UN forum on healthier and safer workplaces kicks off in Istanbul

The United Nations labour agency has brought together more than 3,000 leaders and experts from over 100 countries to discuss how to ensure a culture of safety and health at work amid the uncertain global economic environment.

Occupational safety a concern in Cambodia's garment factories – UN report

Although compliance by Cambodian exporting garment factories with national and international labour standards is generally good, areas such as discrimination and occupational safety and health remain a concern, according to a new United Nations report.

Some 115 million child labourers globally engaged in hazardous work – UN

More than half of the world’s estimated 215 million child labourers are engaged in hazardous work which puts them risk of injury, illness or death, the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) said in a new report unveiled today.

UN labour agency chief calls for ‘new era of social justice’

The head of the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) today called for “a new era of social justice” in face of unemployment, unfair globalization, turmoil in the workplace and extreme differences between rich and poor.

Prevention the best cure for workplace dangers, senior UN official says

Preventive measures are central to ensuring people worldwide have safer workplaces, the head of the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) said today, stressing the need for better measures given that an estimated 337 million people are injured each year while on the job and more than 2 million others die from mishaps or occupational illnesses.

UN official welcomes US-Brazilian cooperation to promote labour issues

The head of the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) has welcomed an agreement between Brazil and the United States to promote the cooperation of all States in the global efforts to ensure that people have decent employment and that the rights of workers are respected.

Changes under way in Arab nations must lead to decent work, stresses UN agency

As senior Arab officials met today to discuss ways to ensure a more equitable future in their region, the United Nations labour agency stressed that the changes currently under way must meet the concerns of governments, employers and workers for achieving decent work.

Social protection schemes most effective way to combat poverty – UN official

Improving social protection is the most effective way to combat poverty in developing countries, a United Nations official said today, adding that poorer nations are coming up with innovative ways to ensure that their citizens have basic social security.

UN pushes for social schemes to protect poor at mere fraction of national wealth

The United Nations began laying the groundwork today for a global “social protection floor” that would guarantee food security, health services for all and old-age pensions, with a senior official stressing that all that is lacking is the political will for an initiative needing minimum investment.