May 1999

  1. 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).

April 1999

  1. Press release

    ILO Estimates Over 1 Million Work-Related Fatalities Each Year

    12 April 1999

    GENEVA (ILO News) - Over one million work-related deaths occur annually according to ILO estimates and hundreds of millions of workers suffer from workplace accidents and occupational exposure to hazardous substances worldwide, the Chief of the ILO's Health and Safety programme told delegates assembled today in São Paulo at the opening of the 15 th World Congress on Occupational Safety and Health.

March 1999

  1. Press release

    ILO Governing Body Agrees on Follow-up to Declaration on Fundamental Rights Requests action on Myanmar Commission of Inquiry

    25 March 1999

    GENEVA (ILO News) - Concluding its 274 th session, the ILO Governing Body settled a number of outstanding technical questions related to the follow-up of the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, adopted by the International Labour Conference in June 1998. It also asked the Director-General of the ILO to urgently contact the Government of Myanmar regarding a 1998 Commission of Inquiry finding that use of forced labour was pervasive in the country.

  2. Press release

    Juan Somavia sworn in as ILO Director-General

    22 March 1999

    GENEVA (ILO News) - Forecasting "a new stage of creativity and modernization" for the International Labour Organization, Mr. Juan Somavia of Chile was today formally sworn in as the ninth Director-General in a special sitting of the Organization's Governing Body in Geneva.

  3. Press release

    ILO Governing Body to examine response to Asia crisis

    16 March 1999

    GENEVA (ILO News) - The plight of Asian workers and enterprises and the ILO's response to the region's economic woes, which have caused massive business failures and upwards of 24 million lost jobs in East Asia alone, will be examined by the Organization's Governing Body in a special two-day Symposium, which gets underway on Friday, 19 March at ILO headquarters in Geneva.

  4. Press release

    New Director-General pledges stronger push by ILO on gender issues

    08 March 1999

    GENEVA (ILO News) - Juan Somavia, the Director-General of the International Labour Office, today pledged to step up the commitment to gender issues of the ILO, both within its own walls as well as through its global activities. Mr. Somavia made the statement in a speech this morning to ILO staff and members of the Governing Body marking International Women's Day.

  5. Press release

    ILO's millennium priorities to be aired at budget hearings

    04 March 1999

    GENEVA (ILO News) - Plans to sharpen the strategic focus of ILO activities will be at the heart of a programme and budget proposal of US$ 481,050,000 for the 2000-2001 biennium, which will be presented by the incoming Director-General of the ILO, Mr. Juan Somavia, to the Office's Governing Body members, whose 274 th Session gets underway at ILO headquarters in Geneva on Thursday, 4 March.

  6. Press release

    New Director-General begins tenure at ILO

    04 March 1999

    GENEVA (ILO News) - The new Director-General of the International Labour Office (ILO), Mr. Juan Somavia of Chile, takes office today, marking the first time a representative of the Southern hemisphere has headed this organization. Mr. Somavia is the ninth Director-General of the ILO since its founding in 1919 and was elected by the ILO Governing Body on 23 March 1998.

February 1999

  1. Press release

    Chemical Industry Opts for Voluntary Initiatives on Health, Safety and Environment

    22 February 1999

    GENEVA (ILO News) - Although the chemical industry is in the forefront of corporate efforts to adopt industry-wide codes of practice on health, safety and environmental issues, the credibility of such initiatives remains hampered by public scepticism and generally low levels of workforce involvement, according to an ILO study prepared for a tripartite meeting of industry experts from 23 countries 2 which gets under way in Geneva today.

January 1999

  1. Press release

    New ILO Convention on Child Labour Could Boost Efforts to Stop Internet Child Pornography

    18 January 1999

    PARIS (ILO News) - A new draft Convention against the worst forms of child labour under consideration by the International Labour Organization (ILO) could boost international efforts to halt child pornography and other forms of child labour on the Internet, the Director-General of the ILO, Mr. Michel Hansenne, said today.