Statements and speeches by the ILO's Director-General

December 2018

  1. ITUC 4th World Congress

    Organized labour the best defence against intolerance

    03 December 2018

    In a speech to the 4th World Congress of the International Trade Union Confederation in Copenhagen, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, stresses the importance of the international trade union movement for a future of work that benefits all.

  2. © G20 Argentina 2018

    G20 Leaders’ Summit

    We can both create jobs and protect the environment

    01 December 2018

    Job opportunity and economic growth can happen without costing the planet, said ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, at a G20 discussion on “Embracing the Opportunities (Infrastructure; Energy transitions; A sustainable food future)”.

November 2018

  1. © G20 Argentina 2018

    G20 Leaders’ Summit

    The right policies will create a future of work we want

    30 November 2018

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, outlined critical future of work issues in a session at the G20 Leaders’ Summit on “Putting People First - Discussion Topics: Global economy; the future of work; women’s empowerment.”

  2. © Narayan Maharjan / NurPhoto 2018

    World AIDS Day 2018

    Timely HIV testing is key to workers’ health

    30 November 2018

    Do you know your HIV status? In around 50 countries HIV infections are still rising and everywhere death rates are still too high.

  3. G20 informal Employment Working Group

    G20 countries are leaders in shaping the future of work

    06 November 2018

    In remarks at a meeting of the G20 Informal Employment Working Group at ILO headquarters in Geneva, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, outlined the key issues facing a rapidly changing world of work.

October 2018

  1. ILO Global Business Network for Social Protection Floors

    Invest in social protection

    23 October 2018

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, calls on businesses to help make universal social protection a reality, in a speech at the fourth annual meeting of the ILO Global Business Network for Social Protection Floors, in Geneva, Switzerland.

  2. Global Business and Disability Network

    Disability inclusion benefits business

    22 October 2018

    Discussions about diversity, business and human rights need to include persons with disabilities, says ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, at the opening of the annual meeting of the ILO’s Global Business and Disability Network, in Geneva, Switzerland.

  3. 20th Session of the International Conference of Labour Statisticians

    ILO Director-General closes historic labour statistics Conference

    19 October 2018

    Conference offers the world new statistical tools which will provide policy makers with much needed information on emerging and less visible forms of employment.

  4. Les Entretiens France-BIT 2018

    The future of work: More voice creates better decisions in enterprises

    12 October 2018

    On the occasion of the 2018 France-ILO meetings, organized by the ILO and the French Ministry of Labour in Paris, the Director-General of the ILO, Guy Ryder, addressed the importance of social dialogue in effectively managing changes in the world of work.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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 delivered during the Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, highlighted the “warning signs” facing the global economy.

  8. © 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.

  9. © 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.