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June 2005

  1. Video


    29 June 2005

    More than 90 per cent of all jobs created in Africa are in the informal sector, many of them in small open-air workshops. In Kenya, this kind of business is known as jua kali, or “fierce sun” and now well-established employers are working together with the ILO to link up with the informal sector to raise quality and working conditions.

  2. Article

    "Employment fuels development"

    28 June 2005

    The newly elected Chairman of the Governing Body of the International Labour Office (ILO), Carlos A. Tomada says employment should be seen as an important element of democratic stability and the fight against poverty. The link between employment, democracy and poverty will be on top of the agenda of the next Summit of the Americas scheduled in November in the Argentine city of Mar del Plata.

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    Children Exploited in Mongolian Gold Rush

    27 June 2005

    Many of those working in makeshift Mongolian gold mines are children whose families seek a way out of poverty. The ILO is trying to remove these children from one of the most hazardous jobs in the world.

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    24 June 2005

    As well as countless lives, hundreds of thousands of jobs were lost in the Asian tsunami. Through an employment network and business start-up courses, the International Labour Organization is helping survivors get back to work.

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    23 June 2005

    In Peru, up to 50 000 children work as gold miners in small-scale mines, braving dangerous conditions and constantly at risk from accidents. In Santa Filomena, the International Labour Organization is working together with a local group to put an end to child labour.

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    93rd International Labour Conference Closing the "hope gap": youth speak about finding jobs

    23 June 2005

    A recent high-level discussion held by the Youth Employment Network (YEN) brought international policy-makers face-to-face with young people to discuss the role of youth employment in the international development agenda. That agenda has been the subject of discussions here on finding solutions to the global youth employment crisis that will require the creations of tens of millions of new jobs for youth over the next decade just to maintain the current youth jobs status quo. The youth agreed they needed decent jobs. But how to translate this into projects and programmes that will close the youth hope gap? This feature examines the responses of young men and women.

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    22 June 2005

    Human trafficking is big business, with profits of trafficking worldwide estimated at $32 billion by the International Labour Organization. Men and women are smuggled across borders and often fo rced to work against their will but as ILO TV reports from Ukraine, trafficking is rooted in unemployment and poverty.

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    93rd International Labour Conference Armenia: part of decent work is being safe at work

    22 June 2005

    Safety at work in Armenia has been deteriorating since the Soviet Union's collapse. The situation is typical for many transition countries but Armenia has taken the first steps now to promote safer and healthier working environments. Occupational safety and health was also on the agenda of the International Labour Conference which considered a new promotional framework in this area. Delegates decided to establish such a framework through a Convention supplemented by a Recommendation. The development of national occupational safety and health programmes and the continual improvement of national occupational safety and health systems would be at the heart of the new Convention to be adopted by a future Conference.

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    93rd International Labour Conference Azerbaijan: Leading the way to decent work for youth

    21 June 2005

    Delegates to the International Labour Conference discussed youth unemployment which has reached record levels in recent years. In Azerbaijan, young people account for 69 per cent of the country's unemployment. Olga Bogdanova from the ILO Office, Moscow, reports from Baku.

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    93rd International Labour Conference ILO Knowledge Fair: Uniting workers and employers to address the challenges of the informal economy

    17 June 2005

    As recent campaigns to end poverty have shown, a common cause links people worldwide: at the International Labour Organization's annual conference, a Knowledge Fair on the informal economy sponsored by the ILO secretariat with financial support from UK Department for International Development (DFID), has seen some interesting encounters. Shortly after the fair opened, a Mexican trade union leader established a warm rapport over shared concerns with a trade union leader from Cameroon despite their inability to speak each other's language fluently. What bridged the linguistic divide? Their struggle to achieve the same goal - social protection and rights for workers outside the formal economy. The Fair highlights examples of how action on decent work and the informal economy is critical to fighting poverty. In a panel on 13 June, employer and worker leaders stressed the need to look at the causes of informality. They voiced their commitment to promoting job creation and social protection, while ensuring that fundamental rights at work are respected wherever people work.