News, articles and statements

March 2021

  1. © Saiyna Bashir / IMF 2021

    COVID-19 and road transport

    Help needed for the “heroes” of the road

    19 March 2021

    Risks related to infection, theft and quarantine, combined with the closure of welfare facilities and other restrictions, have created complex social and economic issues for road transport drivers and companies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  2. COVID-19: Promoting skills development

    Soft skills improve the employability of youth and job seekers

    17 March 2021

    The ILO improves the employability of youth and job seekers, particularly from the marginalized and vulnerable groups, through a series of soft skills training programmes.

  3. Our impact, their voices

    Digital transformation of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Center instructors

    08 March 2021

    Two female instructors at Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Centers in Central Java and South Kalimantan are pioneering the transformation of digital training in their regions. They are two participants in the ILO training programme with the Ministry of Manpower.

February 2021

  1. Euronews Now

    Guy Ryder on Euronews Now: Countries should work together to support digital labour platform workers

    24 February 2021

  2. Vision Zero Fund High–Level Forum

    Improving safety and health in global supply chains vital for development

    23 February 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has shown what happens when occupational safety and health systems are under-resourced and unprepared. Improving the protection of working people, particularly in global supply chains, is vital for social and economic development, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, told a meeting of the Vision Zero Fund.

  3. Our impact, their voices

    Additional incomes help rural communities of Timor-Leste during the pandemic

    22 February 2021

    To assist the economic recovery, the ILO with support from its social partners in Timor-Leste support rural communities to survive the COVID-19 pandemic by providing direct employment opportunities.

  4. Community Emergency Employment Programme

    A fight for survival amid the pandemic

    19 February 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has deeply affected workers in the informal economy like Mohalidin. A father of 15 children, he shares his experience and life changing impact basic income and social protection can have for families struggling to survive.

  5. © Pathumporn Thongking/UN Women 2021

    Health at work

    ILO joins partnership to promote global health

    09 February 2021

    The ILO has joined 12 other multilateral organizations in a partnership to promote health at work and elsewhere, and help countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

  6. News

    EU and ILO reinforce cooperation for just recovery from crisis and promote decent work

    04 February 2021

    The International Labour Organization and the European Union have reinforced their cooperation to shape the future of work and promote decent work. This will help the EU and the ILO in their responses to the devastating impact of the coronavirus crisis on the world of work.

  7. NEDLAC Labour School 2021

    This global crisis must have a global, united, response

    01 February 2021

    Greater international solidarity and common purpose are needed to build economic and social recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said in an address to South Africa’s NEDLAC Labour School.

January 2021

  1. COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    Construction: Building blocks to recovery after crisis

    28 January 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the construction sector, which is sensitive to economic cycles. Yet, construction holds much potential to stimulate recovery, thanks to its potential to create jobs. Recovery measures can support the sector’s transformation towards sustainability and digitalization.

  2. Statement

    Joint Statement on prioritization of COVID-19 vaccination for seafarers and aircrew (25 March 2021)

    15 January 2021

  3. Statement

    Statement by the Secretary-General of IMO and the Director-General of ILO’s calling for attention to the matter of ʺno crew changeʺ clauses in charterparties

    15 January 2021

December 2020

  1. Video

    2020: Looking back, moving forward

    23 December 2020

    As 2020 comes to a close, the ILO looks back on its human-centred approach to tackling the challenges of a unprecedented year. Learn more about the ILO's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and multiple crisis around the world at:

  2. ILO e-LabadminOSH 2020

    ILO electronic library on labour administration and inspection and occupational safety and health

    20 December 2020

  3. Video

    Video: Impact of COVID-19 on youth in Lebanon

    17 December 2020

    In 2019, the ILO supported a group of Syrian refugee and Lebanese youth to establish income generating activities to promote entrepreneurship and self-reliance among vulnerable groups. COVID-19 has created economic challenges to these youth, many of whom are now trying to find ways to adapt to the new ways of work.

  4. © KB Mpofu / ILO 2021

    Jobs for peace and resilience

    COVID-19 is a threat to peacebuilding in conflict-affected nations

    17 December 2020

    Humanitarian and development agencies should use COVID-19 crisis programmes to promote resilience and peace and help societies build back better.

  5. Video

    How labour law applies to small enterprises

    11 December 2020

    Self-employed and micro, small and medium-sized enterprises account for two thirds of jobs worldwide. To ensure that all workers are equally protected, governments are implementing policies that extend the application, compliance, and enforcement of labour law to all enterprises regardless of their size, including those the informal economy and in self-employment.

  6. COVID-19: Stimulating employment and incomes

    Jumpstart a healthier and greener recovery

    11 December 2020

    As governments respond to the #COVID-19 pandemic, the multiple links between public health and the environment have become evident. Sustaining environmental and health gains can therefore help prevent future pandemics and climate-related crises.

  7. © Jérémy Stenuit 2021

    COVID-19 and price inflation

    COVID-19 drives up food prices worldwide

    10 December 2020

    COVID-19 restrictions have altered consumer spending patterns. In particular, lockdown measures have affected the supply of and demand for certain products and, hence, their prices.