Working to reach the MDGs: Some highlights of ILO activities and impactWant to find out more about how the ILO works with the MDGs? Take a look at this slideshow which illustrates - through words and photos - how the ILO's work has benefited women, men and their families all over the world.
In Peru, the youth employment action plan (2009-2012) developed by the government with technical support from the ILO has assisted more than 260,000 disadvantaged young women and men in finding a job.
As a result of the Tackling Child Labour Through Education (TACKLE) project more than 11,000 girls and boys in Zambia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Jamaica and Fiji have been taken out of or prevented from entering into the worst forms of child labour by offering alternate education opportunities.
Since it was launched in 2002, the ILO’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Development (WED) programme has reached more than 125,000 beneficiaries, mainly in Eastern and Southern Africa and East Asia.
Since 2007 the ILO has worked with other agencies to link maternity protection at work to MDGs 3, 4 and 5 as part of the UN’s efforts to accelerate the attainment of the MDGs. As a result, in 2008 the ratification of Convention No. 183 was included among the indicators of the global “Countdown to 2015” monitoring effort.
The ILO has assisted more than 20 countries in ensuring maternity benefits. For instance, in Jordan, the ILO has carried out an actuarial validation for the maternity scheme set up in 2011, which now gives insured women the right to paid maternity leave – at 100 per cent of their earnings – for up to 10 weeks.
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An ILO-UNEP project in Viet Nam, where 1,722 farmers were trained in planting, cultivation and harvesting, increased the availability of seedlings for 478 farmers through nursery gardens and demonstration areas. Each household reported an additional income of approximately VND 600,000 per month as a result of the project.
Over the past 15 years, the ILO has signed almost 250 public-private partnerships representing about USD 70 million in funding. Today, partnerships with companies have been on the increase and now cover a wider range of decent work themes, which shows a broad acceptance of decent work as a global development goal.
Development through jobs
Full and productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young people, is one of the most effective routes out of poverty.
2030 Development Agenda
2030 Sustainable Development Agenda
The ILO has called for jobs and livelihoods to be at the heart of the development agenda after the target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) passes in 2015.