News, articles and statements

August 2020

  1. COVID-19 and child labour

    Combating increased exploitation of children during the COVID-19 pandemic

    03 August 2020

    In conjunction with the commemoration of the National Children’s Day, relevant stakeholders, with support from the ILO, discussed intensified efforts to stop the exploitation of children in the country.

July 2020

  1. © Nenad Stojkovic 2020

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    A better normal must mean tackling workplace violence and harassment

    27 July 2020

    There are signs that work-related violence and harassment has increased during the COVID-19 crisis. A new ILO report looks at how the causes and manifestations can be addressed, something that will be essential if we are to create a ‘better normal’.

  2. COVID-19 and social dialogue

    Tackling the impact of COVID-19 pandemic with transparencies between employers and workers

    21 July 2020

    What can employers and workers do to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic? They can work together. The ILO calls for the cooperation between representatives of employers and workers through social dialogues.

  3. Chemical safety

    ILO/UNITAR Webinar on Chemical Safety and World of Work

    21 July 2020

    On Wednesday 15 July more than 100 participants from all over the world joined a webinar organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) on Chemical safety in the World of Work: A Global View on Occupational Safety and Health Management Systems.

  4. © Prakash MATHEMA / AFP 2020

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    Include indigenous people in COVID-19 response

    20 July 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on an already marginalized population in Nepal.

  5. COVID-19 stories

    First person: COVID-19 stories from the world of work

    17 July 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our world in ways we could hardly have imagined. Everyone has been affected and everyone has a story to share. See some of their stories here.

  6. Statement

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Outcome of the International Maritime Virtual Summit on Crew Changes organized by the United Kingdom

    16 July 2020

    With hundreds of thousands of seafarers stranded at sea due to the pandemic, a new international agreement recognizes them as key workers who should be protected.

  7. © Ploy Phutpheng / UN Women 2020

    Joint Op-Ed ECLAC, ILO & UN Geneva

    Building back better: Equality at the centre

    16 July 2020

    We must put equality and environmental sustainability at the centre of the recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  8. COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    Indonesia and Thailand to strengthen their port inspection to combat trafficking and forced labour at sea

    15 July 2020

    To combat forced labour and human trafficking onboard fishing vessels in the Southeast Asia, Indonesia and Thailand, with support from the ILO, took a step to develop a bilateral protocol on port State inspection on foreign fishing vessels.

  9. Blog

    My first 100 days in Baghdad under COVID-19 lockdown

    15 July 2020

    Taking up a new post in Baghdad during the pandemic posed enormous challenges, including inventing new working practices, overcoming prejudice and handling security, but it didn’t prevent the ILO’s new Country Coordinator from making progress in promoting decent work and social justice.

  10. COVID-19: Promoting skills development

    Supporting the development of digital learning in Indonesia

    14 July 2020

    The ILO through its skills development programmes supports the capacity building of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in 47 countries, including Indonesia. Nine Indonesian representatives have been part of the ILO’s e-learning programme.

  11. Virtual Global Summit

    ILO Global Summit builds commitment to create better world of work after COVID-19

    13 July 2020

    Global leaders discussed strategies to ensure the world of work after the COVID-19 pandemic tackles the vulnerabilities exposed by the outbreak, including a lack of social protection, the informal economy, inequality and climate change.

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    COVID-19 and the maritime sector

    ILO welcomes COVID-19 seafarers’ rights agreement

    09 July 2020

    With hundreds of thousands of seafarers stranded at sea due to the pandemic, a new international agreement recognizes them as key workers who should be protected.

  13. Virtual Global Summit

    Global leaders to address ILO Virtual Global Summit on COVID-19 and the World of Work

    07 July 2020

    The largest ever online gathering of workers, employers and governments will discuss how to build back better in the post-pandemic recovery.

  14. Virtual Global Summit

    Regional events pave the way for global discussions on COVID-19 and the World of Work

    03 July 2020

    Participants from five ILO regions discussed the challenges of recovery and building back better, and their conclusions will feed into discussions at a ILO virtual Global Summit.

  15. International Day of Cooperatives

    How cooperatives can help Brazil’s waste pickers build back from COVID-19

    03 July 2020

    This year’s International Day of Cooperatives on 4 July will focus on climate action. Waste pickers’ cooperatives in Brazil are examples of how cooperatives can help combat climate change, while facing the challenges thrown up by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    Let’s talk openly about mental health in the workplace

    03 July 2020

    With so many workers suffering the psychological consequences of the pandemic, mental health cannot remain a taboo.

June 2020

  1. Syria: IV Brussels Conference

    Statement by the ILO Director-General to the Brussels IV Conference supporting Syria and the region

    30 June 2020

    “Let us focus on building back better with a human-centred approach with and for refugees and their host communities,” ILO Director-General Guy Ryder has said to the Brussels IV Conference on supporting the future of Syria and the region, convened by the EU.

  2. © Jennifer A. Patterson / ILO 2020

    COVID-19: Stimulating the economy and employment

    As jobs crisis deepens, ILO warns of uncertain and incomplete labour market recovery

    30 June 2020

    The International Labour Organization’s latest analysis of the labour market impact of COVID-19 finds its impact on the world of work was more severe than previously estimated, and offers three scenarios for the second half of 2020.

  3. COVID-19: Promoting skills development

    Engaging industrial sectors to address skills mismatch and economic recovery

    30 June 2020

    Engagement of industries is the key for enhancing skills development. Indonesia, with support from the ILO, have promoted greater partnership with industrial sectors to address skills gap and mismatch as part of the economic recovery after the pandemic.