News

June 1999

  1. Press release

    Mr. Henri Konan Bédié, President of the Republic of the Côte d'Ivoire, addresses the International Labour Conference

    10 June 1999

    Geneva (ILO News) - In a speech delivered from the rostrum of the International Labour Conference this morning in Geneva, Mr. Henri Konan Bédié, President of the Republic of the Côte d'Ivoire, launched an appeal for a new vision of development shared by human societies with an ethic linking democracy, globalization, solidarity and justice.

  2. Press release

    Madam Ruth Dreifuss, President of the Swiss Confederation, addresses the International Labour Conference

    08 June 1999

    GENEVA (ILO News) - In an address delivered today to the International Labour Conference in Geneva, the President of the Swiss Confederation, Madam Ruth Dreifuss, called upon the International Labour Organization (ILO) to resume its pioneering role and to redefine its place in the international community so as to be better prepared to meet the social challenges of globalization.

  3. Press release

    Indonesia Ratifies Core ILO Conventions ILO pledges support for country's labour-law revision

    07 June 1999

    GENEVA (ILO News) - The Indonesian Minister of Manpower, Mr. Fahmi Idris today submitted the instruments of ratification of International Labour Conventions on the elimination of child labour (No. 138), forced labour (No. 105) and discrimination in employment (No. 111) to the Director-General of the ILO, Mr. Juan Somavia in a ceremony at ILO headquarters in Geneva.

  4. Press release

    International Labour Conference Takes Aim at Abusive Forms of Child Labour

    01 June 1999

    GENEVA (ILO News) - International efforts to improve the lot of millions of child labourers while providing decent work for men and women worldwide took centre stage at the opening of the 87 th International Labour Conference in Geneva today. The Conference, attended by tripartite delegations representing governments, employers and workers from the ILO's 174 member States, is expected to adopt an historic international Convention and Recommendation on eliminating the worst forms of child labour.

May 1999

  1. Press release

    International Labour Conference Set to Adopt a New Convention Outlawing the Worst Forms of Child Labour

    31 May 1999

    GENEVA (ILO News) – Delegates to the 87 th session of the International Labour Conference, which gets underway in Geneva on Tuesday, 1 June 1999, are set to adopt a new International Convention designed to eliminate the worst forms of child labour, including child slavery and the use of children in activities that are physically and emotionally damaging to their well-being.

  2. Press release

    International Labour Office and Inter-Parliamentary Union Sign Cooperative Accord

    27 May 1999

    GENEVA (ILO News) - The International Labour Office (ILO) and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) today signed an agreement to strengthen cooperation between them, and take practical steps aimed at promoting social justice, democratic principles and human rights.

  3. Press release

    International Labour Conference 1-17 June 1999

    26 May 1999

    GENEVA (ILO News) - The 87 th Session of the International Labour Conference opens on Tuesday, 1 st June 1999 at the United Nations Assembly Hall in Geneva and will remain in session until Thursday, 17 June.

  4. Press release

    Forced labour in Myanmar still widespread, says ILO

    25 May 1999

    GENEVA (ILO News) - In spite of the Government's formal statements to the contrary, forced labour remains widespread in Myanmar, says Juan Somavia, Director-General of the International Labour Office (ILO) in a report 1 dispatched to members of the ILO Governing Body on 21 May and made public today.

  5. Press release

    ILO to consider sweeping universal ban on worst forms of child labour

    25 May 1999

    GENEVA (ILO News) - The International Labour Organization (ILO), at its annual Conference here in June, is expected to adopt a new international Convention aimed at an immediate, universal ban on the worst forms of child labour that still afflict millions of children worldwide, and in some cases appear to be worsening.

  6. Press release

    Small-scale mining on the increase in developing countries

    17 May 1999

    GENEVA (ILO News) - Small-scale mining is expanding rapidly and often uncontrollably in many developing countries, employing large numbers of women and children in dangerous conditions and generating a workplace fatality rate up to 90 times higher than mines in industrialized countries, says a new report * by the International Labour Office (ILO).