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June 2007

  1. Video

    H.E. Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, addresses the 96th International Labour Conference

    15 June 2007

    On the closing day of the International Labour Conference, the President of Sri Lanka stressed the need for political objectives in his country to be achieved "through negotiation and dialogue".

  2. Video

    Adoption of the new fishing convention

    14 June 2007

    Innovative new labour standards designed to improve the conditions for roughly 30 million men and women working in the fishing sector worldwide were adopted today at the 96th annual conference of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

  3. Video

    His Royal Highness Felipe de Borbón, Prince of Asturias, addresses the 96th International Labour Conference

    13 June 2007

    Addressing government, worker and employer delegates at the annual Conference of the International Labour Organization (ILO), His Royal Highness Felipe de Borbón, Prince of Asturias today highlighted the need to “humanize” economic change and ensure that globalization offers “real advantages for all”.

  4. Video

    President Abdoulaye Wade of the Republic of Senegal - Excerpts from his address to the ILC

    12 June 2007

    President Abdoulaye Wade of the Republic of Senegal tells delegates to the 96th International Labour Conference that Africa faces a paradox at a time when it is opening its markets to the world, its share in that market is under 2 per cent.

  5. Video

    International agencies join forces with ILO to launch global partnership to tackle child labour in agriculture

    12 June 2007

    In a ceremony marking a new global partnership to tackle child labour in agriculture, representatives from the FAO, IFAD, IFPRI, CGIAR, IFAP and the IUF signed an agreement at a side event to the International Labour Conference committing their organizations to a concerted effort to reach the target of ending the worst forms of child labour by 2016.

  6. Video

    Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller cites Decent Work Agenda as critical to stemming tidal wave of frustration

    12 June 2007

    Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller warned the delegates of the 96th International Labour Conference in Geneva of a "human tsunami" of rage and rebellion if more was not done to address the issue of poverty in a meaningful way. She said the Decent Work Agenda was essential to balanced economic and social development.

  7. Video

    Tackling Child Labour in Agriculture

    12 June 2007

    Worldwide, agriculture is the sector where by far the largest number of working children can be found - an estimated 70 per cent, of whom 132 million are girls and boys aged 5-14. These children are helping to produce the food and beverages we consume. Their labour is used for crops such as cereals, cocoa, coffee, fruit, sugar, palm oil, rice, tea, tobacco and vegetables. They also work in livestock raising and herding, and in the production of other agricultural materials such as cotton and cottonseed.

  8. Video

    His Highness, the Crown Prince of Bahrain, Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa calls for regional summit on labour issues, globalization

    11 June 2007

    His Highness, the Crown Prince of Bahrain, Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa stressed the need for "true social dialogue, true debate" about the issues and impacts of globalization in the Middle East and worldwide, in his address to the 96th International Labour Conference in Geneva.

  9. Video

    Environment, Trade & Employment issues are part of the challenge for Decent Work - ILO Director-General addresses the International Labour Conference, 11 June 2007

    11 June 2007

    ILO Director-General Juan Somavia told delegates at the 96th session of the International Labour Conference in Geneva that Decent Work has been accepted as a global goal, most recently at the G8 Summit in Germany, but that major challenges still remain.

  10. Article

    Feature story from the Philippines: Making future harvests without child labour

    11 June 2007

    Seventy per cent of the world’s working children are in agriculture. From tending cattle to harvesting crops, handling dangerous machinery and spraying pesticides, over 132 million children aged 5 to 14 help produce the food we eat and the clothes we wear. Minette Rimando who works for the ILO’s Subregional Office in Manila reports from the Philippines.