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January 2004

  1. Press release

    ILO to launch new study on economic costs and benefits of eliminating child labour

    28 January 2004

    What is the projected cost of eliminating child labour worldwide? How will global society benefit - especially developing and transitional economies?

  2. Press release

    ILO expresses "shock and sadness" at killing of Cambodian labour leader

    23 January 2004

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) today expressed its "shock and sadness" at the killing by unidentified assailants of Mr. Chea Vichea, President of the Free Trade Union of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia, calling his death an "irreplaceable loss".

  3. Press release

    Global unemployment remains at record levels in 2003 but annual ILO jobs report sees signs of recovery

    22 January 2004

    Overall global unemployment rose in 2003 to 185.9 million, remaining at record levels for men and women and escalating more sharply among young people despite a pickup in economic growth after a two-year slump, the International Labour Office (ILO) said in its annual jobs report released today.

  4. Article

    Unemployment - an enormous challenge for Latin America and the Caribbean

    13 January 2004

    A new ILO report paints a grim picture of unemployment in Latin America and the Caribbean. With 19 million jobless workers in Latin America's cities and unemployment hovering at above 10 per cent, the ILO says any recovery will require strong measures - including a reorientation of economic priorities and a more equitable globalization process.

December 2003

  1. Article

    Migrant health workers: Is one country’s gain another’s pain?

    19 December 2003

    Severe staff and skill shortages in the health systems of many countries have fostered the active recruitment of health workers from abroad, and this migration poses a potential threat to the health systems of developing countries, says a new ILO report which focuses on the situation of migrant nurses. Monica Evans from the ILO London Office spoke with the author, Dr. Stephen Bach.

  2. Press release

    ILO Director-General welcomes G8 call for stronger social and employment dimension of globalization

    17 December 2003

    General of the International Labour Office (ILO), Juan Somavia, today welcomed the conclusions of the G8 Labour and Employment Ministers Conference as a "positive step toward a fairer and more inclusive globalization process that ensures opportunities for all."

  3. Article

    In Afghanistan, paving the way to a brighter future

    15 December 2003

    After more than two decades of war, road- and bridge-building has become an essential part of Afghanistan's reconstruction. The ILO Crisis Response and Reconstruction Programme is using labour-based methods to fix not only the streets in Kabul, but also pave the way to long-term job creation and decent work.

  4. Press release

    Regional meeting concludes with pledge to strengthen ILO role in African development "Decent Work for Africa's Development"

    05 December 2003

    Xth African Regional Meeting concluded today with a broad set of recommendations on putting employment at the centre of Africa's development strategies and strengthening the organization's role in poverty reduction on the continent.

  5. Press release

    ILO delegates lay groundwork for African summit on poverty and employment

    03 December 2003

    Xth African Regional Meeting.

  6. Press release

    Xth African Regional Meeting Opens with Calls for Changes in International Policies on Poverty Alleviation

    02 December 2003

    centred approach to alleviating the continent's chronic poverty, and international policies must change to recognize this. That was the message heard by delegates to the International Labour Organization's Xth African Regional Meeting at its opening session this morning in the Ethiopian capital.