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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.

April 2021

  1. Our impact, their voices

    Local communities benefiting from market linkages to agro-forestry areas in Timor-Leste

    14 April 2021

    The rural road project has benefited local communities, providing better access to markets, farms, public health, education and community services.

  2. Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank

    COVID-19 strategies must invest in human-centred recovery, ILO tells World Bank/IMF

    09 April 2021

    Economic and social recovery from the pandemic will require policies that promote decent work, address poverty and inequalities, and encourage a green recovery, the ILO’s Director-General has said in statements to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund’s Spring Meetings.

  3. News

    Building resilience and COVID-19 recovery for Lao PDR’s micro, small and medium enterprises

    08 April 2021

    As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ILO with funding from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation launches new project promoting resilience and recovery of Lao PDR’s micro, small and medium enterprises.

  4. Women in STEM

    Mentorship to encourage more female youth entering STEM sectors

    07 April 2021

    The ILO applies a mentorship programme in its training programme to encourage more female students enter and participate in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related sectors.

  5. COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    Protect the mental health of health and care workers in the COVID-19 pandemic

    07 April 2021

    Health and care workers have been at the forefront of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic for more than a year. It has resulted in heavier workloads and longer working hours, with insufficient time for rest and recuperation while continuously being exposed to the risk of infection. In addition, many face violence, harassment and stigmatization as they try to do their jobs. All this is taking a toll on health workers’ mental health and wellbeing.

  6. International Day of Girls in ICT

    From 9-5 to web development: Honey Sta Ana's story

    01 April 2021

    More women are finding exciting career opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering Mathematics (STEM) related occupations. In the Philippines, the J.P. Morgan-supported ILO Women in STEM programme has provided technical skills and job readiness skills training for women to pursue careers in information technology.

March 2021

  1. News

    New ILO report on global employment policy tackles crisis challenges, charts path to hope and relief for millions of people

    31 March 2021

    A new ILO report, the “Global Employment Policy Review: Employment Policies for Inclusive Structural Transformation” examines current and persistent challenges in the labour market and provides a blueprint for forging new and innovative solutions to policy design and implementation, both during the current crisis and beyond.

  2. Press release

    Japan and ILO to support environmental and socio-economic resilience of Sudan

    31 March 2021

    The Government of Japan has contributed US$ 1.9 million to the ILO’s dual response to recent flooding and the COVID-19 pandemic in Khartoum, Sudan.

  3. Video

    Celebrity voices, true stories of modern slavery

    31 March 2021

    More than 50 countries have now ratified the ILO Forced Labour Protocol, meeting the target set for the 50 for Freedom campaign, which urges governments to take action on forced labour. Since the campaign was launched, a number of celebrity advocates have told the harrowing stories of people trapped in modern slavery in order to raise awareness of the issue. Listen to some of their stories.

  4. © ILO 2021

    GB roundup

    ILO Governing Body concludes its 341st session

    30 March 2021

    The March 2021 session of the ILO Governing Body ended on 27 March. ILO News discussed the key elements with Juan Llobera, Clerk of the Governing Body.

  5. COVID-19: Promoting skills development

    ICT jobs are in demand and for everyone

    30 March 2021

    With a growing transformation of digitalization in Indonesia, everybody can enter the promising ICT sector. Having more people joining the digital workforce, it will bring positive impact to the national economy that benefits both industry and workers.

  6. Press release

    Lanao del Sur launches biggest water system with ILO, Japan, MOLE

    30 March 2021

    A new water system built by community members under the ILO Japan Water and Sanitation Project connects six villages in Lanao del Sur to provide clean and safe water, promote decent work and contribute to peacebuilding in the Bangsamoro region amid COVID-19.

  7. © Engin Akyurt / Unsplash 2021

    Decent work for all

    How women are being left behind in the quest for decent work for all

    29 March 2021

    The United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals set out a shared vision to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030. Will the pandemic reverse progress in advancing decent work for all as prescribed under Goal 8? It seems likely, at least for women.

  8. © Marc A. Hermann / MTA 2021

    COVID-19 and maritime and air transport

    Seafarers and aircrew need priority COVID-19 vaccination

    26 March 2021

    UN organizations issue joint call for seafarers and aircrew to be prioritized for COVID-19 vaccination.

  9. Press release

    UN Philippines rallies behind govt's Jobs Summit to address record-high unemployment

    26 March 2021

    UN Philippines commits support for Government to address Philippine unemployment which, at 10.4 per cent, is the highest the country has seen in 15 years.