News, articles and statements

October 2020

  1. News

    Call to Action Progresses at the National Level (October 2020)

    21 October 2020

  2. © Fahad Abdullah Kaizer/UN Women 2020

    Garment sector in Asia and the Pacific

    Asia-Pacific garment industry suffers as COVID-19 impact ripples through supply chain

    21 October 2020

    Collapsing consumer demand, government lockdown measures and disruptions to raw material imports have taken their toll on the Asia Pacific garment industry, says a new ILO report.

  3. Virtual Launch of the 2020 Global Deal Flagship Report

    Social dialogue can help create effective skills development and lifelong learning policies

    20 October 2020

    Through social dialogue, the actors in the labour market – employers, workers, and government- can play an essential role in mitigating the impact of the pandemic on education and training, says the Director-General, Guy Ryder at the Virtual Launch of the 2020 Global Deal Flagship Report ‘Social Dialogue, Skills, and COVID-19’

  4. World Statistics Day

    Building better gender data for the future

    20 October 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare not only inequalities in the world of work, including between women and men, but it has also further emphasised the gender data gaps that hamper our understanding of the depth, nature and evolution of those inequalities.

  5. Media advisory

    ILO to release new report on the effects of COVID-19 on Asia-Pacific garment supply chains

    19 October 2020

  6. Annual meetings of the IMF and World Bank

    ILO: The world economy needs a new engine of economic recovery

    16 October 2020

    In written statements to the annual meetings of the IMF and the World Bank, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder warned against higher levels of poverty and inequality resulting from the COVID-19 crisis. Highlighting the urgent need for social protection for all, he called for profound structural changes to build back better and faster.

  7. © Annie Spratt 2020

    International Day of Rural Women

    Rural women: Key actors in poverty reduction and food security

    15 October 2020

    Despite playing a major role as farmers, wage earners and entrepreneurs, rural women face gender-based discrimination leading to unpaid work, as well as unequal access to education, healthcare, property, and financial services.

  8. © ILO 2020

    Press release

    Critical gaps in social protection hampering Asia-Pacific region’s resilience to COVID-19

    15 October 2020

    Despite their rapid socioeconomic ascent, most countries in the Asia-Pacific region have weak social protection systems riddled with gaps, says a new report.

  9. COVID-19 pandemic

    Vulnerable workers hardest hit by COVID-19 fallout in fragile Arab states

    13 October 2020

    Assessments show spike in job and income losses and limited financial capacities to deal with the crisis, making it even harder for vulnerable workers to earn a living.

  10. Food security

    Impact of COVID-19 on people’s livelihoods, their health and our food systems

    13 October 2020

    Joint statement by ILO, FAO, IFAD and WHO.

  11. © Axel Fassio / CIFOR 2020


    A better future of work means building it green

    12 October 2020

    Nature can provide some of the best opportunities for creating jobs and stimulating economies, while protecting the planet.

  12. Meeting of BRICS Ministers of Labour and Employment

    International cooperation and solidarity needed to address social and economic impact of COVID-19

    09 October 2020

    Countries need to work together to address labour market impact of COVID-19, said ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, at the opening of the Labour and Employment Ministers meeting of the BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – on 9 October.

  13. © BRICS 2020

    Meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Labour and Employment

    BRICS commitment to jobs, social protection & social dialogue welcomed by ILO

    09 October 2020

    Higher levels of international cooperation and solidarity will be needed to meet the challenge to labour markets posed by COVID-19, says ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder.

  14. © Nenad Stojkovic 2020

    World Mental Health Day

    Let’s talk about mental health in the workplace

    09 October 2020

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, underlines the importance of looking after our mental health at a time when stresses are rising because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  15. News

    ILO COOP provides a special message for the Coop Impact 2020 Conference

    08 October 2020

  16. © G20 2020

    G20 Tourism Ministers’ Meeting

    Tourism can kickstart economic recovery, with the right policy support, ILO Director-General tells G20 Ministers

    07 October 2020

    Tourism can play a critical role in kickstarting the global economy, but special measures to support vulnerable worker groups will be essential, along with social dialogue and effective cross-sectoral policies.

  17. Article

    Qatar issues a National Policy on Occupational Safety and Health to promote the right to safe and healthy workplaces

    07 October 2020

  18. Emergency employment and COVID-19

    ILO, Japan, MOLE provide emergency employment amid COVID-19 in BARMM

    06 October 2020

    The Bangsamoro government, ILO and the Government of Japan will provide emergency employment to workers displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  19. © Phil Roeder 2020

    World Teachers’ Day

    Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future

    05 October 2020

    Joint Statement from Guy Ryder, Director-General of ILO, Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF and David Edwards, General Secretary, Education International

  20. News

    A time for collaboration and partnerships for building more inclusive, resilient and peaceful societies amid the COVID-19 crisis

    02 October 2020