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July 2006

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    From stitching to playing: Sialkot ten years after

    07 July 2006

    As the final match of the FIFA World Cup 2006 captures worldwide attention, the final match against child labour is still to be played - even though the ILO's recent global report on child labour sees its end "within reach". Last month, the ILO's International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) and FIFA kicked off an innovative football module in Sialkot, Pakistan, as part of rehabilitation efforts for former child labourers and children still to be removed from work.

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    Tackling the "decent work deficit"

    06 July 2006

    Government leaders, heads of international agencies and senior experts in economic and employment issues meet here on 3-5 July to highlight proposals for cutting poverty and providing new hope to the world's working poor. The meeting of the UN's Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will focus on promoting decent work as the sustainable route out of poverty.

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    Decent Work FAQ: Making decent work a global goal

    06 July 2006

    The ILO's Decent Work Agenda calls for a development strategy that acknowledges the central role of work in people's live. The theme of this year's High-Level Segment of the United Nations' Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) reflects an international consensus that productive employment and decent work are key elements to reducing poverty. Here are some FAQs on decent work by ILO Online.

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    Decent work: How country programmes help forge a path out of poverty

    06 July 2006

    New pilot programmes are the leading edge of the ILO's efforts to implement its decent work agenda at the country level. Decent Work Pilot Programmes are founded on the ILO's four strategic objectives--employment promotion, rights at work, social protection and social dialogue - integrating economic and social objectives. In Ghana, a pilot Decent Work Country Programme has shown how people can put decent work into practice, and fight poverty in the bargain.

June 2006

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    International Day of Cooperatives (1 July 2006) Standing on their own: Cooperative reform in Tanzania

    29 June 2006

    Tanzania's cooperative reform programme reflects a wider process of reform internationally as cooperatives recreate themselves through member empowerment and increased commercial viability. The ILO's Promotion of Cooperatives Recommendation No. 193, agreed in 2002, provides the global framework for this reform. British journalist Andrew Bibby reports from Tanzania where cooperatives, which date back to the early 1930s, are adopting a new approach to sustainability.

  2. News

    Europe takes steps to combat trafficking for forced labour

    27 June 2006

    Global alliance required to halt the trafficking of 2.4 million people worldwide.

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    Combining labour market flexibility and security in the West Balkans

    16 June 2006

    With Montenegro's recent decision to separate from Serbia, the break-up of the former Yugoslavia has probably come to an end. After years of steep economic decline, political turmoil and armed conflict in the West Balkan countries, growth rates picked up in the second half of the 1990s although this economic dynamism did not translate into lower unemployment levels.

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    ILO to receive support in cash and kind for promotion of safety and health in the workplace
    Düsseldorf Trade Fair and Federal Association for Occupational Safety and Health will fund international conferences on safety and health at work

    15 June 2006

    Some 2.2 million people die each year through work-related accidents and diseases, according to ILO statistics. This figure alone illustrates the importance of improved safety and health conditions in the workplace.

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    Final whistle to human trafficking and sexual exploitation

    15 June 2006

    As the football World Cup 2006 gets underway, a German NGO has launched a campaign against human trafficking for labour and sexual exploitation. According to German police sources, fears that the number of women trafficked for sex work during the games might go into the tens of thousands have failed to materialize.

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    Unsafe workplaces: Labour inspectors face daunting challenges

    14 June 2006

    Many of the 6,000 deaths that occur daily due to work-related accidents or diseases could be prevented by effective labour inspection. Yet this vital aspect of workplace safety and health is facing a number of challenges, including a lack of training, inappropriate resources and even violence.