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December 2000

  1. Press release

    ILO Joins Celebration of United Nations' International Migrants Day

    18 December 2000

    GENEVA (ILO News) - On the occasion of the first UN International Migrants Day, Mr. Juan Somavia, Director-General of the International Labour Office (ILO) underscored the large and growing contribution to the global economy made by the world's more than 100 million migrants, immigrants and their families: "Migrant workers provide valuable services with their labour and furnish an often invisible subsidy to the national economies that receive them. They work in factories, produce food, provide domestic service, staff hospitals and contribute to a wide range of basic needs, often for low wages and with little recognition of the value of their contribution."

  2. Press release

    ILO urges training to offset European "skills gap" in Informationand Communications Technology as Sixth European Regional Meeting Convenes in Geneva

    11 December 2000

    GENEVA (ILO News) - The "skills gap" in Europe's information and communications technology (ICT) workforce risks becoming "a critical bottleneck to the expansion of ICT industries" according to a report prepared for the ILO's Sixth European Regional Meeting , which meets in Geneva from 12 to 15 December.

  3. Press release

    Ilo Sees Further Sharp Drop in African Labour Force Due to HIV/AIDS

    01 December 2000

    GENEVA (ILO News) - In the face of new projections which show a sharp decline in the size of Africa's workforce due to AIDS, the International Labour Organization (ILO) today announced plans for a new programme against HIV/AIDS in the workplace aimed at helping governments, workers and employers in their struggle with the disease.

November 2000

  1. Press release

    The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Joins the ILO

    28 November 2000

    GENEVA (ILO News) - Following the adoption of the resolution 55/12 by the United Nations General Assembly under which the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was admitted in the membership of the United Nations, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia has joined, on 24 November 2000, the International Labour Organization following the Government's acceptance of the obligations of membership as laid down in the Organization's Constitution.

  2. Press release

    ILO Urges Support for Workers in Palestinian territories

    24 November 2000

    GENEVA (ILO News) - The ILO Director-General, Mr. Juan Somavia, warned today of an "evolving humanitarian crisis in the Palestinian territories resulting from the closure of frontiers, the explosive growth of unemployment and the inability of many workers to meet their families' basic needs".

  3. Press release

    ILO GOVERNING BODY CONCLUDES 279th SESSION Committee on Freedom of Association cites Guatemala, Ethiopia

    21 November 2000

    GENEVA (ILO News) - The Governing Body of the International Labour Office (ILO), which concluded its 279th session on Friday opened the way for the full implementation of a resolution of the International Labour Conference, adopted in June of this year, aimed at compelling the Government of Myanmar (Burma) to comply with Convention No. 29 on forced labour. Myanmar (Burma) ratified Convention No. 29 in 1955.

  4. Press release

    ILO Governing Body opens the way for unprecedented action against forced labour in Myanmar

    17 November 2000

    GENEVA (ILO News) - Measures to compel the Government of Myanmar (Burma) to meet its obligations to eliminate forced labour in the country will go forward, following deliberations by the International Labour Organization's (ILO) Governing Body at its 279 th session which concluded here today.

  5. Press release

    ILO worst forms of child labour Convention comes into force

    17 November 2000

    GENEVA (ILO News) - The global campaign against the worst forms of child labour receives a powerful new boost on Sunday, 19 November, the date when the International Labour Organization's (ILO) Convention No. 182 comes into force as international law.

  6. Press release

    ILO Director-General highlights need for "Decent Work", insists on employment as the best means of social inclusion and urges comprehensive employment policies to underpin globalization

    10 November 2000

    TURIN, Italy (ILO News) - "The key to solving problems of social exclusion and poverty is employment," Mr. Juan Somavia, the ILO Director-General told the Group of 8 Labour Ministers Conference in Turin today, adding that "employment is the source of social inclusion in all sorts of ways, providing not just income, but security, self realization and self esteem for workers who are organized and represented".

  7. Press release

    Youssou Ndour named Honorary Ambassador of the Campaign against Child Labour

    08 November 2000

    GENEVA (ILO News) - Youssou Ndour - the internationally acclaimed musician, singer and songwriter - was today named Honorary Ambassador of the ILO Global Campaign Against Child Labour. Mr. Ndour, of Senegal, received the award in appreciation of his commitment towards raising public awareness in the worldwide struggle against child labour.