Events coverage

January 2015

  1. Recommit to social dialogue in Europe, says ILO Director-General

    28 January 2015

    Europe continues to struggle to attain real recovery, with growing inequality and unacceptably high levels of unemployment, said ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, in an address to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Minimum wage policies, restoring collective bargaining and recommitting to the processes of social dialogue would help respond to these challenges, he said.

November 2014

  1. As the business case for migration becomes stronger, so must our political capacity to deal with it, warns ILO Chief

    10 November 2014

    Policy coherence and the role labour ministries and social partners should play in employment and labour migration were the subject of a lively discussion at the ILO during a High-level Interactive Dialogue organized in cooperation with the Government of Italy. The panel was organized to share views, experiences and practices from various regional perspectives around the implementation of the ILO’s Fair Migration Agenda.

October 2014

  1. Guy Ryder: "It is for all of us to construct a future where full employment stands at the centre of our preoccupations"

    07 October 2014

    Watch ILO-Director General statement on “The future of work" at the OECD New World Forum on Tuesday 7 October.

  2. Cutting labour costs to increase trade advantage makes no sense, says ILO chief

    01 October 2014

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, participated at the opening plenary debate of the World Trade Organization's Public Forum 2014: "Why Trade Matters to Everyone". Moderator Julie Gichuru, a news anchor for Citizen TV introduced Guy Ryder. Other participants included: Roberto Azevêdo, Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Amanda Long, Director General of Consumers International, and Robert Smith, Executive Editor for the US National Public Radio (NPR).

September 2014

  1. Unless you have people earning money, you don't have demand, says ILO Head

    24 September 2014

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder called on governments to work together "to start putting people back to work". Speaking on a panel at the Ford Foundation-ILO High level event, "Employment and Decent Work for Inclusive and Sustainable Development", Ryder also noted since young people are more likely to be unemployed than adults that apprenticeships were important to reduce the mismatch between what companies need and what education provides. The event included panels moderated by CNN's Richard Quest that included four Heads of State, the CEO of Coca Cola and the General Secretary of the ITUC.

  2. Launch of the “Group of Friends of Decent Work for Sustainable Development”

    23 September 2014

    Countries, from all regions and all levels of economic development, have joined an important new initiative to highlight the critical importance of including decent work for all in the UN’s ambitious development agenda beyond 2015. The initiative was launched by Manuel Vicente, Vice President of Angola, and Jean-Pascal Labille, Minister of Development Cooperation of Belgium at a high-level event organized by the Ford Foundation and the ILO.

June 2014

  1. Ban Ki-moon: Decent work for youth backbone of development

    18 June 2014

    During his second visit to the ILO, UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, defined youth unemployment as an "epidemic" which represents a great test of our time. Mr Ban also stressed how the global youth unemployment situation is intolerable, and called for an increasing collaboration and cooperation on employment and entrepreneurship for youth.

  2. Red Card to Child Labour:
    Aerial art from Botafogo Beach, Rio de Janeiro

    12 June 2014

    More than a thousand people came together on Botafogo Beach in Rio de Janeiro to form a giant Aerial Art image to raise awareness of the 168 million of children worldwide who are in child labour. Against the backdrop of Sugar Loaf Mountain, the volunteers created a human pinwheel - the emblem of the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC). This was the main launch event to mark the start of the ILO's new Red Card to Child Labour Campaign. The Aerial Artist is John Quigley/Spectral Q, and the event was produced by Patricia Foulkrod.

  3. Behind-the-scenes: Aerial art in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    11 June 2014

    As part of the launch of the 2014 edition of the Red Card to Child Labour Campaign, the ILO commissioned aerial artist John Quiqley to create a giant image on Botafogo Beach in Rio de Janeiro that could be photographed from the air. More than one thousand volunteers, both young and old, came together to raise awareness of the 168 million child labourers worldwide by creating a colourful human pinwheel -- the symbol for the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC). Watch the highlights capturing the spirit of the event.

  4. New Protocol adopted to eliminate contemporary forms of slavery

    11 June 2014

    A new legally binding Protocol aimed at strengthening global efforts to combat forced labour was largely adopted by government, employer and worker delegates to the International Labour Conference (ILC). "This is truly a historic moment because delegates in this room have now modernized effectively Convention 29, which was adopted 84 years ago. We have much stronger measures now to protect the victims and to prevent Forced Labour", said Beate Andrees, Head of the ILO Special Action Programme to Combat Forced Labour.