COVID-19: ILO partnerships to fight the virus sector by sector

Resource list | 09 April 2020
The ILO works with numerous international organizations to advance decent work in agriculture, education, health, mining, manufacturing, shipping, tourism and many other industries and services.


These partnerships are the forefront of fighting the COVID-crisis, sector by sector:​

Working for Health (W4H)
The ILO-OECD-WHO Working for Health programme is working with countries to scale up investments in their health workforce.

Better Work
The ILO-IFC Better Work programme is supporting workers, employers and government partners in the garment sector during this period of unprecedented disruption.

International Teacher Task Force
The ILO and the 143 members of the International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030 calls for increased support for more than 65 million teachers touched by the COVID-19 crisis.

Global Education Coalition
The ILO joins a global partnership aimed at ensuring equitable access to education during the pandemic. Watch the Director-General’s video message here.

Extraordinary G20 Tourism Ministers' Meeting on COVID-19
The ILO joined the extraordinary virtual G20 Tourism Ministers’ Meeting on COVID-19 on 24 April 2020. Read the remarks by Mr Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General (as prepared for delivery). The meeting adopted the G20 Tourism Ministers’ Statement on COVID-19.

Statements by the United Nations Secretary-General

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the repatriation of seafarers

Inter-agency statements

Joint statement by ILO, FAO, IFAD and WHO on the Impact of COVID-19 on people's livelihoods, their health and our food systems.

ILO-IMO-WHO joint statement on COVID-19 and seafarers
The ILO, IMO and WHO have issued a Joint statement on medical certificates of seafarers, ship sanitation certificates and medical care of seafarers in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

Recommended Framework of Protocols for ensuring safe ship crew changes and travel during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, developed by the ICS, ITF and others, circulated in IMO Circular Letter No.4204/Add.14/Rev.1, and noted in the ILO Governing Body  Resolution concerning maritime labour issues and the COVID-19 pandemic (adopted on 8 December 2020).  The Protocols are periodically updated to reflect the changing situation of the pandemic and response.

Joint Statement calling on all Governments to immediately recognize seafarers as key workers, and to take swift and effective action to eliminate obstacles to crew changes, so as to address the humanitarian crisis faced by the shipping sector, ensure maritime safety and facilitate economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic

ICAO-ILO-IMO: Joint Statement on designation of seafarers, marine personnel, fishing vessel personnel, offshore energy sector personnel, aviation personnel, air cargo supply chain personnel, and service provider personnel at airports and ports as key workers, and on facilitation of crew changes in ports and airports in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.