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February 2005

  1. Article

    Seventh European Regional Meeting in Budapest Balancing social and economic development

    08 February 2005

    The European and Central Asian region is a key player in economic globalization. The region is also a world leader in economic, monetary and political integration, not only in the EU, but also in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The main task for governments is to reverse the high unemployment rates which continue to plague Europe, both Eastern and Western, and Central Asia. This calls for strong governance to sustain balanced economic and social development, says a report prepared for the forthcoming European Regional Meeting of the ILO in Budapest on 14 to 18 February. ILO online spoke with ILO expert Philippe Egger.

  2. Press release

    7th ILO European Regional Meeting, Budapest, 14-18 February 2005 Delegates to examine how to manage transitions to decent work through mutually reinforcing economic and social development

    08 February 2005

    Worker, employer and government representatives from 50 European and Central Asian members of the International Labour Organization (ILO), including some 30 ministers, gather in Budapest, Hungary on 14-18 February to address the challenges of economic transformation and globalization across the region.

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    7th European Regional Meeting Decent work for young people

    04 February 2005

    Youth unemployment in Europe and Central Asia has remained at a very high level over the past decade. Young people almost everywhere in the region are more than twice as likely as adults to be unemployed. Youth employment is one of the main issues to be discussed at the 7th European Regional Meeting of the ILO in Budapest, 14-18 February. ILO online spoke with Jane Stewart, Deputy Director of the Employment Sector and Coordinator of the Youth Employment Team of the ILO.

  4. Press release

    ILO urges respect for trade union rights in Nepal

    04 February 2005

    The Director-General of the International Labour Office (ILO), Juan Somavia, today urged King Gyanendra of Nepal to "take all necessary steps to ensure the personal safety of the trade union leaders and members of the unions concerned".

  5. Press release

    Sports footwear sector outpaces the retail and apparel sectors in meeting code of conduct obligations, says new ILO study

    04 February 2005

    The sports footwear industry, often criticized for alleged violations of fundamental labour standards, has made greater progress in implementing worker-friendly codes of conduct than the apparel and retail sectors, according to a just published ILO study.

January 2005

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    Global Campaign for Social Security hits its stride

    24 January 2005

    The recent launch of a national campaign to provide Kenya's population with social security was the latest in a series of events designed to expand the ILO's Global Campaign on Social Security and Coverage for All. With half its population living below the poverty line and less than 15 per cent of the total labour force covered by social security systems, Kenya has adopted the campaign as a framework for extending national pension and health coverage to more of its citizens. This year, the ILO intends to expand the programme to include more countries. Guebray Berhane of ILO Addis Ababa reports.

  2. Article

    Ida's Story: the plight of domestic migrant workers

    24 January 2005

  3. Press release

    ILO Tsunami Response ILO calls for integrated employment strategy for tsunami reconstruction Says estimated 1 million people lost livelihood

    19 January 2005

    The International Labour Office (ILO) today urged that "employment-intensive" job creation strategies be integrated into the humanitarian and reconstruction response to the earthquake and Tsunami disaster in Asia that destroyed the livelihoods of an estimated 1 million persons in Indonesia and Sri Lanka alone.

  4. Press release

    ILO tripartite meeting to discuss automotive industry trends

    07 January 2005

    Auto parts suppliers are playing an increasingly important role in the automotive industry, according to a new report by the International Labour Office (ILO). Their current share of up to two-thirds of the value added of a car is expected to reach 75 per cent among some manufacturers, the report says.

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    New UN decision makes fair globalization a core issue of the world agenda in 2005

    06 January 2005

    Achieving a fair globalization is now firmly implanted on the world agenda. With the adoption of a resolution at its most recent session, the UN General Assembly gave new impetus to global efforts to implement the recommendations of the report of the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization. In this feature, we examine how this move provides new reasons for hope that globalization can work much better in coming years to help reduce poverty for families, local communities and people around the world.