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  1. The UAE introduces voluntary pensions to replace end-of-service indemnities, joining an increasing trend of reforms across the GCC countries

    08 April 2024

    The new scheme has been announced with the intention to increase attractiveness and flexibility of labour markets while consolidating the protection and wellbeing of workers.

  2. Skills fair highlights the importance of modernizing and transforming apprenticeship-based vocational training

    25 March 2024

    A Jordanian delegation led by the ILO in Jordan participated in the Skills Fair on Quality Apprenticeships in Turin, Italy, to strengthen capacities to meet the evolving challenges of the contemporary world of work.


  1. Celebrating International Women’s Day 2024 in Basra, Iraq

    13 March 2024

    On this special day, witness the incredible strides taken by young women in Basra, Iraq, as they embark on a journey of skills development in various sectors, including green skills to pave the way towards accessing decent job opportunities and to enhance their positive role in their communities. The ILO, in collaboration with UN-Habitat Iraq, is implementing training programmes under the EU-funded project "Increasing Access to Employment Opportunities for Vulnerable Urban Population in Basra City in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis,” to support young women in Basra in their journey to better employment opportunities, including self-employment.

  2. Empowering Women Entrepreneurs in Southern Iraq

    08 March 2024

    At the core of entrepreneurship lies empowerment. As the world marks International Women's Day, we witness the determination of women in southern Iraq firsthand, and join them as they celebrate victories, both big and small. Through collaboration and support networks, they equip each other with tools and knowledge while embracing sustainability and eco-friendly practices. This initiative was made possible through funding by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation in Iraq and implementation by the ILO, demonstrating our joint commitment to empowering women and fostering sustainable entrepreneurship in the region.

Statements and speeches

  1. © Nidal Alwaheidi 2024

    ILO Director-General’s statement on the situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

    27 October 2023

    The ILO Director-General has issued a statement on the situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

  2. A time for social justice

    12 September 2023

    In his address at Georgetown University in Qatar ILO Director-General Gilbert Houngbo highlighted the pressing need for global action on social justice amid multiple crises, labour market inequalities, and technological transformations.

Articles and features

  1. Work-Based Learning Programme for vulnerable communities affected by earthquakes in Aleppo, Syria: An Explainer

    08 April 2024

  2. Photo essay: Woman-led cooperative in Jordan expands business and drives local change through cooperative alliances

    08 March 2024

    On International Women's Day, we celebrate the endeavours of Jordan’s Fatima Al-Zahraa Cooperative Society with an in-depth interview featuring its president, Ghada Al-Qudah, and a photo gallery showcasing their activities. Tune in for their inspiring story!