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ILO Report: Global Employment Trends 2014

The weak global economic recovery has failed to lead to an improvement in global labour markets, with global unemployment in 2013 reaching almost 202 million, the ILO said in a new report.

The Global Employment Trends 2014 report said employment growth remains weak, unemployment continues to rise, especially among young people, and large numbers of discouraged potential workers are still outside the labour market. Continue reading

Role of tourism in poverty reduction and gender equality

A view of Sveti-Stefin, near Budva on the Adriatic Coast. The old houses have been modernized and converted into a hotel-village in which accommodations are now available for tourists. [July 1969] 01 July 1969 South Adriatic Region, Yugoslavia Photo # 78883Over the past decades, tourism has become a major source of growth and employment around the world and a key driver of poverty reduction. These trends are expected to accelerate during the next decade. According to the latest ILO data, published in a working paper titled International Perspectives on Women and Work in Hotels, Catering and Tourism, the HCT sector accounts for more than 260 million jobs worldwide. Continue reading

A village forced to move by rising seas in Fiji

Simione Botu, from Vunidogoloa (Fiji)The villagers of Vunidogoloa on Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second largest island, know first-hand how climate change can affect their daily lives. Their coastal community has been badly affected by rising seas, erosion and flooding – forcing them to relocate to higher, drier ground. Continue reading

UN labour treaty extends rights for domestic workers

A scene at the Sukarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta. Thousands of women leave their homes in Indonesia to work as domestic workers each year. Photo: IRIN/David SwansonA United Nations treaty entering into force today will extend the labour and social rights of some 53 million domestic workers around the world. From today, the Domestic Workers Convention will be legally binding for signatory countries. The treaty was adopted in 2011 by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and is the first of its kind. Continue reading

Breaking the Silence on Violence against Indigenous Girls, Adolescents and Young Women

One of the participants at the International Day of the World's Indigenous People. The commemoration is being observed with a one hour cultural event. 09 August 2004 United Nations, New YorkViolence against women and girls is a pervasive violation of human rights that persists worldwide and cuts across all socio-economic groups. This new collaborative study aims to provide a deeper understanding of the magnitude, nature and context of violence experienced specifically by indigenous girls, adolescents Continue reading

Pacific Island Countries benefit from ILO Maritime Labour Convention

International Labour Organization logoThe International Labour Organization’s Maritime Labour Convention (MLC, 2006) came into force on 20 August. The Convention is a worker and employer led initiative, specifically developed to achieve the twin goals of ensuring a ‘level playing field’ for ship owners and secure decent work for more than 1.2 million seafarers across the world. Continue reading

ILO calls for additional job creation policies in G20 countries

G20 in Russia logo With structural unemployment still above pre-crisis levels in G20 countries, the ILO has called for broader and more inclusive job creation policies to achieve the G20’s shared goal of strong, sustainable and balanced growth. “I am convinced that more can be done. Experience suggests that high employment levels and Continue reading

Largest meeting on disability issues starts at the UN HQ

A child learning sign language in Madagascar in preparation for admittance to school. Photo: UNICEF/Dia StyvanleyMember States kicked off a three-day meeting at the United Nations in New York today with the aim of finding ways to improve living standards and employment for the more than one billion people worldwide living with disabilities. About 80 per cent of the people with disabilities are of working age and face physical, social, Continue reading