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January 2006

  1. Article

    Asbestos: the iron grip of latency

    10 January 2006

    The ILO estimates that 100,000 people die each year from work-related asbestos exposure. Asbestos-caused cancers will kill at least 15,000 people in Japan in the next five years, and up to 100,000 people in France over the next 20 to 25 years. In the United States, hundreds of thousands of injury claims have been filed since the 1970s for deaths, cancers and other health problems related to asbestos exposure, bankrupting dozens of U.S. companies. ILO online spoke with Jukka Takala, Director of the ILO InFocus Programme SafeWork.

  2. Article

    Working out of Disaster: Tsunami, one year after

    06 January 2006

    On the morning of 26 December 2004 a massive earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia triggered a series of tsunami waves that struck the coastal regions of Asia and Africa. In Asia, the coastal areas of India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand bore the brunt of the damage. The ILO, together with the governments, employers' and workers' organizations in these four countries has been engaged in its largest-ever income generation and employment creation effort, helping to restore the livelihoods of people affected. To mark the first year after the disaster the ILO has documented the lives of those people affected by the disaster and their efforts to get back to work quickly and rebuild their lives

  3. Publication

    Free trade agreements and labour rights: Recent developments

    01 January 2006

    Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry and Eric Gravel - International Labour Review, Vol. 145 (2006), No. 3

  4. Publication

    The Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations: Progress achieved in national labour legislation

    01 January 2006

    Isabelle Boivin and Alberto Odero - International Labour Review, Vol. 145 (2006), No. 3

December 2005

  1. News

    New impetus for co-ordinated approach to ship recycling through new legally binding instrument Issued jointly by IMO, ILO and the Basel Convention

    15 December 2005

  2. Article

    Social health insurance in developing countries: breaking the poverty - health care link

    13 December 2005

    Every year, some 100 million people worldwide are forced into poverty by health care costs. Last week, more than 200 participants from 40 countries attending the "International Conference on Social Health Insurance in Developing Countries" in Berlin discussed how people can best be protected against financial shocks deriving from illness. It was the first international meeting organized by the ILO, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the German development agency, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), following a 2004 agreement on common activities in the field of social protection. German journalist Anne Sieger reports from Berlin.

  3. News

    UN agencies seek a coordinated approach to ship scrapping

    09 December 2005

  4. Publication

    Poland and the ILO: History, again

    01 December 2005

  5. Publication

    Breaking the chains of poverty through microfinance

    01 December 2005

    The ILO has found microfinance to be an invaluable tool within its programmes in helping to reduce poverty and eliminate child labour and debt bondage. The strategy is to offer financial services like savings and credit, insurance and remittance handling to low-income groups so they are empowered, have more options and do not need to rely on the moneylender any longer. The goal is financial security, a key aspect of decent work.

  6. Publication

    How the ILO contributes to the MDGs: Stories from East Africa

    01 December 2005

    ILO programmes in East Africa are good examples of how decent work combats poverty and contributes to the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Two programmes presented here show the importance of promoting gender equality (MDG 3) at work and youth employment (MDG 8) in order to attain sustainable poverty reduction.