News and features

March 2022

  1. ILO-ISSA Webinar on Extending Social Protection for Migrant Workers, Refugees and their Families – Guide for policymakers and practitioners

    15 March 2022

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Social Security Association (ISSA) brought together more than 850 practitioners, policy-makers, researchers and the international community from over 130 countries to present the Guide on Extending Social Protection to Migrant Workers, Refugees, and their Families and country practices from Argentina, Morocco and Portugal.

  2. Global virtual conference on social protection and people with disabilities

    14 March 2022

    Participants will examine country case studies and ways for social protection systems to facilitate inclusion for people with disabilities.

January 2022

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    Government intervention is needed for the compliance of maternity rights

    06 January 2022

    Many women workers unwillingly hide their pregnancies out of fear losing their jobs. The ILO discussion highlights the urgency of incorporating maternity rights into Indonesia’s social security system.

December 2021

  1. Joint UN-Uzbekistan Achievements in Strengthening the Social Protection System Discussed

    17 December 2021

    TASHKENT, 17 December 2021, – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a meeting for national and international development partners to discuss the achievements of the UN Joint Programme on Strengthening Social Protection in Uzbekistan and to foster actions for social protection strengthening in the context of the ongoing reforms and COVID-19 pandemic.

  2. 1.6 billion across Asia and the Pacific lack access to social health protection

    10 December 2021

    Ground-breaking new report on the extension of social health protection in Asia and the Pacific highlights shortfalls of existing schemes and need for wider access to health care services.

November 2021

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    ILO reaches ratification target for landmark social security Convention

    08 November 2021

    Paraguay has become the 60th country to ratify the flagship ILO social security Convention, No.102, reaching a target set in 2012 by the ILO’s Governing Body.

  2. Armenia: ILO social security standards as a guiding framework to implement the human right to social security

    02 November 2021

    On 2 November, representatives from the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, the Republican Union of Employers of Armenia and the Confederation of Trade Unions of Armenia participated in a tripartite meeting to discuss ILO social security standards as a guiding framework to implement the human right to social security.

October 2021

  1. ILO’s Global Flagship Programme on Building Social Protection Floors for All launches its second phase, extending support to 50 focus countries and aiming to improve the lives of 60 million people

    07 October 2021

    The ILO’s Global Flagship Programme on Building Social Protection Floors for All (SPF Flagship Programme) officially launched its second phase (2021 -2025) at its annual Development Partners meeting on 7 October 2021, announcing an extension of support to 50 focus countries and territories in advancing towards universal social protection.

September 2021

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    UN Secretary-General calls for accelerated action on jobs and social protection

    28 September 2021

    Deeply diverging recoveries threaten to undermine trust and solidarity and make the world more vulnerable to future crises, including climate change. In response the UN and ILO have established a ‘Global Accelerator’ to help ensure global financing to create 400 million jobs and extend social protection to 4 billion people currently without coverage.

  2. Timor-Leste develops a National Strategy for Social Protection

    03 September 2021

    The government of Timor-Leste, with support from the ILO, continues to strengthen its social protection by developing a National Strategy for Social Protection to reduce poverty and social vulnerability.

  3. ILO facilitates stakeholders learning on social protection

    02 September 2021

    To enhance knowledge of stakeholders and partners on social protection and corresponding policy issues, ILO initiates a series of lectures inviting national and international experts to share their insights and expertise.

July 2021

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    Indonesia to prepare integrated public employment service to assist unemployed finds new job

    22 July 2021

    While cash benefit provides necessary support to maintain livelihood in between jobs, skills training and job search assistant are meaningful to help unemployed gets a new job.

  2. ILO: Employment Insurance (JKP) – A step to deliver the integrated assistance for job seekers

    19 July 2021

    The implementation of the employment insurance or Jaminan Kehilangan Pekerjaan (JKP) requires smooth integration and synergy between the provision of cash and non-cash benefits to provide effective protection for the unemployed workers.

May 2021

  1. Extending social protection to Indonesian digital workers

    11 May 2021

    Digital and gig economies have created enormous opportunities and enhanced productivity of workers, businesses and the overall society. Yet, they also pose serious threat to decent work and fair competition.

April 2021

  1. Launching of a web portal for eligible textile and garment sector employers to register and participate in a job retention programme

    21 April 2021

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (ILO News) – Domestic textile and garment factories affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can now apply through a web portal to obtain wage subsidies for their workers in a job retention programme covering up to 45,000 workers.

  2. COVID-19 strategies must invest in human-centred recovery, ILO tells World Bank/IMF

    09 April 2021

    Economic and social recovery from the pandemic will require policies that promote decent work, address poverty and inequalities, and encourage a green recovery, the ILO’s Director-General has said in statements to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund’s Spring Meetings.

  3. Indonesia to learn from the United Kingdom to set up public employment service

    01 April 2021

    Following the release of unemployment benefit regulation, Indonesia is now strengthening employment agencies' capacity to provide training and job placement service for the unemployed. Policymakers in Indonesia learned from other countries experiences in developing effective public employment service.

March 2021

  1. Actuary or actor?

    30 March 2021

    Behind the scenes of social protection: managing risk and uncertainty in social security.

  2. Engaging journalists to better promote the new unemployment benefit scheme

    12 March 2021

    The Government of Indonesia has formally launched the new unemployment benefits programme known as Jaminan Kehilangan Pekerjaan (JKP) early this year. The ILO supports the awareness raising efforts through various channels, including mass media.

  3. Social security and COVID-19: Which measures were effective in protecting workers?

    11 March 2021

    The recent ILO report reviews the national social security measures in response to the COVID-19 crisis, analyses their effectiveness, and discusses future challenges in improving the social security systems. The report covers seven countries in the Western Balkans and Eastern Europe: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine.