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A quantum leap for gender equality: For a better future of work for all

As part of the ILO’s Women at Work Centenary Initiative, the ILO has produced this report that highlights key gender gaps and obstacles to decent work for women. Read it <a style="color:#167598;" href="">here</a>.

Youth Employment

There are 1.8 billion young people aged 15-29 in the world today. Most have to contend with a precarious labour market, with the prevalence of unemployment, underemployment and informal jobs. If these young people are to successfully transition into adulthood, with secure livelihoods, youth and especially youth employment must be a key priority of the development agenda.

Navigating Indigenous Views

370 million people in over 90 countries identify themselves as being indigenous. They represent humanity in all its diversity but they all have in common the fact that they are the most excluded, discriminated, threatened and often the poorest communities worldwide. The EU is supporting tools and initiatives to understand better indigenous peoples needs in order for them to claim their rights and not be left behind.

Shedding light on invisible workers in east Africa and the DRC

A regional project in five African countries, co funded by the EU and jointly implemented by 14 government and civil society organisations, interviewed 22 000 domestic workers and their employers. Through advocacy campaigns, governments agreed to legalize and integrate millions of domestic workers in accordance with ILO Conventions.

Child Labour in the Cocoa sector: workshop report

In West Africa, more than two million children work in cocoa plantations. The European Commission gathered stakeholders at a workshop and produced a report with presentations, discussions and recommendations that is now available online.

5th African Union-European Union Summit

Every three years, Heads of States and Governments from Africa and the EU meet to take stock of progress made in the implementation of commitments and to provide political guidance for future work. In 2017, the theme of the summit will be ‘investing in youth’.

13th Asia Pacific Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption & Production

The 13th Asia Pacific Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production (13th APRSCP) is themed 'Enabling Sustainable Consumption and Production Towards Achieving Green Growth'. It is co-hosted by the Asia Pacific Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production and ENSEARCH, and will be held on 24-26 October 2017 in Melaka. The 13th APRSCP is endorsed and supported by the Melaka State Government. For registration and more information, please visit the Ensearch website ( or contact Jenny/Nabiha at