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November 2006

  1. Article

    Social protection for all: challenges and policies

    03 November 2006

    In 1948, in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations proclaimed that "Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security…". Yet today, only 20 per cent of the world's population enjoys access to adequate social protection, while more than half have no cover whatsoever. As part of the Global Campaign on Social Security and Coverage for All launched by the ILO in 2003, a study group has been examining the extension of social protection in the world ( Note 1) so that what is recognized as a universal right can become a reality for everyone. ILO Online spoke with Emmanuel Reynaud, Senior Adviser on the Informal Economy, in the ILO's Social Protection Sector.

October 2006

  1. Article

    Wanted: Job with decent wage

    27 October 2006

    Youth unemployment is a persistent problem in Latin America, but there is also a need to improve the quality of jobs, according to a new report repared by the International Labour Organization (ILO). Luis Cordova reports from Santiago de Chile for ILO OnLine.

  2. Article

    Youth employment: why Nikola can't afford to wait

    27 October 2006

    The EXIT Festival, a major European music event, started out being against war but now turns on efforts to combat youth unemployment. A new ILO report says that one out of every three youth in the world is either seeking but unable to find work, has given up the job search entirely or is working but still living below the US$2 a day poverty line. ILO Online reports from Novi Sad, Serbia.

  3. Article

    International drivers: from delays to disease, a heavy load to haul

    20 October 2006

    An ever increasing demand for international road transport has brought up new and difficult challenges for the road transport sector, including excessive border delays, inefficient or corrupt border control officers and drivers' vulnerability to sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS. A new ILO report prepared for a forthcoming tripartite meeting at the ILO in Geneva examines socially responsible solutions to these problems.

  4. Video

    The Sweet Taste of Success

    19 October 2006

    Out of the destruction and tragedy of the December 2004 Tsunami, people like Asriana have overcome grief and financial ruin to start life anew. A business training course run by the ILO in Banda Aceh, has helped Asriana develop her business skills and turn a donut-making enterprise into a success.

  5. Article

    International Day for Poverty Eradication 2006 Working Together out of Poverty

    16 October 2006

    This year's theme for the International Day for Poverty Eradication is " Working Together out of Poverty". Nearly half of the world's 2.8 billion workers are unable to earn enough to lift themselves and their family members above the US$2 a day poverty line. Promoting decent work opportunities for all is therefore vital for global efforts to achieve international development goals to cut the numbers of people living in extreme poverty by half by 2015, according to ILO Director-General Juan Somavia.

  6. Video

    Zero tolerance for violence against children in the workplace - Video interview with Frans Roselaers (Part 3)

    12 October 2006

    Frans Roselaers describes the risk of violence that legally working young people face and how children can protect themselves against violence in the workplace. (Part 3 of 3 videos)

  7. Video

    Zero tolerance for violence against children in the workplace - Video interview with Frans Roselaers (Part 2)

    12 October 2006

    Child labourers face the risk of violence in work where they are hidden from view, such as domestic work, or in illegal situations, says Frans Roselaers. (Part 2 of 3 videos.)

  8. Video

    Zero tolerance for violence against children in the workplace - Video interview with Frans Roselaers (Part 1)

    12 October 2006

    Frans Roselaers, Director of the ILO's Department of Partnerships and Development Cooperation, talks about the global challenge to raise awareness about violence against working children. (Part 1 of 3 videos)

  9. Article

    New UN Report on violence against children: the workplace setting Zero tolerance for violence against children in the workplace

    12 October 2006

    A new report by the United Nations on violence against children is to be transmitted to the UN General Assembly this week. One of its sections is devoted to violence as it affects children who work. According to the report, the key departure point has to be a policy of zero tolerance of violence against children who are working - whether legally or in child labour. Frans Roselaers, Director of the ILO's Department of Partnerships and Development Cooperation and member of the editorial board of the report says that although the end of child labour may be in reach, stopping violence against working children is an urgent need.