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  1. Director-General Juan Somavia says ILO Ready to Assist in Egypt and Tunisia

    21 March 2011

    Referring to the situations in Egypt and Tunisia the ILO Director-General, Juan Somavia, said it is “a time when all actors of society are called upon to exercise their responsibilities so that they will be on the right side of history being made in front of your eyes by the peaceful, popular expression of the people’s will”, adding that “we at the ILO must be ready to assist them”. The Director-General spoke to the ILO Governing Body introducing a high-level discussion on Challenges and Change in the Arab World. Panel participants included H.E. Dr. Ahmed El-Borai, Minister of Manpower and Migration of Egypt; Mr. Habib Yousfi, President of the General Confederation of Algerian Enterprises (CGEA); and Mr. Abdessalem Jerad, General Secretary of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT).

  2. ILO expresses solidarity with the victims of the earthquake in China

    16 April 2010

    The Director General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) has expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the victims of the recent earthquake in China.

  3. ILO seminar on ways out of the jobs crisis

    26 March 2010

    While the massive increase in unemployment due to the global economic crisis has left some countries reeling from joblessness and recession, others – including for the first time some less-developed and emerging economies – have experienced a much quicker and smoother recovery process.

  4. Haiti facing more than recovery, but a refoundation of the country

    16 March 2010

    Alfredo Lazarte, Chief of the ILO's Crisis Response and Reconstruction Department discusses the findings of a recent mission by ten ILO experts to Port-au-Prince to assess the country's employment needs after a devastating earthquake in January 2010 laid waste to much of the country's infrastructure and economy.

  5. Decent Work in India - A triumph of enterprise: Sitabai’s story

    09 March 2010

    Last month, the ILO’s tripartite partners in India – the government, employers and workers – formally adopted a Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP for India). The new programme will focus on enhanced opportunities for productive work for women and men, particularly for youth and vulnerable groups. The experience of a worker in Madhya Pradesh province illustrates what the ILO Decent Work Agenda can mean for workers in the vast country.

  6. ILO and FAO launch joint initiative to nurture peace, security and decent work in the Philippines: Government of Japan allocates 2.5 million USD for inter-agency programme

    04 March 2010

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations will launch a new project to help fishers, farmers and workers in a Philippine province affected by conflict and natural disasters, in partnership with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).

  7. Haiti: From Storm Recovery to Sustainable Development

    09 December 2009

    In 2004, Hurricane Jeanne swept through the historical port city of Gonaïves in Haiti, sending walls of water and mud down the surrounding slopes and changing the face of the city forever. A project managed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) has been helping local residents organize themselves to build erosion control networks to protect the city from future mudslides and heavy run-off. ILO TV reports.

  8. Liberia : Women Building a Path to Prosperity

    22 September 2009

    After 14 years of conflict, Liberia is on the road to recovery. The International Labour Organization (ILO) has joined forces with the government and the private sector to help kick start the economy with a road building programme, where nearly half the workers are women.

  9. Link to Madmundo video of High-Level Forum on "Working Out of Poverty: A Decent Work Approach to Development and Growth in Africa"

    01 December 2008

  10. AREA: Fighting Unemployment in Argentina Through Local Economic Development

    11 July 2008

    In December 2001 Argentina was thrown into the worst financial crisis of its history. In response to the massive unemployment that ensued, the International Labour Organization, with funding from Italian Cooperation, is working with the Argentine government to adapt job training to meet the needs of emerging sectors, like Argentina’s tourism industry. (in Spanish)