Statements and speeches

2012

  1. "Cooperative enterprises build a better world" - Statement by ILO Director-General

    06 July 2012

    Message by Juan Somavia, Director-General of the ILO, on the occasion of the 90th ICA International Co-operative Day and the 18th UN International Day of Cooperatives.

  2. Message by Juan Somavia Director-General of the ILO on the occasion of World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2012

    25 April 2012

    In his message for the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, celebrated 28 April of each year, the ILO Director General reiterated the need to focus on the promotion of safer and healthier workplaces in the transition to a greener economy.

  3. “A new era of social justice”: Statement by ILO Director General, for World Day of Social Justice 2012

    20 February 2012

    “A new era of social justice”: Statement by Juan Somavia, ILO Director General, On the occasion of World Day of Social Justice- 20 February 2012.

2011

  1. Message by Juan Somavia Director-General of the ILO on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities- 3 December 2011

    01 December 2011

    On this Day the ILO calls for a concerted effort to expand opportunities for decent and productive work for persons with disabilities as one of the most effective channels of inclusive development.

  2. Message by Juan Somavia Director-General of the ILO on the occasion of World AIDS Day -1 December 2011

    28 November 2011

  3. Message by ILO Director-General on the occasion of International Day of Cooperatives

    30 June 2011

  4. ILO Director-General's statement on Bahrain

    20 June 2011

    The Director-General of the ILO condemned the public call by the Joint Committee of Major Companies in Bahrain to the 15 members of the Executive Committee of the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions to resign immediately or to face criminal and civil law prosecution.

  5. Message by Juan Somavia on the occasion of World Day for Safety and Health at Work

    26 April 2011

    On this Day we recall that every year around 337 million people are victims of work accidents and more than 2.3 million people die because of occupational injuries or work-related diseases.

  6. Statement by ILO Director-General on the situation in Egypt

    02 February 2011

    The world has followed with great respect the massive and courageous expressions of the will of the people of Egypt during the events of recent days. In the difficult times ahead it will be of critical importance that the government and all other actors commit to peaceful action to open the way to a new era of social justice in Egypt's proud history.