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August 2007

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    Asian Employment Forum: Promoting productivity to benefit all

    09 August 2007

    Increasing labour productivity is crucial for a country’s economic growth and overall competitiveness. It is also a vital tool for creating quality jobs and reducing poverty, since productivity gains can lead to higher wages, better working conditions and investment in human resources. These are the messages of a new ILO report prepared for the Asian Employment Forum in Beijing (13 to 15 August). ILO Online spoke with Ms. Sachiko Yamamoto, ILO Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, about the link between productivity growth, employment creation and decent working conditions.

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    Asian Employment Forum: Youth employment: “We are not the problem, we are the solution”

    09 August 2007

    According to the latest figures Asia’s 378 million-strong youth labour force accounts for more than one in five of the region’s total labour force and 58 per cent of the global youth labour force. Although the proportion of young people in the workforce is projected to decline by 2015, a new report prepared for the ILO’s Asian Employment Forum (to be held in Beijing on 13-15 August) says that for many countries in South East Asia and the Pacific, the youth employment challenge remains huge. ILO Online reports.

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    Talking weather: Trade unions and climate change

    07 August 2007

    It's been a way of breaking the ice – but now it's time for real discussions and bargaining to find solutions to save not only the tops of the icebergs, but the whole planet. In order not to be a drop in the ocean the ILO needs to strengthen its capacity to address the issue of climate change and assist its constituents with the transition processes in relation to changes in jobs and qualifications. Lene Olsen of the ILO Bureau for Workers' Activities reports.

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    The globe goes green

    01 August 2007

    While ILO Director-General Juan Somavia in his speech to the International Labour Conference in June called for sustainable development and green jobs, the outside world had a few news stories as well. Planet Work looks at some of climate change’s news, stories and events making headlines around the world today and also at how businesses are adapting to this issue.

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    Spotlight on working time

    01 August 2007

    Nearly a century after adopting its first international standard on working time, a new ILO study estimates that one in five workers around the world – or over 600 million persons – are still working more than 48 hours a week, often merely to make ends meet.

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    A voice for dialogue and decent work

    01 August 2007

    In June, the ILO awarded its first annual Decent Work Research Prize to Nobel Peace laureate and former South African President Nelson Mandela and the eminent academic and specialist in social security, Professor Carmelo Mesa-Lago...

July 2007

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    UN ECOSOC reiterates strong support for ILO Decent work Agenda

    12 July 2007

    In a Ministerial declaration of the 2007 high-level segment of ECOSOC adopted on 10 July, the UN body reiterated its strong support for fair globalization and the need to translate growth into reduction of poverty.

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    New UN initiative to fight human trafficking and poverty in Tajikistan

    09 July 2007

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    The CEB Toolkit for Mainstreaming Employment and Decent Work presented at the ECOSOC

    06 July 2007

    One year ago, the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) approved a Ministerial Declaration encouraging the UN system to develop a toolkit to promote decent work. Since then the ILO has worked closely with other agencies through the Chief Executives Board (CEB) chaired by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The final product, a CEB Toolkit for Mainstreaming Employment and Decent Work, is designed to help organizations throughout the multilateral system assess and improve employment and decent work outcomes of their own policies, programmes and activities.

June 2007

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    Promoting sustainable enterprises: safe work is also good business

    21 June 2007

    “Sustainable enterprises cannot afford to have injuries and diseases at work, which would not only interrupt operations but may have strong economic and reputational consequences”. Eleven enterprises from the Leningrad region in Russia’s North-West had a chance to check this statement from an ILO report to the International Labour Conference against daily practice. Olga Bogdanova reports from North-West Russia.