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January 2001

  1. Press release

    ILO calls on UN General Assembly Special Session to emphasize child labour

    26 January 2001

    GENEVA (ILO News) - The International Labour Office (ILO) is urging that the global scourge of child labour be a major focus of the upcoming United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Children.

  2. Press release

    ILO's World Employment Report 2001: Despite Improved Employment Outlook, Digital Divide Looms Large

    24 January 2001

    GENEVA (ILO News) - Despite improvements in labour market performance in industrialized countries and the growing potential of information technology to create jobs and spur development, the global employment picture remains "deeply flawed" for workers in many parts of the world, according to a new report by the International Labour Office (ILO).

  3. Press release

    ILO Body To Consider New "Bill of Rights" for Seafarers

    19 January 2001

    GENEVA (ILO News) - The Joint Maritime Commission (JMC) of the International Labour Organization (ILO) opens a five-day meeting here Monday to consider updating the minimum wage for able seafarers, and to fashion a new "bill of rights" for all seafarers on the high seas.

  4. Press release

    The future of decent work in the global economy: High-level group of experts to debate future trends in work, Employment and social protection

    16 January 2001

    GENEVA (ILO News) - The future of work, employment and social protection in the global economy will be the focus of a high-level international conference of international experts organized jointly by the French Ministry of Employment and Solidarity and the International Institute for Labour Studies of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Annecy, France, 18-19 January, at the Hôtel Impérial.

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.