News and features

January 2023

  1. ILO launches Massive Open Online Course "Making Universal Social Protection a Reality"

    25 January 2023

    This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) enables learners to understand the key social protection concepts and the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to social protection.

October 2022

  1. Routes to success for youth through digital skills and apprenticeship

    28 October 2022

    The ILO’s digital skills training and apprenticeship programmes have provided two young Indonesians with a better opportunity for skilled jobs in animation industry.

  2. © Hydromet 2023

    ILO Director-General calls for social protection and minimum wages to respond to cost-of-living crisis

    17 October 2022

    In statements to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund Annual Meetings, ILO calls for a crisis response that reduces inequalities and promotes sustainability, through universal social protection, adequate wage increases, greater support for vulnerable economies and respect for labour rights.

September 2022

  1. Despite some improvements needed, Indonesia’s unemployment benefit helps laid-off workers during the transition period

    26 September 2022

    The ILO continues to support initiatives taken by the Indonesian government to improve its unemployment benefit programme (JKP). Two workers shared their stories participating in the JKP programme.

  2. © Hispanolistic 2023

    Spain approves law improving working conditions and social security for domestic workers

    19 September 2022

    The new Spanish legislation will bring the rights of domestic workers into line with those of other employed workers.

  3. Indonesian unemployment insurance scheme reviewed for improvements after six-months of implementation

    13 September 2022

    The ILO supports the review and examination of the implementation of the Indonesian unemployment insurance scheme (JKP) for better improvements and expansions to benefit all workers facing job lost and replacement.

August 2022

  1. © ILO/M. Duangkhiew 2023

    More than half of people in Asia and the Pacific still lack social protection, says new ILO report

    30 August 2022

    Despite significant progress in much of Asia and the Pacific social protection policies still lag behind other areas of the world, according to a new ILO report.

July 2022

  1. Expand social protection coverage to limit the effects of the pandemic, say trade unions

    05 July 2022

    Trade union leaders and representatives from around the world agreed that extending social protection coverage and strengthening social protection systems is of highest priority. The fallout from the pandemic has underlined the need for governments to make social protection a reality for all.

  2. Representatives from the Jordanian Social Security Corporation visit Turkey to exchange knowledge on the extension of coverage and universal health insurance

    01 July 2022

    The five-day study visit offered insights into best practices that will support the SSC efforts in extending coverage to all workers and drafting the new health insurance bylaw.

June 2022

  1. ILO and Portugal sign cooperation agreement on Social Protection

    17 June 2022

    On Tuesday 14 June in the framework of a High-Level Conference organized by the ILO Office in Lisbon and the Ministry of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security of Portugal, the International Labour Organization has signed a cooperation agreement with the Strategic and Planning Office of the Ministry of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security of Portugal to implement the Phase 3 of the ACTION/Portugal project on “Strengthening of Social Protection Systems in the PALOP and Timor-Leste".

  2. © Kate Holt / Solidarity Center 2023

    Only six per cent of domestic workers have comprehensive social protection, says ILO

    16 June 2022

    Domestic workers make an important contribution to society, providing vital care for families and households, but they remain undervalued.

  3. ILO facilitates bipartite discussions on strengthening social security system

    03 June 2022

    Workers and employers from four provinces shared their perspectives on the direction of future social security schemes in a series of bipartite meetings.

May 2022

  1. Jordan and ILO sign agreement to support the extension of social security coverage and promote formalization

    24 May 2022

    The project will help extend social protection to Jordanian and non-Jordanian workers, including refugees, by subsidizing contributions and providing income support to promote their participation in the national social security system.

  2. Older people in Lebanon face desperate circumstances due to lack of basic social protection guarantees

    24 May 2022

    A new report by HelpAge International and the ILO draws on the testimonials of older people who convey the severe hardships they face because of the lack of an adequate social protection system in Lebanon.

  3. © Dominic Chavez / World Bank 2023

    ILO/UNICEF: Social protection contributes to reducing child labour

    18 May 2022

    A new ILO-UNICEF report calls for the closing of the social protection coverage gap that means 1.5 billion children are still unsupported by family or child cash benefits.

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.

February 2022

  1. © Shutterstock 2023

    Reform needed for Thailand’s pension system, not new schemes

    11 February 2022

    The current Thai retirement pension scheme should be strengthened and any move to introduce new schemes or allow lump sum withdrawals avoided, according to a review of the system by the United Nations.

January 2022

  1. © BWI 2023

    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.