News and features

February 2023

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    ILO Director-General welcomes Côte d'Ivoire's action on social protection

    27 February 2023

    During his visit to Abidjan, ILO Director-General, Gilbert F. Houngbo, stressed the need to promote decent work in the cocoa sector.

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.

December 2022

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    Low levels of social protection and statistical invisibility increases the vulnerability of 55 million indigenous people

    15 December 2022

    The COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately affected more than 800 groups of indigenous peoples, who are overly affected by poverty and informality, have few opportunities for decent work, and face obstacles in accessing education or participating politically, says new ILO report.

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    Turning Moldova “white” – The Moldovan government takes bold steps to encourage the formalization of employment

    06 December 2022

    With ILO assistance, the Government of Moldova is developing innovative and ambitious policies for combating undeclared work, including a voucher system for occasional workers in agriculture, subsidy of social security contributions and by strengthening the labour inspectorate.

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.

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    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.

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    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

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    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. Rapid Assessment of the Situation of Informal Workers in Tajikistan

    07 July 2022

    Rapid Assessment of the Situation of Informal Workers was presented to the National Tripartite Commission in Dushanbe on 7 July 2022. The documents underlines the the need for a set of comprehensive legal, policy, awareness raising and enforcement measures that in synergy contribute to a reduction of informality.

  2. 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.

  3. 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. Pilot ‘Employment Injury Scheme’ launched by Ministry of Labour and ILO to provide income protection to victims of work-related accidents and occupational diseases

    22 June 2022

  2. 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".

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    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.

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    Albania faces a growing need of long-term care for its elderly population

    07 June 2022

    According to a recent ILO study, at least 91 thousand elderly in Albania are in need of long-term care. Less than 2 percent of them are currently receiving formal long-term care services and most of them rely on family members, in particular unpaid female carers. With a rapidly ageing population and continual out-migration, Albania is facing an imminent challenge to ensure access to affordable and quality care services for all elderly in need.

  5. 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.