Statements and speeches by the ILO's Director-General

May 2017

  1. © Benson Kua 2017

    International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

    Making workplace policies supportive of all families

    17 May 2017

    "In keeping with the principles of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, no LGBTI worker should be left behind. Today let us stand in solidarity for the rights of LGBTI workers and their families", says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  2. Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation

    Guy Ryder addresses the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation

    14 May 2017

    A transcript of the Director-General’s speech delivered at the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation: Thematic Session on People-to-People Connectivity, Beijing.

April 2017

  1. © Jesse A. Lora / NAVFAC 2017

    World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2017

    ILO Director-General: "Accurate data will help to save lives"

    28 April 2017

    "Countries that have good data will be better placed to fulfil their commitment to implement and report on the global plan of action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all under the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development," says ILO Director-General on World Day for Safety and Health at Work on 28th April.

  2. Spring Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    Statement to the Development Committee: 'Weak outlook for jobs puts development prospects at risk'

    21 April 2017

    Statement by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, to the World Bank-IMF Development Committee.

  3. Spring Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    Statement to the International Monetary and Financial Committee: 'Weak outlook for jobs at heart of uncertain global economic prospects'

    21 April 2017

    Despite a mild pick-up compared to last year, global economic growth in 2017 and 2018 is insufficient to start reducing global unemployment, says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in a statement to the International Monetary and Financial Committee.

March 2017

  1. Sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women

    Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work

    13 March 2017

    "We bring our decent work mandate to the challenge of making the future of work we want – a future where women’s economic empowerment, gender equality and social justice are features of and drivers for a better world," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

February 2017

  1. © Pradip Shakya / ILO 2017

    Round table

    Making trade more inclusive

    28 February 2017

    Didier REYNDERS, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Roberto AZEVÊDO, Director-General of the WTO, and Guy RYDER, Director-General of the ILO, discussed ways to make trade more inclusive, including labour provisions in trade agreements. Guy Ryder underlined ILO's standpoint in his keynote address.

  2. © Stefan Magdalinski 2017

    World Day of Social Justice

    Decent work for social justice

    20 February 2017

    On World Day of Social Justice (20 February), ILO Director-General Guy Ryder underscores the challenge of bridging the social and economic gaps which have arisen as a result of growing inequality.

December 2016

  1. International Day of Persons with Disabilities

    Enabling policies for persons with disabilities are crucial to achieving SDGs

    03 December 2016

    People with disabilities are the world’s largest minority, says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder. However, their right to productive employment and decent work is frequently denied.

  2. International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

    Everyone needs to be aware of slavery and know how to fight it

    02 December 2016

    "The right to be free of forced labour is both a fundamental labour right, as well as a human right", says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in his message for International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.

  3. © UNICEF Ethiopia 2017

    World AIDS Day 2016

    Employment is key in the life cycle approach to HIV

    01 December 2016

    "AIDS is not over. With the finish line in sight, we need to keep our foot on the accelerator and reinforce the role of the world of work as a strategic stage in the life cycle approach to HIV," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

November 2016

  1. © Alecska 2017

    International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

    Violence against one woman anywhere is a threat to peace everywhere

    25 November 2016

    "Ending violence against women is about guaranteeing the basic rights of women and liberating us all from the ties of prejudice, misogyny and inequality. The path is clear, and the ILO will continue its work until the entire world of work is free from violence," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  2. Statement

    Address by Mr Guy Ryder, Director-General upon his re-election by the ILO Governing Body for a second five-year term starting in October 2017

    07 November 2016

October 2016

  1. © Tim Shields 2017

    International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

    The real cost of extreme poverty

    17 October 2016

    Statement of the ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

  2. The Future of Work

    'Social dialogue is vital to meeting the challenge of the future of work'

    13 October 2016

    ILO Director-General addresses a meeting on the future of work between the Italian government and employers' and workers' organizations at the country's parliament in Rome.

  3. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    ILO Director-General's statement to the International Monetary and Financial Committee

    06 October 2016

    Statement by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, to the International Monetary and Financial Committee of the 2016 Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank and the IMF.

  4. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    ILO Director-General's statement to the Development Committee

    06 October 2016

    Statement by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, to the Development Committee of the 2016 Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank and the IMF.

  5. © Luciana Ianiri 2017

    World Teachers’ Day 2016

    Valuing teachers, improving their status

    05 October 2016

    Joint Message from Agency Heads on the occasion of World Teachers’ Day 2016 and the 50th anniversary of the 1966 UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers

September 2016

  1. BRICS Ministerial Meeting

    ILO Director-General's speech to the BRICS Ministerial Meeting

    28 September 2016

  2. © Ramany / NurPhoto/afp 2017

    Occupational safety

    Statement by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, in response to Tampaco Foils Limited fire in Bangladesh

    12 September 2016

    "The ILO is ready to further support Bangladesh’s efforts to ensure the safety of its workers," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.