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.

March 2016

  1. Maximising employment and social protection outcomes in crisis response programmes

    04 March 2016

    Tropical Cyclone Winston

February 2016

  1. Kingdom of Tonga becomes 187th ILO member State

    25 February 2016

October 2015

  1. Career Counselling critical for informed career choices for youths

    20 October 2015

    A training course run by ILO to establish a group of local career counsellors who could train others and/or provide direct counselling to young people, who want to seek waged and self-employment in Solomon Islands

  2. A young entrepreneur making use of her abilities

    20 October 2015

    Solomon Islands young disabled persons entrepreneurship success story by Youth@work

  3. Building skills for senior Papua New Guinea OSH inspectors

    02 October 2015

    A training programme was developed in response to an assessment of current and future needs to implement legislative responsibilities and provide a platform for building the skills of the Inspectorate

  4. Implementation of the OSH Bill - Papua New Guinea

    02 October 2015

    The Department of Labour and Industrial Relations, with technical support from the Fiji Government has been developing an OSH Bill to substantially update the existing legal framework and provide for improved compliance with International Labour Standards.

September 2015

  1. Film highlighting climate change and migration launched

    30 September 2015

    “The Land Beyond the Horizon” captures the stories of Pacific islanders whose lands and livelihoods are threatened by climate change, as well as those who have had to relocate to other countries, and discusses the impacts on their lives, cultures, languages and traditions.

  2. Trade Union supports disenfranchised workers after Pam

    04 September 2015

    A programme is underway to build the institutional capacity of the Vanuatu Council of Trade Unions (VCTU) and support formal sector workers who lost jobs due to cyclone Pam.

August 2015

  1. New Package of Labour and Occupational Safety and Health Law Passed in Kiribati

    31 August 2015

    New labour legislation passed in Kiribati in August has significantly raised the profile of international labour standards and made major changes to the governance of labour relations in the country.

  2. Vanuatu Trade Unions: Building Back Better

    19 August 2015

    Members of the Vanuatu Council of Trade Unions (VCTU) participated in workshop facilitated by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and funded by the Government of Japan, through the Social Safety Net Project.

  3. ILO partner to advance youth employment through green jobs in green works

    17 August 2015

    A partnership between the International Labour Organization and the Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment Samoa has officially commenced work on exploring youth employment opportunities within the climate change and environment sector.

  4. Promoting decent work for older out-of-school children in or at risk of child labour

    06 August 2015

    The ILO Office for Pacific Island Countries in conjunction with the International Training Centre for the ILO (ITC-ILO) conducted a Sub-Regional Skills and Livelihood Training for Older Out-Of-School Children in Child Labour or At Risk in the Pacific from the 27th to 31st July, 2015 in Nadi Fiji.

June 2015

  1. ILO Pacific Office and UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office Celebrate Anniversary of the Adoption of the Domestic Workers Convention

    16 June 2015

    Today marks the fourth anniversary of the adoption of the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189) and Recommendation No. 201. These new standards, adopted in June 2011, are a strong recognition of the economic and social value of domestic work and a call for action to address the existing exclusions of domestic workers from labour and social protection.

  2. Cook Islands become 186th ILO member State

    12 June 2015

  3. Vanuatu Department of Labour launches Employment Services Vanuatu (ESV) and calls on registrations

    03 June 2015

    The three month pilot will focus on Shefa province and is designed to provide services to formal sector employees who lost jobs as a result of cyclone Pam and want to return to the workforce, including unemployed young people who are seeking career counselling, training and jobs.

  4. ILO conduct specialized training for gravel road construction in Vanuatu

    02 June 2015

    A unique approach to gravel road construction and maintenance was the focus of a two week specialized training for 23 local staff of the Island Based Contractors (IBC) and the Public Works Department (PWD) from Tanna, Vanuatu last week.

May 2015

  1. EU, ILO and ESCAP launch first ever labour Migration Statistics Guide for the Pacific Region

    29 May 2015

    The guide explains key concepts relevant to international labour migration statistics and makes concrete recommendations on how Pacific Island countries can move towards a harmonized system for collection and analysis of timely, accurate and relevant migration statistics.

  2. EU and UN Partner to Support Kiribati, Tuvalu and Nauru on Labour Migration Research

    27 May 2015

    Representatives from Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu are gaining the skills needed to tap into decent foreign employment opportunities at a workshop on Foreign Employment Research and Promotion which opened in Suva today. The three-day workshop is funded by the European Union through the Pacific Climate Change and Migration (PCCM) project.

  3. Vanuatu Department of Labour- Recovery phase of Cyclone Pam must achieve maximum employment outcomes

    08 May 2015

    The Government of Vanuatu, through the Department of Labour (DoL) convened a “National Dialogue on Designing and Implementing Emergency Employment & Livelihoods Programmes”.

  4. Preparedness for SME’s important to reduce loss of income during crisis

    08 May 2015

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) conducted a training for business trainers in Vanuatu on Business Continuity Plans (BCP).