Press releases


  1. Unemployment reached highest level on record in 2009: Somavia calls for the same policy decisiveness that saved banks to save and create jobs

    26 January 2010

    The number of jobless worldwide reached nearly 212 million in 2009 following an unprecedented increase of 34 million compared to 2007, on the eve of the global crisis, the International Labour Office (ILO) said in its annual "Global Employment Trends" report.


  1. ILO warns “early exit” from stimulus measures could prolong jobs crisis

    07 December 2009

    An “early exit” from support measures adopted in response to the global economic crisis could postpone a jobs recovery for years and render the fledgling economic upturn “fragile and incomplete”, a new report by the research arm of the International Labour Organization (ILO) says.

  2. First African Decent Work Symposium hears calls to invest in employment and sustainable enterprises

    01 December 2009

    The First African Decent Work Symposium “Recovering from the crisis: the implementation of the Global Jobs Pact in Africa” opened in Ouagadougou on 1 December with three heads of state and ministers of labour and finance and representatives of employers’ and workers’ organizations from more than 45 African countries.

  3. ILO Director-General says HIV/AIDS programmes crucial in crisis response

    30 November 2009

    The ILO’s Global Jobs Pact adopted earlier this year to address the global economic and jobs crisis, can play a crucial role in an effective workplace response to the impact of the crisis on people living with HIV/AIDS, ILO Director-General Juan Somavia said in a statement issued for World AIDS Day on 1 December.

  4. ILO Governing Body calls for comprehensive crisis response, long-term sustainable development based on Global Jobs Pact

    20 November 2009

    The Governing Body of the International Labour Office called for an “employment oriented” response to the global economic crisis based on policy measures set out in the ILO’s Global Jobs Pact. “A more balanced economic growth pattern must not lose sight of the need to urgently address large-scale unemployment, underemployment and rising income inequality. These issues deserve the same high level political priority that has been given to the rescue of financial institutions” said Governing Body members.

  5. Marlee Matlin urges that people with disabilities be “counted in” economic recovery efforts

    12 November 2009

    Expressing concern that people with disabilities may face rising exclusion from the world of work due to the global economic crisis, Academy Award winning actress, television star and activist Marlee Matlin urged that they be “counted in” efforts to stimulate and support economic recovery.

  6. ILO Governing Body to address world of work response to global economic crisis

    06 November 2009

    The Governing Body of the International Labour Office (ILO) is to examine the response of the world of work to the global economic crisis, and assess the current outlook for a recovery in employment at its meeting here on 5-20 November under the Global Jobs Pact adopted by the ILO’s International Labour Conference in June 2009.

  7. ILO says economic crisis eroding real wages for second year running

    03 November 2009

    Global growth in real wages slowed dramatically in 2008 as a result of the economic crisis and is expected to drop even further this year despite signs of a possible economic recovery, the International Labour Organization said. “The continued deterioration of real wages worldwide raises serious questions about the true extent of an economic recovery, especially if government rescue packages are phased out too early. Wage deflation deprives national economies of much needed demand and seriously affects confidence”, said Manuela Tomei, Director, ILO Conditions of Work and Employment Programme and lead author of the study.

  8. Arab Employment Forum endorses agenda for action in the region

    21 October 2009

    The Arab Employment Forum closed with agreement between the government, employer and worker representatives of 22 countries on an Agenda for Action to apply the Global Jobs Pact in the region to mitigate the immediate impacts of the economic crisis on labour markets.

  9. Arab Employment Forum opens with strong call for a job-centered recovery

    19 October 2009

    Government, employer and worker representatives opened a three-day Arab Employment Forum amid growing concerns over the impact of the global economic crisis on jobs and enterprises in the region, and an urgent call for action based on the ILO Global Jobs Pact. “The crisis calls for the building of a new model of sustainable and productive growth with sustainable enterprises and decent work, with dynamic markets operating within a framework of shared public policy objectives, not oblivious of the environment, concerned with the most vulnerable,” said ILO Director-General Juan Somavia in his opening address to the Forum.

  10. ILO report says temporary workers among the worst hit by the economic crisis, urges balance between flexible labour markets and workers’ protection

    19 October 2009

    A new report issued by the International Labour Office says that workers employed by temporary employment agencies have been among the first to lose their jobs as a result of the financial and economic crisis. At the same time, the report also observes that ratification of ILO Convention No. 181 on private employment agencies can help to promote Decent Work and ensure better functioning labour markets.

  11. Arab Employment Forum to address impact of the global financial crisis on employment

    18 October 2009

    A three-day Arab Employment Forum opens in Beirut with the participation of high-level delegates from 22 countries in the region to examine the consequences of the global economic crisis on Arab states and consider ways of sustaining jobs and extending social protection for its citizens.

  12. Arab Employment Forum: A Jobs Pact for Recovery and Growth

    15 October 2009

    Under the patronage of H.E. the Prime Minister of Lebanon, the International Labour Organization (ILO) in partnership with the Arab Labour Organization (ALO) will host the Arab Employment Forum (AEF) in Beirut on 19-21 October 2009. Keynote speakers will include Mr. Juan Somavia, Director-General of the ILO, Mr. Ahmed Luqman, Director-General of the ALO and labour ministers from across the Arab world.

  13. G20 Commit to Putting Quality Jobs at the Heart of the Recovery

    25 September 2009

    Leaders of the G20 have welcomed the ILO Global Jobs Pact and the building of “an employment-oriented framework for future economic growth”. ILO Director-General Juan Somavia, who was invited to present a report on policies and prospects for jobs and social protection to the Pittsburgh Summit said, “I welcome the significant commitment of the Leaders to “implementing recovery plans that support decent work, help preserve employment and prioritize job growth.”

  14. Despite continued rise in unemployment, measures taken by G20 governments will save up to 11 million jobs in 2009

    18 September 2009

    Employment and social protection measures taken by G20 governments since the economic crisis began will have created or saved an estimated 7 to 11 million jobs in the G20 countries this year, the Director-General of the International Labour Office (ILO) said in a communication at the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh.

  15. ILO welcomes new support for the Global Jobs Pact from the UN Economic and Social Council

    27 July 2009

    The International Labour Office welcomed the adoption of a resolution on the ILO’s Global Jobs Pact sponsored by more than 170 countries attending the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) meeting in Geneva.

  16. ILO Director-General welcomes G8 support for “global jobs pact”

    09 July 2009

    The Director-General of the International Labour Organization Juan Somavia today welcomed the strong support of the G8 summit meeting in L’Aquila, Italy, for the Global Jobs Pact agreed by governments, employers and workers, at the International Labour Conference three weeks ago, to tackle the global jobs crisis.

  17. ILO Director-General presents “Global Jobs Pact” to U.N. Economic and Social Council

    06 July 2009

    The Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Juan Somavia presented the ILO’s new Global Jobs Pact to the U.N. Economic and Social Council which began its annual meeting on Monday.

  18. ILO adopts “Global Jobs Pact” aimed at creating jobs, protecting workers and stimulating economic recovery

    19 June 2009

    Faced with the prospect of a prolonged global increase in unemployment, poverty and inequality and the continuing collapse of enterprises, the International Labour Organization adopted a Global Jobs Pact designed to guide national and international policies aimed at stimulating economic recovery, generating jobs and providing protection to working people and their families.

  19. ILO Director-General calls for a global jobs pact to urgently tackle the employment and social protection consequences of the economic crisis

    03 June 2009

    Warning of a possible six to eight year employment and social protection crisis due to the economic downturn, International Labour Organization (ILO) Director- General Juan Somavia called on delegates to the 98th International Labour Conference to adopt a “Global Jobs Pact.”