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October 2007

  1. Article

    Green jobs initiative in Burkina Faso: From waste to wages

    11 October 2007

    Among the goals of the ILO’s new “Green Jobs Initiative” is linking development and job creation to the creation of a cleaner, more sustainable environment. Though the concept is relatively new, the practice is already growing in some parts of the world. ILO Online reports from Burkina Faso where a new project for removing plastic waste is not only improving the environment, but creating “green jobs” in the process.

  2. Video

    Burkina Faso: Protecting the Environment by Profiting from Garbage

    09 October 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.

  3. Kampala Statement

    Employment-Intensive Approach in Construction: A Catalyst for Prosperity for All

    09 October 2007

    Statement by Ministers of Public Works and Labour made during the Ministerial Roundtable at the 13th Regional Seminar for Labour-Based Practitioners and Policy Makers, 30 November - 04 December 2009, Kampala, Uganda

  4. News

    Promoting better occupational safety and health through effective labour inspection to make Decent Work a global reality - Düsseldorf International Conference “Making Decent Work a Global Goal and a National Reality”

    09 October 2007

    From 18-20 September 2007 over 200 participants from 65 countries from all over the world met in Düsseldorf (Germany) to discuss the practical aspects of implementing international standards for decent work. The Conference was organized by the ILO in partnership with the German and Portuguese governments, the International Social Security Association, WHO, IALI and other international organizations, and with sponsorship from German partners Basi, Messe Düsseldorf, DGUV, Fraport AG, TÜV Rheinland, and BAD Team Prevent.

  5. Article

    World Teachers’ Day 2007 - Teacher shortages in education: Achieving quality education for all

    04 October 2007

    It is a paradox: as the importance of education for knowledge- and information-based societies grows, the world is facing a shortage of qualified teachers. Moreover, according to some international estimates, 18 million new teachers will be needed over the next decade to meet the learning needs of all children, youth and adults by 2015 as stated in the MDGs and by the Education for All movement.

  6. News

    Highlights of keynote speakers at the ILO Forum on Decent Work for a Fair Globalization

    01 October 2007

    Political and opinion leaders from around the globe are meeting in Lisbon, Portugal from 31 October to 2 November 2007 to discuss the role of decent work as the key to economic, social and environmental sustainability and a fair and inclusive globalization. Here are highlights of keynote speeches delivered in plenary sessions.

September 2007

  1. Article

    World Social Security Forum - Building a “Social Security Floor” worldwide where growth can meet equity

    28 September 2007

    Only one in five people in the world has adequate social security coverage. Last week, the first ever World Social Security Forum organized by the International Social Security Association (ISSA) and the Russian authorities in Moscow discussed social security’s contribution to build productive economies and more inclusive societies. Interview with Michael Cichon, Director of the ILO’s Social Security Department.

  2. News

    XV Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labour of the Organization of American States

    25 September 2007

  3. Article

    Climate change and the world of work: ILO Director-General outlines ILO role in new “Green Jobs Initiative”

    24 September 2007

    As global leaders gather in New York this week under the leadership of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to breathe new life into international efforts to tackle climate change and other environmental issues, the ILO is presenting a plan aimed at meeting the climate challenge in the world of work. ILO Director-General Juan Somavia explains the role of the ILO in this process and outlines a new plan for a “Green Jobs Initiative” that will promote environmentally sustainable development and make sure workplace issues are part of the debate. ILO Online reports from High-Level Event on Climate Change, New York, 24 September 2007.

  4. Article

    When decent work takes flight: Safe work in airports as an example of making decent work a local reality

    21 September 2007

    Frankfurt Airport is one of the largest in the world. To manage growing international competition and increasing record traffic, it has begun an 8 billion Euro expansion of its take off and landing capacities, which will take place over the next 10 years. The project is expected to create some 25,000 new jobs, but also raises environmental and social issues. One of these is how to guarantee a safe and healthy working place for old and new staff members. ILO Online reports.