Statements and speeches by the ILO's Director-General

October 2017

  1. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    Achieving decent work and inclusive growth

    14 October 2017

    Statement by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, to the International Monetary and Financial Committee of the 2017 Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank and the IMF.

  2. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    ILO Director-General's statement to the Development Committee [PDF]

    13 October 2017

    Statement by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, to the Development Committee of the 2017 Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF.

  3. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

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

    13 October 2017

    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 calls for boosting global labour markets, social protection and social dialogue

    13 October 2017

    Statement by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, to the Development Committee of the 2017 Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF.

  5. International Day for Disaster Reduction

    ILO: Disaster Risk Reduction key to saving lives, livelihoods and businesses

    13 October 2017

    ILO encourages employment-centered response in line with its Recommendation 205.

  6. World Mental Health Day

    Remarks by ILO Director-General Guy Ryder at an event to mark World Mental Health Day: “Mental health in the Workplace”

    11 October 2017

  7. 10th European Regional Meeting

    ILO head focuses on the future of decent work in Europe and Central Asia

    02 October 2017

August 2017

  1. Future of work

    Remarks by ILO Director-General Guy Ryder at the launch of the ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work

    21 August 2017

    “It is fundamentally important that we confront these challenges from the conviction that the future of work is not decided for us in advance. It is a future that we must make according to the values and the preferences that we choose as societies and through the policies that we design and implement,” said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  2. International Youth Day 2017

    Building Peace through Decent Jobs for Youth

    12 August 2017

    "Young people globally have spoken of their vision for a future with decent work. We know what works to improve decent employment outcomes of youth, let’s make it happen! " says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  3. © J.C. Huayllapuma / CIFOR 2017

    International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

    Indigenous women key to ensure a better future of work for all

    08 August 2017

    Ten years since the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted, the international community renews its commitment to promote the empowerment and voice of indigenous women.

July 2017

  1. BRICS Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting

    ILO Director-General address to the BRICS on "Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future"

    26 July 2017

    “It is after all a fundamental desire of people across the world, above all in this period of transformative change and sometimes of uncertainty, that they can look forward and contribute to a better future of work – one with social justice and prosperity and decent work for all,” says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder to the BRICS Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting.

  2. © Bundesregierung/Güngör 2017

    G20 Leaders’ Summit

    Remarks by the ILO Director-General at G20 Summit Working Lunch Session on “Digitalization, Women’s Empowerment and Employment”

    08 July 2017

    “The absence of decent work opportunities often lies at the root cause of very many of the problems raised at this G20 Summit – whether it has been migration, trade, action on climate change or, yes, youth radicalization,” says ILO Director-General at the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Hamburg.

  3. International Day of Cooperatives

    Cooperatives help to build inclusive economies and societies

    01 July 2017

    "Let us draw on the strengths of cooperatives as we pool efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda and make sure that no one is left behind," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

June 2017

  1. © GFMD website 2017

    "Towards a Global Social Contract on Migration and Development", 28-30 June 2017, Berlin

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder’s opening speech to the Tenth GFMD Summit Meeting

    28 June 2017

  2. © A. Gonzalez Farran / UNAMID 2017

    World Day against Child Labour 2017

    Statement of the ILO Director-General

    12 June 2017

    “Children in areas affected by conflict and disasters are among the most vulnerable. No child must be left behind.” says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in his statement for World Day Against Child Labour.

  3. © Asian Development Bank 2017

    World Environment Day 2017

    A greener future will not be decent by definition, but by design

    05 June 2017

    "Let’s not just mark World Environment Day. Let’s make it a reason to put our political will into action. The future of our jobs, and of our children, relies on it," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

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.