Press releases


  1. Heads of State, government and leaders from the world of work tackle the global jobs crisis

    02 June 2009

    Some 4,000 representatives of government and employers’ and workers’ organizations are to meet in Geneva on 3-19 June to search during the annual Conference of the International Labour Organization for an effective response to the growing impact of the economic and financial crisis on employment, social protection and the world of work.

  2. ILO says job losses are increasing due to economic crisis

    28 May 2009

    The International Labour Office issued new labour market projections for 2009, showing a further increase in unemployment, working poor and those in vulnerable employment. In presenting the new data, ILO Director-General Juan Somavia, said the ILO’s annual International Labour Conference, to be held in Geneva on 3-19 June, was to consider an emergency “global jobs pact” designed to promote a coordinated policy response to the global jobs crisis.

  3. ILO meets with high-level experts to discuss the crisis and the future of the automotive industry

    22 May 2009

    Against the backdrop of the global economic and social crisis, senior experts on the automotive sector from Europe, Asia and the Americas met here on 20-21 May with top officials of the International Labour Organization (ILO) to discuss the state of the automotive industry and its future directions.

  4. ILO Director-General calls London G20 Summit "an important step forward on a difficult road"

    03 April 2009

    The Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Juan Somavia welcomed the outcome of the London G20 Summit, saying that “The leaders of the G20 have made significant progress in consolidating a coordinated international response to the deepening global crisis".

  5. Call for employment and social policies to drive growth and recovery

    30 March 2009

    At a special G8+6 Social Summit, International Labour Organization Director-General Juan Somavia called for new employment and social protection policies to drive economic growth and a recovery from the global economic crisis.

  6. ILO Governing Body concludes discussions on policy responses to global economic and jobs crisis

    27 March 2009

    The International Labour Office Governing Body concluded its discussions on the financial and economic global crisis, recommending a series of measures aimed at mitigating its impact and shaping a sustainable recovery.

  7. ILO calls for urgent global jobs pact to forestall "prolonged and severe" employment crisis

    24 March 2009

    The Director-General of the International Labour Organization called for a “Global Jobs Pact” to forestall a “prolonged and severe” jobs crisis that would lead to a massive increase in unemployment and working poverty.


  1. ILO expresses deep concern over economic crisis, moves to forge policy responses based on decent work

    21 November 2008

    Amid growing concern over the impact of economic turmoil on workers, employers and governments, the Governing Body of the International Labour Office (ILO) took the first steps toward forging employment and social policy responses through social dialogue aimed at meeting the challenges of the deepening global economic crisis.