COVID-19 and the world of work

United Nations response

  1. Keynote speech - Building an inclusive, sustainable and resilient future through social protection and decent jobs

    23 May 2022

    Text of the keynote speech delivered by Ms. Michiko Miyamoto, Director of the ILO Country office for Indonesia and Timor-Leste, at the technical session "Mechanisms for strengthening social protection and local recovery"

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    Incentivizing collaboration towards the health-related Sustainable Development Goals

    19 May 2022

    Progress on achieving the health-related targets of the Sustainable Development Goals is lagging, and greater multilateral collaboration, as spelt out in the SDG3 Global Action Plan, is needed, according to a new report.

  3. Far-reaching action needed to end child labour

    16 May 2022

    Delegates at the 5th Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labour unite in calling for more to be done to end child labour

  4. Gender equality through improved labour standards compliance in the Philippines

    04 April 2022

    A dialogue on gender equality and labour standards highlighted the need to strengthen efforts to promote rights at work and improve working conditions for women through social dialogue to ensure compliance with general labour standards, including occupational safety and health, and access to social protection and other existing programmes and services.

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    COVID-19 and the Sustainable Development Goals: Reversing progress towards decent work for all

    21 March 2022

    The pandemic wreaked havoc on people’s lives and societies, but how far did it set the global community back in reaching the SDG targets related to decent work and economic growth?

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    Efforts to limit the effects of Omicron on seafarers must be scaled up, UN agencies say

    28 February 2022

    Access to vaccines, COVID tests, health documents and personal protective equipment (PPE) must be improved, say ILO, IMO, UNCTAD and WHO.

  7. Joint statement urging continued collaboration to address the crew change crisis, safeguard seafarer health and safety, and avoid supply chain disruptions during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

    28 February 2022

  8. ILO-WHO step up collaboration to address health emergencies and promote healthier and safer working populations

    23 February 2022

    In a joint communiqué WHO and ILO acknowledge the need for and commit to strengthen the cooperation between the health sector and the institutions of the world of work to address more effectively the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, protect all workers from occupational injuries and diseases, and prepare workplaces for future public health emergencies.

  9. ILO and UNDP partner to accelerate job creation and social protection and to foster pathways to formality

    23 February 2022

    Decent work creation, universal and adequate social protection and advancing formalization feature prominently in the Global Call to Action for a Human-centred Recovery. In a joint statement UNDP and ILO commit to collaborate to develop a common roadmap for the Global Accelerator on Jobs and Social Protection, including with other UN entities, and launch and implement the joint Global Initiative on Fostering Pathways to Formality.

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    Global Forum for a Human-centred Recovery

    Organized by the ILO from 22-24 February, the Global Forum for a Human-centred Recovery brought together online heads of State and Government, heads of international organizations and multilateral development banks, and employers’ and workers’ leaders from around the world to propose concrete actions and strengthen the international community’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.

  11. ILO, ECOP partner for responsible labour practices in rural sectors

    15 February 2022

    The ILO and ECOP bring together businesses in rural sectors of agriculture, fishing and mining to promote compliance on labour standards, occupational safety and health (OSH) and gender equality.

  12. 12th Academy on Social and Solidarity Economy - Plenary Session 6: Localizing Sustainable Development Goals: SSE as trigger of Local Economic Development

    12 January 2022

  13. Why inequality is in the spotlight at the International Labour Conference

    23 November 2021

    Inequality is on the agenda of the second segment of the 109th International Labour Conference. It’s an issue that’s been at the heart of the ILO mandate since it was founded. So why is it being examined now? How can the world of work help reduce inequalities? And what’s the aim of the discussion?

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    ILO welcomes G20 endorsement of human-centred approach to COVID-19 recovery

    31 October 2021

    Include needs of working people and labour markets in pandemic recovery plans, ILO Director-General tells G20 leaders.

  15. ILO calls for global solidarity to build peaceful and sustainable future

    22 October 2021

    The world is faced by its biggest crises since the United Nations was established in 1945. A global pandemic and a climate emergency. It is humanity’s common agenda to address both and secure a resilient recovery for people and planet. Ahead of COP26, the ILO calls on all countries to work together for a more equitable, peaceful and sustainable future.

  16. Labour productivity trends in Asia and the Pacific highlight uneven COVID-19 impacts

    18 October 2021

    Enhanced labour productivity is key to boost living standards and is prioritized in the Sustainable Development Goals. In Asia and the Pacific, growth in labour productivity has been instrumental in reducing poverty in recent decades.

  17. We must learn the lessons of the pandemic

    28 September 2021

    Countries must act now to stimulate an inclusive, sustainable and resilient recovery, said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder at a high-level event on ‘Jobs and social protection for poverty eradication’ at the UN General Assembly in New York.

  18. UN Secretary-General’s Policy Brief: Investing in Jobs and Social Protection for Poverty Eradication and a Sustainable Recovery

    28 September 2021

  19. ILO calls for action on social protection and jobs at the UN General Assembly

    21 September 2021

    A human-centred recovery from the COVID-19 crisis on the ILO agenda at the 76th UN General Assembly in New York.

  20. ILO, USDOL launch new project to support rural workers

    11 August 2021

    Men and women rural workers will benefit from a new ILO, USDOL partnership to support COVID-19 recovery through decent work, and improve health and safety at work, gender equality and labour law compliance in agriculture, fishing and mining in the Philippines.