ILO's Director-General: News and press releases

June 2017

  1. 106th International Labour Conference

    The World of Work must go green

    05 June 2017

    “We need the right policies to make the transition happen and to make it just,” said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder at the opening session of the 106th International Labour Conference.

  2. ILC Radio Round-up

    Audio - “Decent jobs of the future will not be green by definition but by design”, says Ryder

    05 June 2017

    The 106th International Labour Conference opened Monday with a clear call by the ILO Director-General Guy Ryder to put green jobs at the heart of sustainable development. The International Labour Conference - also known as the Parliament of the World of Work – is hosted by the International Labour Organization and this year’s ambitious agenda include green jobs, labour migration, transition to peace and Fundamental principles and rights at work.

May 2017

  1. © Tbass Effendi 2017

    Occupied Arab territories

    ILO calls for urgent action to provide decent work for Palestinian workers

    31 May 2017

    Five decades of occupation have created pervasive unemployment and a fragmented and ineffective labour market in the occupied Arab territories, rendering the reactivation of the peace process an urgent necessity, an ILO annual report says.

  2. © BMAS/Lein 2017

    G20 Labour and Employment Ministers Meeting

    G20 agrees on policies to shape the future of work for inclusive growth and development

    19 May 2017

    Ministers adopted policy recommendations on skills development, social protection and working conditions for countries to shape a future that works for people around the globe.

  3. The ILO and the Olympic and Paralympic Games

    Tokyo 2020 and the ILO agree unique partnership to promote Decent Work

    12 May 2017

    The Organizing Committee and the UN Agency for the world of work will sign an agreement to promote socially responsible labour practices among the delivery partners of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.

April 2017

  1. Multilateral cooperation

    Joint press release by German Federal Chancellor, ILO, OECD, WTO, IMF and World Bank

    10 April 2017

    Joint press release by Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder and WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo on the occasion of their meeting in Berlin on 10 April 2017.

  2. Global Dialogue on the Future of Work We Want

    ILO says social dialogue key to shaping the future of work we want

    07 April 2017

    ILO Director-General calls on global leaders to shape a future of work inspired by considerations of humanity, of social justice and peace.

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.

  3. © Gao feng / Imaginechina 2017

    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.”