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    Failing in school is not failing in life


    After 25 years of on-the-job experience as a welder in Zanzibar, Tanzania, 53-year-old Hussein Juma Hassan had his skills formally recognized. The certification process has helped him realise the value of his skills and also increased his income. Now he wants to give back to his community and train young people to become welders.


  • Social justice and equality will be at the heart of my mandate, says new ILO Director-General

    As he takes up his new position, Director-General Gilbert F. Houngbo talks about his background, his priorities and his vision for the ILO and the world of work.


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    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder concludes 10-year term in office

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, concludes 10 years of work, putting human-centred development and recovery at the heart of global policy-making. He handed the keys of office to his successor, Gilbert F. Houngbo.


  • ILO standards improve maritime workers' protection

    World Maritime Day

    Millions of people depend directly on the sea for their livelihoods and hundreds of millions more rely on them for food. Safeguarding the rights and conditions of seafarers has been part of the ILO’s work for more than 100 years. In June 2022, Member States adopted important amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 - which is widely known as the “seafarers’ bill of rights”.


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