News, articles and statements

October 2020

  1. Annual meetings of the IMF and World Bank

    ILO: The world economy needs a new engine of economic recovery

    16 October 2020

    In written statements to the annual meetings of the IMF and the World Bank, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder warned against higher levels of poverty and inequality resulting from the COVID-19 crisis. Highlighting the urgent need for social protection for all, he called for profound structural changes to build back better and faster.

  2. Press release

    Ceremony for the signing of a new partnership agreement between SCORE Tunisia & the ISST

    15 October 2020

    A ceremony was held on 14th October in Tunisia for the signing of a partnership agreement between the ILO (SCORE Tunisia) and the Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (ISST).

  3. © Annie Spratt 2021

    International Day of Rural Women

    Rural women: Key actors in poverty reduction and food security

    15 October 2020

    Despite playing a major role as farmers, wage earners and entrepreneurs, rural women face gender-based discrimination leading to unpaid work, as well as unequal access to education, healthcare, property, and financial services.

  4. © ILO 2021

    Press release

    Critical gaps in social protection hampering Asia-Pacific region’s resilience to COVID-19

    15 October 2020

    Despite their rapid socioeconomic ascent, most countries in the Asia-Pacific region have weak social protection systems riddled with gaps, says a new report.

  5. ILO-EU Relations

    ILO and European Commission reaffirm mutual partnership at 15th High Level meeting

    13 October 2020

  6. COVID-19: Promoting skills development

    The ILO encourages more women to start careers in ICT sector jobs

    13 October 2020

    Employment opportunities in the field of information and communication technology (ICT) continue to grow along with rapid development of technology. The ILO encourages more women to take part in this field.

  7. COVID-19 pandemic

    Vulnerable workers hardest hit by COVID-19 fallout in fragile Arab states

    13 October 2020

    Assessments show spike in job and income losses and limited financial capacities to deal with the crisis, making it even harder for vulnerable workers to earn a living.

  8. Food security

    Impact of COVID-19 on people’s livelihoods, their health and our food systems

    13 October 2020

    Joint statement by ILO, FAO, IFAD and WHO.

  9. © Axel Fassio / CIFOR 2021


    A better future of work means building it green

    12 October 2020

    Nature can provide some of the best opportunities for creating jobs and stimulating economies, while protecting the planet.

  10. Meeting of BRICS Ministers of Labour and Employment

    International cooperation and solidarity needed to address social and economic impact of COVID-19

    09 October 2020

    Countries need to work together to address labour market impact of COVID-19, said ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, at the opening of the Labour and Employment Ministers meeting of the BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – on 9 October.

  11. © BRICS 2021

    Meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Labour and Employment

    BRICS commitment to jobs, social protection & social dialogue welcomed by ILO

    09 October 2020

    Higher levels of international cooperation and solidarity will be needed to meet the challenge to labour markets posed by COVID-19, says ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder.

  12. © Nenad Stojkovic 2021

    World Mental Health Day

    Let’s talk about mental health in the workplace

    09 October 2020

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, underlines the importance of looking after our mental health at a time when stresses are rising because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  13. © SIM USA 2021

    Education and skills

    ILO and UNICEF MOU to strengthen skills and lifelong learning

    09 October 2020

    The collaboration between the two agencies aims to improve the employability of young people and help the transition from school to work.

  14. News

    Receiving Vocational Qualification Certificates Through Opportunities for Life Project

    08 October 2020

    Turkish and Syrian trainees received vocational qualification certificates upon successful completion of the vocational training courses organised under the “Opportunities for Lives Project” jointly implemented by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and Directorate-General for International Labour Force (DG-ILF) of the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services.

  15. News

    ILO COOP provides a special message for the Coop Impact 2020 Conference

    08 October 2020

  16. © G20 2021

    G20 Tourism Ministers’ Meeting

    Tourism can kickstart economic recovery, with the right policy support, ILO Director-General tells G20 Ministers

    07 October 2020

    Tourism can play a critical role in kickstarting the global economy, but special measures to support vulnerable worker groups will be essential, along with social dialogue and effective cross-sectoral policies.

  17. Article

    Qatar issues a National Policy on Occupational Safety and Health to promote the right to safe and healthy workplaces

    07 October 2020

  18. Press release

    New Zealand and ILO launch NZ$ 3 million project for remittance dependent communities in South-Eastern Myanmar to cope with COVID 19 impacts on livelihoods

    06 October 2020

    Responding to the unprecedented crisis and pressing needs created by COVID-19 outbreak in Myanmar particularly in disaster and conflict-affected areas, the New Zealand Aid Programme and International Labour Organisation (ILO) technical team in Myanmar are launching a new project to provide livelihoods support to returned migrants and remittance dependent communities in South-Eastern Myanmar; one of the most vulnerable places along the border.

  19. Emergency employment and COVID-19

    ILO, Japan, MOLE provide emergency employment amid COVID-19 in BARMM

    06 October 2020

    The Bangsamoro government, ILO and the Government of Japan will provide emergency employment to workers displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  20. © Phil Roeder 2021

    World Teachers’ Day

    Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future

    05 October 2020

    Joint Statement from Guy Ryder, Director-General of ILO, Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF and David Edwards, General Secretary, Education International