills to the market and playing an active role in the country’s reconstruction and development as ILO TV reports:

  15. Burkina Faso: A New Life for Trafficked Children

    15 March 2007

    In Burkina Faso, the focus is on bus stations and bus drivers to help prevent children from being trafficked. Rescued children are given apprenticeships to ensure they won't be trafficked again.

  16. Sowing The Seeds Of Women’s Rights

    09 February 2007

    The cut flower industry in Tanzania and across East Africa is booming. Trade unionist Phillipina Mosha is training workers in the cut flower business to understand their labour rights, promote gender equality and improve safety and health in the workplace.

  17. Rebuilding Baphuon Temple in Angkor, Cambodia

    05 February 2007

    Tourists will soon be able to visit one of Angkor’s greatest treasures: the 11th century Baphuon temple. Now the temple is the centre of a huge archaeological reconstruction effort. Safety training means today’s Khmer construction workers are reclaiming this piece of their heritage without the dangers their ancestors faced.

  18. Global Employment Trends 2007 Press Conference

    24 January 2007

  19. Marinalva: Mobile Squad Labour Inspector

    12 January 2007

    Marinalva is a labour inspector, part of the Brazilian government team called the “mobile squad”. They inspect farms in remote parts of the country, rescuing workers from forced labour as ILO TV explains.

  20. Burkina Faso: Protecting the Environment by Profiting from Garbage

    12 January 2007

    Burkina Faso’s first plastic recycling centre is paving the way for a new kind of development project. It provides a money earner to the poor while tackling environmental pollution. Local industry also benefits – the recycled plastic granules cost half the price of importing new plastic from abroad.