News

September 2001

  1. Press release

    Forest Industry a "Test Case" in Globalization Debate

    14 September 2001

    GENEVA (ILO News) - Employment in the world's forestry and wood industries - including logging, pulp and furniture and paper products - is expected to decline significantly over the coming years, with the potential loss of millions of jobs worldwide, according to a new report by the International Labour Office (ILO).

August 2001

  1. Press release

    Ukraine ten years after independence: Worker insecurities, poverty intensifies

    23 August 2001

    GENEVA (ILO News) - Ten years after their country gained independence, millions of workers in the former Soviet republic of the Ukraine continue to be unpaid, either because they are put on so-called "administrative leave" for many months or are uncompensated despite turning up for work, according to a new survey by the International Labour Office (ILO) covering more than 1,800 factories.

  2. Press release

    ILO High Level Team to Visit Myanmar

    21 August 2001

    GENEVA (ILO News) -The composition of a High Level Team due to visit Myanmar for a three-week period next month to assess Government actions on forced labour was announced today by the International Labour Office (ILO) Director-General Juan Somavia.

June 2001

  1. Press release

    Mr. Alain Ludovic Tou, Burkina Faso, elected Chairman of ILO Governing Body for 2001-2002

    22 June 2001

    GENEVA (ILO News) - The Governing Body elected Mr. Alain Ludovic Tou, Minister of Employment, Labour and Social Security, Burkina Faso, as Chairman of its 2001-2002 Session. He replaces Mr. Celso L. Nunes Amorim, Ambassador, representative of the Government of Brazil, who served as Chairman during the 2000-2001 Session.

  2. Press release

    ILO to launch new Code of Practice on HIV/AIDS and the World of Work

    22 June 2001

    GENEVA (ILO News) - Citing new data showing some 23 million workers worldwide now infected with HIV/AIDS, the Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Juan Somavia plans to formally launch a pioneering Code of Practice on HIV/AIDS and the World of Work at the U.N General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS in New York on 25-27 June.

  3. Press release

    89 th International Labour Conference To Press Forward on Decent Work Agenda

    21 June 2001

    GENEVA (ILO News) - In an effort to forge a new path from "vision to policy" in the world of work, the International Labour Conference concluded its 89 th session here today following a spirited debate by workers, employers and governments on reducing the decent work deficit in a global economy.

  4. Press release

    Seven ratifications for the Democratic Republic of the Congo

    21 June 2001

    GENEVA (ILO News) - Her Excellency Mrs. Marie-Ange Lukiana Mufwankolo, Minister of Labour and Social Welfare of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, yesterday deposited the instruments of ratification of seven international labour Conventions. A combined ratification of such magnitude is relatively rare in the history of the ILO. The Democratic Republic of the Congo has now joined the small club of approximately 50 countries which have ratified the ILO's eight core Conventions.

  5. Press release

    ILO reports on child trafficking in West and Central Africa

    15 June 2001

    GENEVA (ILO News) - Trafficking of children in West and Central Africa is on the rise and demands a concerted effort from all sectors of society in affected countries to combat it, according to a report released today by the ILO's International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC).

  6. Press release

    ILO launches new "time-bound" programmes against worst forms of child labour

    12 June 2001

    GENEVA (ILO News) - The International Labour Organization (ILO) is to launch a bold new initiative on Tuesday, 12 June aimed at greatly accelerating the removal of millions of children from the most abusive forms of child labour.

  7. Press release

    ILO Director-General targets decent work deficit

    11 June 2001

    GENEVA (ILO News) - "We need to make decent work a reality in our countries and embed this goal in the global economy," said the International Labour Office (ILO) Director-General Mr. Juan Somavia in a plenary address to the 89 thInternational Labour Conference, which is meeting in Geneva.