ILO's Director-General: News and press releases

January 2017

  1. Blog - World Economic Forum, Davos 2017

    How to make globalization work for everyone

    20 January 2017

    ILO head sees global political developments of the last few months as a revolt of the dispossessed, of people – workers – who feel they haven’t benefited from globalization.

December 2016

  1. Press release

    ILO Director-General calls on Nepal to promote domestic employment, fair migration and social dialogue

    14 December 2016

    "Labour policies should recognize the needs of all groups to access skills and decent work opportunities," said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  2. 16th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting

    What kind of world do you want to live in?

    06 December 2016

    “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development offers us a chance to transform the future of work so that it is inclusive, decent and equitable,” said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in an Op-ed published in Asia as hundreds of workers', employers’ and governments’ representatives gather at the 16th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting.

November 2016

  1. Press release

    Guy Ryder re-elected as ILO Director-General for a second term

    07 November 2016

    Guy Ryder has been re-elected by the Governing Body of the ILO for another five-year term that will start officially on 1 October 2017.

  2. © Fethi Belaid / AFP 2017

    Global South-South Development Expo 2016

    South-South Cooperation: ILO Solution Forum to focus on governance of work

    01 November 2016

    ILO Forum during the Global South-South Expo in Dubai will showcase good governance practices in the world of work.

October 2016

  1. Social Protection

    Global Business Network meets to promote social protection floors

    25 October 2016

    ILO Director-General highlights the role of business in further developing social protection floors and achieving sustainable development goals on social protection.

  2. © M. Elshamy / Anadolu Agency 2017

    Press release

    ILO warmly welcomes next United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres

    14 October 2016

    ILO Director-General congratulates António Guterres on his appointment as UN Secretary-General.

  3. © Daniel Garzon/AFP 2017

    Nobel Peace Prize

    ILO Director-General welcomes Nobel Peace Prize for Colombian President Santos

    08 October 2016

  4. News

    Guy Ryder says decent work key to reducing poverty, inequality and breaking out of the slow growth trap

    07 October 2016

    In statements to the International Monetary and Financial Committee and the World Bank Development Committee in Washington, the head of the ILO noted that against the backdrop of slowing growth, the outlook for labour markets remains troubled and likely to worsen.

September 2016

  1. Meeting of the BRICS Labour and Employment Ministers

    Guy Ryder welcomes BRICS countries’ will to boost growth and decent work

    28 September 2016

    Guy Ryder highlights the major contribution BRICS countries can make to foster strong, sustainable and inclusive growth.

  2. Peace agreement in Colombia

    Director-General of the ILO attends signing of peace agreement in Colombia

    21 September 2016

    Guy Ryder confirmed his presence in Cartagena on September 26 to sign the document which seeks to end more than five decades of armed conflict.

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    Press release

    ILO Director-General: China charts the future of work

    06 September 2016

    China is “shaping its own future”, Guy Ryder tells delegates to the first national dialogue on the future of work, but profound challenges lie ahead for the country, and for the planet.

  4. © Marc Veraart 2017

    Press release

    Universal social protection already a reality in many developing countries

    06 September 2016

    At a high level conference on universal social protection ILO Director-General Guy Ryder has told delegates that: “In 2016, a lack of social protection is completely unacceptable. This has to change, and this can change.”

  5. © Mehmet Kaman / Anadolu Agency 2017

    G20 Summit

    ILO head welcomes G20 commitment to tackle inequality and jobs deficits

    05 September 2016

    Speaking at the G20 Summit Guy Ryder has urged leaders to accelerate inclusive development to respond to growing employment and equality challenges.

July 2016

  1. Beijing meeting

    ILO Director-General calls for labour market policies supporting both demand and recovery

    22 July 2016

    At a meeting hosted by the Chinese Prime Minister with the heads of several international organizations, Guy Ryder highlighted the need to boost labour incomes and household consumption.

  2. G20 Labour Ministers meeting

    G20 Labour and Employment Ministers act to advance decent work

    13 July 2016

    G20 labour ministers’ Beijing Declaration stresses that “productive employment and decent work are the foundation of the livelihoods of people across the world”.

  3. G20 Labour Ministers meeting

    ILO Director-General to G20: “Persistent slow growth weakening the outlook for jobs and wages”

    12 July 2016

    In a briefing to G20 Labour and Employment ministries meeting in China, Guy Ryder has raised concerns that poor prospects for economic growth risk becoming entrenched.

  4. Future of Work

    Listen: Guy Ryder's special address to India on how the world of work is undergoing a major process of change

    11 July 2016

    Delivering a special address at a ‘National Tripartite Dialogue on Future of Work: Challenges and Opportunities’ organized by FICCI in partnership with the International Labour Organization, the ILO's Director-General Guy Ryder said that as the world of work was undergoing a major process of change.

June 2016

  1. © Herald Post 2017

    5th anniversary of ILO Convention No 189

    Who cares for the carers?

    16 June 2016

    On International Domestic Workers’ Day, some good news on protecting vulnerable workers in the home - An OP-ED on the Domestic Workers Convention by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General.

May 2016

  1. World Humanitarian Summit 2016

    Event highlights decent work in addressing Syrian refugee crisis

    25 May 2016

    A high-level ILO side event held in Istanbul underlines the role of decent work in addressing the Syrian refugee crisis.