News and press releases

This is a list of official ILO press releases issued by the ILO Country Office for South Pacific Island Countries. The most recent release is at the top.

December 2019

  1. Cook Islands ratifies the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, as amended (MLC, 2006)

    19 December 2019

    Cook Islands is the 96th Member State of the ILO to have ratified the Convention

November 2019

  1. Earthquake victims get gravity-fed water supply in Papua New Guinea

    22 November 2019

    A ILO-Japan funded partnership infrastructure project is helping earthquake-affected communities in the Nipa district to access clean drinking water.

July 2019

  1. © Robert Scoble 2020

    First visit of ILO Director-General to a Pacific Island State

    26 July 2019

    The Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Mr Guy Ryder, visited Papua New Guinea on the occasion of the Pacific high level forum on climate change and decent work. The trip was the first-ever visit of an ILO Director-General to a Pacific Island State.

June 2019

  1. Kiribati ratifies the Tripartite Consultation (International Labour Standards) Convention, 1976 (No. 144)

    28 June 2019

    Kiribati is the 147th member State to have ratified this Convention.

  2. Vanuatu ratifies the Minimum Age Convention, 1973 (No. 138)

    24 June 2019

    Vanuatu has now ratified all of the 8 ILO Fundamental Conventions

  3. Lao People’s Democratic Republic ratifies the 1986 Constitutional Amendment

    24 June 2019

  4. International Labour Conference ends with adoption of key Convention and Declaration

    22 June 2019

    The International Labour Conference adopts landmark instruments on violence and harassment and a Declaration on the future of work. The Conference concluded its two-week session, which marked the Centenary of the ILO.

  5. New international labour standard to combat violence, harassment, at work agreed

    21 June 2019

    The Centenary International Labour Conference has adopted a new Convention and Recommendation to combat violence and harassment in the workplace.

  6. Marshall Islands, Belgium, highlight climate threats, technological change

    20 June 2019

    More than thirty world leaders have addressed the two-week International Labour Conference, which this year marks the Centenary of the ILO. They expressed support for the ILO’s social justice mandate and called for global action for a just future of work.

  7. Observing the World Day against Child Labour in Suva, Fiji

    12 June 2019

    The ILO’s Convention on the Worst Forms of Child Labour, 1999 (No. 182) has achieved almost universal ratification by the ILO’s 187 member States, and the ratification rate of the Minimum Age Convention, 1973 (No. 138) is not far behind.

  8. Tuvalu ratifies Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention

    12 June 2019

    Tuvalu is the 186th Member State to have ratified Convention No. 182.

April 2019

  1. © World Future Council 2020

    Awarding innovative policies to empower youth

    18 April 2019

    National, local and regional governments and non-governmental organizations are encouraged to showcase decent work policies that help youth reach their full potential.

March 2019

  1. The Marshall Islands ratifies Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention

    13 March 2019

    Marshall Islands is the 184th Member State to have ratified Convention No. 182.

  2. Palau ratifies Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention

    04 March 2019

    Palau is the 183rd Member State to have ratified Convention No. 182

February 2019

  1. Panama accepts the 1986 Constitutional Amendment

    25 February 2019

September 2018

  1. Cook Islands ratifies two ILO Conventions

    21 September 2018

    The Government of Cook Islands has deposited with the International Labour Office the instruments of ratification for two ILO Conventions: C144 on the Tripartite Consultation (International Labour Standards) and C182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour, which have now been formally registered

  2. Fiji adopts a National Employment Policy

    03 September 2018

    The NEP is an overarching framework that sets the stage for a coherent and integrated vision to balance productivity, employment creation, social protection and sustainability.

August 2018

  1. International labour standards and reporting training for Pacific Island Countries

    23 August 2018

    Tripartite regional workshop on International Labour Standards (ILS) and reporting obligations for Pacific Island Countries

  2. Promoting Youth Entrepreneurship for International Youth Day in Samoa

    12 August 2018

    Young Entrepreneurs Chamber (YEC) Samoa made its first debut engagement with the wider public at the national youth week celebrations to mark International Youth Day 2018.

July 2018

  1. New ILO-SPREP partnership to promote green jobs as a driver of sustainable development in the Pacific

    26 July 2018