Statements and speeches by the ILO's Director-General

October 2018

  1. World Development Report 2019

    International Labour Office expresses concern about World Bank report on future of work

    12 October 2018

    Following the publication of the World Development Report 2019 on ‘The Changing Nature of Work’, the International Labour Office questions the approach to some key issues addressed in the publication.

  2. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    Statement by Mr Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, to the International Monetary and Financial Committee - Bali, 12 October 2018

    12 October 2018

  3. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    Statement by Mr Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, to the International Monetary and Financial Committee - Bali, 12 October 2018

    12 October 2018

    In a statement to the development committee at the Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, highlighted the ‘warning signs’ facing the global economy.

  4. © Liang Qiang / World Bank 2018

    World Teachers’ Day 2018

    Children need qualified teachers

    05 October 2018

    In a joint statement to mark World Teacher’s Day, the heads of ILO, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNDP and Education International underline the need for quality teaching for the world’s schoolchildren.

  5. © Eko Siswono Toyudho / Anadolu 2018

    Statement

    Statement by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, in response to the earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia

    01 October 2018

September 2018

  1. © Leon Neal / AFP 2018

    United Nations General Assembly, New York

    Remembering Mandela: “Let us walk the last mile together”

    24 September 2018

    The United Nations General Assembly in New York is holding a Peace Summit in honour of the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela. In a statement to mark the occasion, the Director-General of the International Labour Organization, Guy Ryder, describes Mandela as a lasting source of inspiration in the pursuit of peace and social justice.

  2. © Tom Percy 2018

    G20 Education and Employment Ministers’ Meeting

    Lower the barriers facing women in labour market

    07 September 2018

    In remarks to G20 Education and Employment Ministers in Argentina, Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization, outlined what’s needed to achieve gender equality in the changing world of work.

  3. G20 Education and Employment Ministers’ Meeting

    We need more and better social protection

    07 September 2018

    Director-General of the International Labour Organization, Guy Ryder, calls for social protection policies to be reinvigorated, as a key element of the future of work. He was speaking at the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting in Argentina.

  4. © G20 Argentina 2018

    G20 Education and Employment Ministers’ Meeting

    Rethink lifelong learning

    06 September 2018

    A new approach to lifelong learning is needed for the future of work, says Director-General of the International Labour Organization, Guy Ryder, in a speech to Education and Employment Ministers at a G20 ministers’ meeting in Argentina.

August 2018

  1. Obituary

    ILO mourns passing of Kofi Annan

    21 August 2018

  2. © Monty Rakusen/Cultura Creative 2018

    International Youth Day 2018

    Creating safe spaces for youth in the world of work

    10 August 2018

    "Join us on International Youth Day in committing to step up actions to promote safe spaces for young people that enhance their opportunities to secure decent work," says ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder.

  3. BRICS Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting

    Make social dialogue work

    02 August 2018

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, praises the commitment to social dialogue and tripartism made by BRICS nations - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - in a speech at the group’s Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting in South Africa.

July 2018

  1. © InstituteForApprenticeships 2018

    Youth skills

    The apprenticeship innovation challenge

    04 July 2018

    In a speech at the International Conference on Innovations in Apprenticeships, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, outlines how new types of apprenticeships are needed to tackle the youth skills gap.

June 2018

  1. © Rodrigo Soldon 2018

    Palais Wilson, Geneva

    A world of sport that fully respects human rights

    26 June 2018

    ILO Director-General shares his vision at the inaugural meeting of the Advisory Council of the Centre for Sport and Human Rights.

  2. World Congress of the UNI Global Union, Liverpool

    Don’t let the new brutalism shape our future

    19 June 2018

    In a speech to the World Congress of the UNI Global Union in Liverpool, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder says we need a future of work with labour rights, inclusion, social justice, decent work, sustainability and democracy.

  3. World Day against Child Labour

    ILO Director-General: Towards the urgent elimination of hazardous child labour

    12 June 2018

    “Children are more vulnerable to risk than adults. Urgent action is needed to ensure no child under the age of 18 is in hazardous child labour,” says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder on the occasion of World Day against Child Labour.

  4. © Anne-Mette Jensen 2018

    World Environment Day

    ILO Director-General: Keep our planet safe, clean and fit for work

    05 June 2018

    The ILO joins the international community in marking World Environment Day, placing the spotlight this year on how we can beat plastic pollution.

May 2018

  1. © Ted Eytan 2018

    International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

    Safety, respect and dignity for all at work and beyond

    17 May 2018

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder calls for an end to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, saying it is “a factor leading to violence and harassment in the world of work."

April 2018

  1. World Day for Safety and Health at Work

    Statement by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, for the World Day for Safety and Health at Work

    27 April 2018

    In a statement to mark ‘World Day for Safety and Health at Work’, ILO Director General Guy Ryder calls for action to make workplaces safe for young workers.

  2. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    Statement by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, to the Development Committee, 2018

    18 April 2018

    In a statement to the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder warned that high and rising levels of inequality are impeding inclusive and sustainable development. Looking to the future of work, he also called for a focus on decent work to confront the challenges of demography, technology, and climate change.