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The latest news on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the world of work and the responses of governments, workers’ and employers’ organizations.

September 2021

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    21st Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labour

    ILO warns of a recovery with high unemployment and worrying informality in Latin America and the Caribbean

    24 September 2021

    At the Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labour, the Director-General of the ILO said that it is necessary to move towards a sustainable and resilient inclusive recovery in the face of a pandemic that “has brought the world of work to its knees”.

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    Trade unions take actions to promote gender-balanced workplace for SMEs

    24 September 2021

    The ILO’s SCORE Programme in Indonesia collaborated with trade union confederations, through a series of gender equality trainings, to assist Indonesian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in creating equal opportunities for women and men at work.

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    A young entrepreneur builds an innovative business from traditional food

    23 September 2021

    As part of the joint UN programme, the ILO provides an entrepreneurship training to help youth and other vulnerable groups to build and improve their businesses in the midst of pandemic.

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    ILO calls for action on social protection and jobs at the UN General Assembly

    21 September 2021

    A human-centred recovery from the COVID-19 crisis on the ILO agenda at the 76th UN General Assembly in New York.

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    Decent work, clean and safe water for indigenous peoples of Rifao, Upi, Maguindanao

    21 September 2021

    Through community contracting and employing local resource-based approaches (LRB), the project maximized the use of local resources while respecting traditions and considering the environment in all aspects of the implementation.

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    Protect and manage mental health at workplace in time of COVID-19

    15 September 2021

    Work arrangements and conditions have changed considerably due to the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing new psychosocial challenges for the health and well-being of workers. The ILO’s Technical Officer, Grace Monica Halim, shared her insights on actions to address this problem.

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    Smart working to maintain workers’ mental health for business continuity in time of the pandemic

    13 September 2021

    Smart working is the right option for workers and companies. A strategy at the company level should be prepared to maintain workers’ mental health for improved productivity and sustainable business during the pandemic.

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    Latin America and the Caribbean face an insufficient labour market recovery with a predominance of informal jobs

    08 September 2021

    Around 70 per cent of the jobs created in recent months in a group of Latin American countries are in informal conditions. Meanwhile, unemployment and the decline in labour force participation are persistent. The International Labour Organization (ILO) calls for action to face the unequal impact of the crisis with more and better jobs.

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    Relief provided to 4,500 return migrant workers in Lao People’s Democratic Republic

    07 September 2021

    The Lao Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare will distribute urgently needed food, hygiene items and information about local employment opportunities to returning migrant workers at quarantine centres, with the support of the International Labour Organization, European Union and Australian Government.

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    ILO-Ministry of Manpower launch a Guideline for Labour Inspection in Time of Pandemic

    07 September 2021

    The ILO and the Ministry of Manpower jointly develop and launch a Guideline for Labour Inspection in Time of Pandemic to optimize the performance of labour inspectors and to ensure labour compliance as part of the COVID-19 prevention at workplaces.

  11. World Social Protection Report 2020-22

    Social protection at the crossroads: in pursuit of a better future

    02 September 2021

    The World Social Protection Report 2020-2022 provides a global overview of progress made around the world over the past decade in extending social protection and building rights-based social protection systems, including during the COVID-19 period.

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    World Social Protection Report 2020-22

    More than 4 billion people still lack any social protection, ILO report finds

    01 September 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed and exacerbated the social protection gap between countries with high and low income levels.

  13. Our impact, their voices

    Transgender entrepreneurs build businesses in Indonesia

    01 September 2021

    Coaching is helping transgender people in Indonesia overcome discrimination and make a success of their small businesses.

August 2021

  1. Informal Economy

    120 informal sector entrepreneurs in south Santo (Vanuatu) access business and technical training

    31 August 2021

    Since 2020, the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) economic empowerment work in Vanuatu has been amplified by the UN Informal Economies Recovery Project. With the support from the project, the Vanuatu team has been able to extend its reach and to fund seeds and agricultural tools distribution.

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    Tevita Tobeyaweni – Entrepreneur’s Journey (FIJI)

    31 August 2021

    Tevita Tobeyaweni is a dancer-choreographer and the founder of MATA Dance Crew in Fiji. He takes us through his journey as a growing entrepreneur.