Events, meetings and trainings

The ILO organizes and takes part in a wide range of meetings, conferences, workshops and training events, throughout the Pacific. More information about the events listed below can be found by clicking on the relevant link, or by contacting the CO-Suva.

May 2014

  1. Women Entrepreneurs Business Council (WEBC) Strategic Planning Workshop

    19 - 20 May 2014

    A two-day strategic planning session for Women Entrepreneurs and Business Council (WEBC) was conducted to provide a vision and direction for the Council and develop a short to medium term work plan

April 2014

  1. Business Awareness training for seasonal workers piloted in PNG

    2 - 4 April 2014

    Thirty PNG seasonal workers getting ready to work in Australia and New Zealand have, as part of their pre-departure preparations, received Business Awareness training. The goal of the training being to encourage participants to think creatively about how they can best used their income and new skills when they return from overseas work. This training was based on the international recognized ILO’s “Start Your Business” programme.

  2. ILO Supports Trade Pasifika 2014

    2 - 4 April 2014

    Trade Pasifika 2014 was held from 2-4 April 2014 in Suva, Fiji and offered an opportunity to grow and develop trade leads, meet and network with Pacific Island businesses and national, regional and international buys to create long-lasting relationships.

December 2013

  1. Pacific Youth & Sports Conference (PYASC)

    1 - 7 December 2013

    The ILO is the lead agency on youth employment at the conference and will be planning and delivering various interactive workshops, motivational speeches and debates on waged and self employment for young people in the Pacific. One of the initiatives is to develop a practical guide for Pacific Island young men and women – “Getting my first job”. This booklet will be printed and widely distributed to young people at the conference.

November 2013

  1. Sub-Regional Workshop for New ILO Member States in the Pacific

    27 - 29 November 2013

    The themes of this workshop focus on the common needs and opportunities for these four member States (Tuvalu, Palau, Marshall Islands and Tonga). This includes the following themes: · To discuss each country’s obligations under the Constitution and the supervisory system. · To promote the ratification of the eight Fundamental Conventions · To promote the principles of tripartism and the benefits of constituents working together whether formally or informally to discuss labour issues · To address matters relating to accession to the 1947 Convention relating to Privileges and Immunities. · To identify some possible priority areas of work in Palau and the Marshall Islands – both of whom are unlikely to have formal DWCPs developed.

  2. Strengthening Tripartite Labour Advisory bodies in the Pacific

    19 - 21 November 2013

    With assistance from the ILO’s Training Centre in Turin, a new training package for tripartite labour advisory bodies is being developed and will be piloted in Vanuatu at a workshop from 19 – 21 November 2013.

  3. Sub-Regional Workshop on Disaster Response and Employment

    11 - 15 November 2013

    The training is aimed at enhancing the social safety nets, especially livelihoods and employment, for the people living in the Pacific countries prone to natural and focusses mainly on Pre-disaster Recovery Planning; Post-disaster Livelihood and Employment Assessment; and Local Economic Development /Local Economic Recovery in crisis-settings.

October 2013

  1. Tripartite Workshop on Wage Policies for the Pacific Island Countries

    29 - 31 October 2013

    The workshop expects to achieve a clearer understanding of how key principles of collective bargaining and minimum wage setting can be combined into effective wage policies in the context of the Pacific, and initiate a discussion within the tripartite delegations on how this can be implemented at the country-level through the DWCPs that are currently being renewed.

  2. Pacific Island Countries Trade Agreement (PICTA) address issues of Labour Mobility

    18 October 2013

    Hosted by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretary and the Intra-ACP Migration Facility, the meeting was an opportunity to share issues and experiences regarding intra-regional labour mobility, and to decide on the next steps in the negotiation of a regional mobility scheme (the Temporary Movement of Natural Persons, as part of the PICTA negotiations)

September 2013

  1. Pacific Growth and Employment Project update

    15 - 28 September 2013

    The next phase of the Project commences the in-county activities. Meetings with Stakeholders and prospective participants in the Taskforce are being scheduled for Vanuatu from 15 – 19 September 2013 and PNG from 24 – 28 September 2013.

  2. Tonga Update

    9 - 13 September 2013

    In early September, a mission to Tonga will take place to provide technical assistance relating to the development of Tonga’s draft Employment Relations Bill. Tonga has expressed a commitment to joining the ILO as part of programme of work to improve compliance with international labour standards.

August 2013

  1. Addressing youth employment through promoting entrepreneurship education

    12 August 2013

    The ILO in collaboration with the Faculty of Business & Economics (FBE) of the University of the South Pacific (USP), Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO) and the Pacific Youth Council (PYC), organised a panel public lecture and panel discussion on 12 August 2013 to mark International Youth Day 2013.

July 2013

  1. Sub-regional workshop: Building Equal Opportunities and Decent Work for Women

    26 July 2013

    Strengthening gender equality with a specific focus on regional and national priorities

  2. Supporting Child Rights through Art, Education and the Media

    20 July 2013

    The Camp prompted children to recognize that work on the streets is a dangerous, risky business and that withdrawal is possible. 25 participants attended the SCREAM Camp- the majority between 15 to 18 years old- and participated in activities to on Children’s rights and conflict with the law, protective behaviour, HIV and AIDS, substance abuse- effects of drugs and alcohol, basic first aid skills, basic budgeting skills and jewellery making.

  3. Tackling daily dangers of waste management

    17 July 2013

    Seven Pacific Island Countries (Fiji, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu) were represented at a training of trainers workshop on Occupational Safety and Health in Waste Management in Apia, Samoa in July.

June 2013

  1. Third Pacific Regional Conference on Disability

    21 June 2013

    Promoting the need to highlight the rights of people with disabilities in the Post 2015 Development Agenda.

  2. Third Pacific Regional Conference on Disability

    21 June 2013

    Promoting the need to highlight the rights of people with disabilities in the Post 2015 Development Agenda.

  3. Capacity Building Workshop of the Tuvalu Private Sector Organization 17-21 June 2013

    17 - 21 June 2013

    Training on Financial Management for Small and Medium Enterprises in Funafuti and also on enterprise develop for aspiring entrepreneurs in Tuvalu.

  4. Participation at the 3rd Conference on Regulating for Decent Work: Regulating for Equitable and Job‐Rich Growth (RDW), 3-5 July 2013

    3 - 5 June 2013

    The 2013 RDW Conference will centre on the role of labour market regulation when job creation is the paramount objective. Papers are invited to address labour market regulation's ideal post‐crisis form, with a special focus on four thematic issues: (a) Comparing and evaluating labour regulation systems; (b) regulating informal work; (c) industrial and employment relations for inclusive growth; (d) new patterns of segmentation and new challenges for promoting inclusive labour markets.

May 2013

  1. Fiji Commerce & Employers’ Federation Industrial Relations Project - Publication Launch

    31 May 2013

    A joint launch of the Fiji Employers Guide to collective Bargaining and the Employers Guide on Gender Equality