ILO's Director-General: News and press releases

August 2018

  1. News

    ILO Director General on an official visit to Namibia 5-7 August 2018

    06 August 2018

    Mr. Guy Ryder, The ILO Director General, has arrived in Namibia for a three day working visit at the invitation of the Government of Namibia.

  2. Meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Labour and Employment

    ILO head praises BRICS countries’ commitment to social dialogue

    03 August 2018

    Guy Ryder highlights the major contribution BRICS countries can make to social dialogue, social protection, gender equality and youth employment.

May 2018

  1. 107th International Labour Conference

    Opening of the International Labour Conference

    28 May 2018

    The annual International Labour Conference got under way in Geneva today. Opening the conference, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder called for strong action to end violence and harassment at the workplace.

  2. News

    Second Phase of the ILO Project “Partnerships for Youth Employment in the CIS” Takes Off in Astrakhan

    23 May 2018

    On May 22-23, a kick-off conference for the second phase of the ILO Project “Partnerships for Youth Employment in the CIS” launched in Russia was held in Astrakhan.

April 2018

  1. Press release

    Decent Work pledge for Occupied Palestinian Territory

    27 April 2018

    First visit by an ILO Director-General to the Palestinian Territory in two decades aims to consolidate cooperation between the Organization and Palestinian partners.

  2. Olympic Games

    ILO, Tokyo 2020 sign agreement to promote decent work in run-up to the Games

    26 April 2018

    The International Labour Organization and Tokyo 2020 sign an agreement to promote socially responsible labour practices in the run-up to the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in the Japanese capital.

November 2017

  1. Global Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labour

    The international community agrees to redouble efforts to fight against child labour and forced labour

    16 November 2017

    The three-day IV Global Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labour concluded with the adoption of the Buenos Aires Declaration which spells out principles and actions to be taken. During the meeting, delegates presented almost 100 pledges for concrete steps towards the eradication of child labour and forced labour, and the generation of quality employment for young people.

  2. Global Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labour

    ILO head warns that there are still 152 million victims of child labour

    14 November 2017

    In his opening speech to the IV Global Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labour, the ILO Director-General acknowledged the progress achieved in the past 20 years, but warned that there is still a long way to go in order to eradicate child labour in all its forms.

  3. Media advisory

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder to attend child labour conference in Buenos Aires

    10 November 2017

July 2017

  1. Meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Labour and Employment

    Guy Ryder: BRICS countries play a key role in tackling global world of work challenges

    27 July 2017

    Guy Ryder has renewed the ILO’s commitment to supporting BRICS countries as they address social and economic issues.

  2. News

    ILO Director-General to attend the BRICS Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting in China

    24 July 2017

    Guy Ryder, the Director-General of the ILO, will be attending the third meeting of labour and employment ministers of BRICS countries from 26 to 27 July 2017.

  3. Decent Work Country Programme for Tunisia

    One more step towards decent work in Tunisia

    21 July 2017

    The new Decent Work Country Programme for Tunisia signed by the ILO, the Tunisian Government and social partners identifies 5 national priorities.

  4. © Ness Kerton / AusAID 2018

    World Youth Skills Day

    With relevant skills, youth can help accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals

    18 July 2017

    On World Youth Skills Day, ILO highlights the need to provide new skills for young people that respond effectively to new forms of work.

  5. Partnership for Action on Green Economy

    High level political forum side event: Recalibrating market forces: how greener and more inclusive economies and finance are delivering on the sustainable development goals

    The side-event led by PAGE and the government of Finland will explore innovations that countries are leading to advance the 2030 agenda and to transform economies in ways that advance social wellbeing and ensure effective management of natural resources.

June 2017

  1. © European Commission DG ECHO 2018

    Global Forum on Migration and Development Summit in Berlin

    Guy Ryder says policy choices matter greatly to improve labour migration

    28 June 2017

    Speaking in the German capital, the ILO Director-General said that finding a decent job remains by far the main incentive for migration.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 2018

    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 2018

    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.