All ILO Newsroom content

January 2006

  1. Publication

    Free trade agreements and labour rights: Recent developments

    01 January 2006

    Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry and Eric Gravel - International Labour Review, Vol. 145 (2006), No. 3

  2. Publication

    The Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations: Progress achieved in national labour legislation

    01 January 2006

    Isabelle Boivin and Alberto Odero - International Labour Review, Vol. 145 (2006), No. 3

December 2005

  1. Video

    Denmark demonstrates building blocks for flexicurity

    15 December 2005

    Santa’s elves probably don’t think about job security, but a lot of workers who are facing layoffs may want to know why employees at Danish toymaker Lego don’t worry too much if their jobs are outsourced. It has to do with what the International Labour Office and others call “flexicurity”. ILO TV reports.

  2. News

    New impetus for co-ordinated approach to ship recycling through new legally binding instrument Issued jointly by IMO, ILO and the Basel Convention

    15 December 2005

  3. Article

    Social health insurance in developing countries: breaking the poverty - health care link

    13 December 2005

    Every year, some 100 million people worldwide are forced into poverty by health care costs. Last week, more than 200 participants from 40 countries attending the "International Conference on Social Health Insurance in Developing Countries" in Berlin discussed how people can best be protected against financial shocks deriving from illness. It was the first international meeting organized by the ILO, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the German development agency, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), following a 2004 agreement on common activities in the field of social protection. German journalist Anne Sieger reports from Berlin.

  4. News

    UN agencies seek a coordinated approach to ship scrapping

    09 December 2005

  5. Video


    07 December 2005

    While China’s economy booms, many workers leave the countryside to make money in the cities or even abroad. The ILO’s Mekong Project to Combat Trafficking aims to raise awareness of the problem and teach about safe migration.

  6. Article

    International Day of Disabled Persons 2005 - Disabled people in Ethiopia: Making public services work for poor people

    01 December 2005

    Most of Addis Ababa's estimated 3 million population lives in slums and informal settlements. While 24 per cent of housing units have no toilets at all, 45 per cent share pit latrines. Earlier this year, the President of Ethiopia officially opened the first of 30 modern public shower and toilet facilities run by a cooperative of disabled persons in Addis Ababa with the support of the ILO. The innovative proposal by the Ethiopian Federation of Persons with Disabilities (EFPD) to renovate existing toilets and unlock the economic potential of unemployed people with disabilities won a World Bank Development Marketplace Competition prize in 2003.

  7. Publication

    Poland and the ILO: History, again

    01 December 2005

  8. Publication

    Breaking the chains of poverty through microfinance

    01 December 2005

    The ILO has found microfinance to be an invaluable tool within its programmes in helping to reduce poverty and eliminate child labour and debt bondage. The strategy is to offer financial services like savings and credit, insurance and remittance handling to low-income groups so they are empowered, have more options and do not need to rely on the moneylender any longer. The goal is financial security, a key aspect of decent work.