News and articles - 101st International Labour Conference

  1. Invest in youth or lose a generation, ILO says

    14 June 2012

    The International Labour Conference calls for urgent action to tackle the jobs crisis that affects 75 million young men and women across the globe. Political commitment and innovative approaches are needed.

  2. Aid, investment needed to strengthen democracy in Myanmar: Suu Kyi

    14 June 2012

    Aung San Suu Kyi stresses the problems of youth employment, calls for help in boosting democracy and invites socially responsible investment in Myanmar.

  3. Prioritize ‘full employment’, says Italian President

    13 June 2012

    Italy’s President tells delegates to the International Labour Conference that social protection for all is key to a fair global development.

  4. ILO lifts restrictions on Myanmar

    13 June 2012

    The International Labour Organization has lifted its restrictions on the full participation of Myanmar in its activities and decided to review the progress on the elimination of forced labour in the country next year.

  5. Panama’s economic boom imposes responsibility to close gap between rich and poor, President of Panama says

    12 June 2012

  6. Need to find new ways to tackle unemployment, inequality and growth, says Klaus Schwab

    11 June 2012

    Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chair of the World Economic Forum, called for a “paradigm shift” in the approach to social and development challenges during his address to the International Labour Conference.

  7. Growth must lead to social inclusion, says Peru’s President

    11 June 2012

    Peru’s President Ollanta Humala told delegates at the ILC that economic growth must lead to social development, while ILO head Juan Somavia said Peru has shown both can go hand-in-hand.

  8. Halt jobs drain, give youth a chance says Spain’s Prince Felipe

    08 June 2012

    Tackling high unemployment and making sure young people can find a job is a priority for Spain.

  9. Zambian President calls for strong global partnership on youth employment

    08 June 2012

    Zambia looks forward to a process that will “lift millions of our people out of poverty,” the President of Zambia, Michael Chilufya Sata told delegates to the International Labour Conference.

  10. “No democracy without social justice,” says Tunisian President

    08 June 2012

    “Minorities which ruled with iron and fire will never return,” Tunisian President Mohamed Moncef Marzouki told delegates at the ILO’s International Labour Conference in Geneva.

  11. Working a childhood away in Afghanistan’s kilns

    07 June 2012

    Children as young as five work as brick makers in Afghanistan’s kilns, as poverty and debt keep their families in low-wage bonded labour. Tackling the issue is far more complex than just banning child labour in the kilns, the ILO says.

  12. From a child’s eye: Working in the hot sharp salt fields of Cambodia

    07 June 2012

    This year, the world marks the tenth anniversary of the annual World Day Against Child Labour. But for many parents in Cambodia, sending their children to work is an economic necessity.

  13. Media advisory: World Day Against Child Labour, 12 June 2012

    07 June 2012

    This year’s annual World Day against Child Labour will put the spotlight on the progress that ILO Member States have made in the application of the ILO’s Conventions on Child Labour.

  14. The “abused maid”: A good tale for a film, but not for real life

    07 June 2012

    Millions of domestic workers get paid below the minimum wage, and rarely benefit from health insurance, paid leave, or even time off. Has anything changed since the adoption last year of the ILO’s Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers?

  15. Global concern for jobs can help bring us out of the crisis, says ILO chief

    06 June 2012

    World bodies need to unite around common concerns to rebuild global governance and respond to people’s needs, says ILO Director-General.

  16. ILO chief on world economy: Too much focus on finance, too little on society

    06 June 2012

    ILO Director-General outlines what a new era for the world economy should look like, with changing priorities that break with the dogmas of the past and respond to people’s needs.

  17. Why we need a Recommendation on social protection floors

    04 June 2012

    The International Labour Conference (ILC) is expected to vote on a Recommendation for social protection floors. Michael Cichon, Director of the ILO’s Social Security Department, explains why we need this international labour standard.

  18. Cape Verde: How social protection can help the elderly

    04 June 2012

    The International Labour Conference is considering adoption of a Recommendation on Social Protection Floors. The ILO is convinced every country can move towards social security for all, and cites the example of impoverished Cape Verde.

  19. The situation of workers in the occupied Arab territories remains precarious, ILO says

    04 June 2012

    Realities of the occupation on the ground and the expansion of Israeli settlements, leading to a shrinking space for Palestinian, makes the situation of workers in the occupied Arab territories extremely worrying and precarious.

  20. Costa Rica President attends International Labour Conference

    30 May 2012

    Costa Rica’s President highlights the importance of decent work as a tool for economic growth. She spoke on the first day of the International Labour Conference.