Cambodia: UN agency urges dialogue to resolve labour dispute in Special Economic Zones

The United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) today called on Cambodian workers, trade unions, Government and employers to engage in dialogue to resolve a confrontation in the Special Economic Zones in Bavet City and enable a return to work.

Two billion move out of extreme poverty over 25 years – UN flagship development report

Some two billion people have moved out of low human development levels in the last 25 years but in order to secure these gains and galvanize progress, a stronger focus to “act now” to provide decent work is needed, according to the new United Nations Human Development Report released today.

With new ratification, UN protocol on ending modern slavery edges closer to entry into force

With the ratification by Norway, following a similar action by Niger, of the International Labour Organization (ILO) protocol on forced labour, a significant step has been taken towards ending the scourge, as the agency’s binding instruments generally provide that an adopted protocol only comes into force 12 months after being ratified by two member States.

World must prioritize social protection as primary development tool, urge UN and World Bank

Now it is time for universal social protection to ensure no one is left behind, the heads of the International Labour Organization and the World Bank declared today, noting that universal primary education became a Millennium Development Goal (MDG) in 2000, and 12 years later, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution endorsing universal health coverage.

Climate change linked to increased child labour

The link between climate change and increased child trafficking and forced labour was in the spotlight at a special summit hosted by the 104th International Labour Conference in Geneva.

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US$100bn needed to ensure climate talks succeed

Key climate change talks in Paris are bound to fail unless US$100 billion is found to make an agreement happen, President Francois Hollande of France said Friday.

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Delegates’ hopes at the 104th International Labour Conference

Many delegates attending the 104th International Labour Conference are hopeful that it will help improve conditions for workers around the world.

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Labour experts focus on boosting small businesses

Labour experts from around the world are spending the next two weeks focusing on how to boost the success of small and medium-sized enterprises or SMEs.

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Employment changes most profound in modern economic history

Changes in the way people are employed are the most profound ever seen in  modern economic history according to a new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

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Mothers and children need more – not less – social protection, says UN labour agency

Calling for greater “social protection” for women as the United Nations draws up a new development agenda, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has cited alarming statics, including that some 800 women die in child birth every day, only 28 per cent of employed women receive cash benefits during their maternity leave, and that child poverty is rising in 18 of 28 countries in the European Union.