Events coverage

November 2016

  1. Toilets save lives, increase productivity and grow economies

    18 November 2016

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder highlights the link between access to clean toilets – something many take for granted but millions live without – and improved livelihoods and development, in his video message for World Toilet Day 2016. (Closed Captions available)

  2. ILO Director-General re-elected, “ready and determined” to lead

    07 November 2016

    When governments, employers and workers come together we have every chance to construct a world of work that we want, said the ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder. The Governing Body of the International Labour Organization (ILO) has re-elected Mr. Ryder as Director-General for a second five year-term to start in October 2017.

June 2016

  1. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's message to the 2016 World of Work Summit

    09 June 2016

    A message from the Secretary-General of the United Nations to delegates at the 2016 World of Work Summit. The theme of this year's summit was "Decent Jobs for Youth".

  2. Innovative global and regional partnerships are essential for youth employment

    09 June 2016

    Millions of young people worldwide are having difficulty finding a decent job. Many in the informal economy are facing poverty and few prospects for a brighter future. At a High-Level World of Work Summit at the 105th International Labour Conference, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder told delegates that investment in young people is investing in the future of entire societies. At the Summit, delegates heard a number of concrete steps to bring more young people into the world of work including building strong national and international partnerships that promote green jobs, focus on young people in rural areas and create opportunities to enhance digital skills.

  3. Child labour: The time for excuses is over

    08 June 2016

    168 million children are in or at risk for child labour around the world and current levels of crisis and conflict heighten the vulnerability of children to exploitation. But at the 105th International Labour Conference, delegates were told that international standards now in place have reduced child labour by about 1/3 in the last decade, and that today, employers and business commonly expect to eliminate child labour in their supply chains. Delegates also heard that communities themselves can play a key role; providing decent work for adults helps eliminate child labour.

  4. Decent work and social justice crucial to achieving Agenda 2030

    02 June 2016

    During an exchange on improving policy coherence for decent work and sustainable development taking place at the 105th International Labour Conference, panelists reaffirm the importance of decent work and social justice as key to achieving the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals.

May 2016

  1. Key to digital society of the future are qualified employees, new forms of employment, says Swiss President

    30 May 2016

    Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann says the key to a sustainable digital economy is more qualified employees, innovative training programs and new forms of employment. Speaking to delegates at the 105th session of the International Labour Conference in Geneva, Mr. Schneider-Ammann urged delegates not to fear change, but prepare for the future world of work and actively contribute to economic growth that creates jobs. (In German and French with subtitles in English)

  2. Economic growth without jobs is "meaningless" says new ILC President

    30 May 2016

    South Africa's Minister of Labour, Mildred Oliphant, in her address as newly-elected President of the 105th session of the International Labour Conference, says the tripartite constituents of the ILO give a unique voice to every player in the global labour market. Oliphant told delegates that lower economic growth and persistent unemployment can only be responded to when the "real economic actors" share ideas.

  3. ILO Director-General: Everyone loses if the trend toward inequality continues

    30 May 2016

    At the opening of the 105th session of the International Labour Conference, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder called on delegates to take responsibility for the rapid changes facing the world of work. In his opening remarks, Ryder told the delegates to the ILC that growing inequality, marginalization and division are not phenomena of the world of work, but "the consequences of what we do, how we behave and what we decide."

  4. It's here: The 105th International Labour Conference

    26 May 2016

    The 105th International Labour Conference gets underway in Geneva, Switzerland from 30 May - 12 June. This year's session brings together over 4,000 delegates from around the globe to discuss the most pressing issues facing the world of work today. Youth employment, global supply chains and decent work in fragile states will all be high on the agenda.