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December 2005

  1. Publication

    Jobs and the millennium generation: Working out of poverty

    01 December 2005

    At the recent World Summit of the UN General Assembly, over 150 Heads of State approved a historic Outcome Document stating: "We strongly support fair globalization and resolve to make the goal of full and productive employment and decent work for all... a central objective." This represents important worldwide support at the highest level for the ILO's Decent Work Agenda as a prime motivator in poverty reduction under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and should serve as a guiding force for national and international development policies. In the article below, ILO Director-General Juan Somavia provides a new agenda for tackling poverty and creating jobs. In the series of articles that follow, World of Work reviews some significant efforts by the ILO in this regard.

  2. Publication

    Hurricane force: As experts debate global job safety, nature provides a lesson in the unexpected

    01 December 2005

    In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, tens of thousands of rescue workers faced life-threatening dangers while trying to save the sick and stranded in the US Gulf Coast region. The natural disaster provided an object lesson for safety experts in Orlando at the XVIIth World Congress on Safety and Health at Work while they took on the larger issue of work-related accidents and illnesses worldwide, a growing problem the ILO says can be solved. ILO's Katherine Lomasney reports.

  3. Publication

    Taking root: The revival of cooperatives in Ethiopia

    01 December 2005

    Not all stories coming from Ethiopia are tales of tragedy. Here is one of them. Although the economy was ruined and the cooperative idea discredited by 14 years of communist rule in the country, the ILO succeeded in cultivating a cooperative renaissance. Sam Mshiu reports from Addis Ababa, where the ILO recently established its Regional Office for Africa.

November 2005

  1. Video

    Visit of former US President Bill Clinton to Banda Aceh, Indonesia

    30 November 2005

    Former US President Bill Clinton visited several projects run by various agencies of the UN, and spoke briefly with Peter Rademaker of the ILO Jakarata office about the ILO’s employment center and other projects in Banda Aceh.

  2. Article

    World AIDS Day: HIV/AIDS & work in a globalizing world

    30 November 2005

    The theme of World AIDS Day 2005 is "Stop AIDS - keep the promise" - of the international community to control the epidemic and help those affected. As current chair of the UNAIDS Committee of Cosponsoring Organizations, the ILO is marking this day by focusing on workplace action in the community at large and in the UN. Odile Frank, ScD, Senior Research and Policy Adviser and Head, Research and Policy Analysis Unit of the ILO Global Programme on HIV/AIDS and the World of Work recently completed a new study on "HIV/AIDS and work in a globalizing world" and gave this interview to ILO Online.

  3. Article

    Girls for sale: Preventing trafficking within China

    25 November 2005

    An estimated 94 million Chinese farmers migrated for work in 2002. The influx of such huge numbers of rural surplus labourers has created opportunities for those seeking to exploit the most vulnerable, i.e. children and young women. In April 2004, the Chinese authorities and the ILO International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) started a new project to prevent trafficking in children and youth for labour exploitation. Hans van de Glind, Chief technical advisor of the project, sent ILO online the following report.

  4. Article

    Digital tachographs and Optalert: Managing fatigue in road transport

    08 November 2005

    We live in a world where goods and services are expected to be available when and where the customer wants them. While most of the time these expectations are met, they also come at a cost. One of these costs is human fatigue, now recognized as being the main cause of accidents in the transport industry worldwide. Although it cannot always be avoided, fatigue can be better managed, says a new report of the ILO's Sectoral Activities Branch.

  5. Statement

    Forced Labour And Human Trafficking: The Challenges Ahead by Roger Plant, Vienna, November 2005

    07 November 2005

    Presentation to OSCE High-Level Conference, “Human Trafficking for Labour Exploitation on Forced and Bonded Labour”, Vienna, 7-8 November 2005

  6. Article

    Managing labour migration: Turkey and the European Union

    04 November 2005

    ANKARA (ILO Online) - Labour migration from Turkey to the member States of the European Union (EU) is one of the main issues in the long-delayed talks between the Turkish government and the EU that started on 3 October. While critics of Turkey's EU bid raise the spectre of unrestricted labour migration from a country of 72 million people, supporters say taking in Turkey, with its young labour force, will boost Europe's economy and offset the effects of its rapidly ageing population. Managing labour migration was also at the centre of a tripartite meeting of experts to be held on 31 October - 2 November at ILO headquarters in Geneva. The meeting reviewed the draft of the ILO Multilateral Framework on Labour Migration, prior to its submission to the ILO Governing Body in March 2006. ILO Online spoke with Gülay Aslantepe, Director of the ILO Office in Ankara, and Patrick Taran from the ILO International Migration Branch.

  7. Publication

    AIDS increasing costs to companies in India - the ILO Study

    01 November 2005