Statements and speeches

August 2019

  1. Global Youth Employment Forum

    The disturbing reality of youth employment

    01 August 2019

    In a speech at the opening of the ILO Global Youth Employment Forum in Abuja, Nigeria, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, said much more needs to be done to improve the employment prospects of young people.

July 2019

  1. 8th World Congress of Education International

    Education must safeguard democracy, promote the common good

    23 July 2019

    In a speech to the 8th World Congress of Education International in Bangkok, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder highlights the critical role of trade unions and teachers in shaping a just, human-centred future of work.

  2. © Claude Truong-Ngoc 2019

    École Nationale d'Administration

    No time for complacency

    08 July 2019

    The ILO needs to stand as a bulwark against the ‘new brutalism’ in the world, said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in a speech on the future of work to the École nationale d’administration in Strasbourg.

  3. International Day of Cooperatives

    Message from ILO's Director-General Guy Ryder for International Cooperative Day 2019

    05 July 2019

    The 2019 International Day of Cooperatives will be celebrated on Saturday 6 July. This year, in commemoration of the ILO’s centenary, the theme is "cooperatives for decent work" which is closely linked to SDG8. On this occasion ILO Director-General Guy Ryder has issued a video message.

June 2019

  1. © Brendan Smialowski / AFP 2019

    G20 Osaka Leaders’ Summit

    No social justice without decent work

    29 June 2019

    In a speech at the G20 leaders’ summit in Tokyo, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, pointed to the need to tackle inequality amongst the world’s workers.

  2. Statement

    Opening Speech by the ILO Director-General Guy Ryder at the ILO-ICA Joint Conference on Cooperatives and the Future of Work

    25 June 2019

  3. 108th session of the International Labour Conference

    Statement by Ms Cinzia Del Rio, Italian Workers’ delegate to the 108th session of the ILC

    17 June 2019

  4. 108th International Labour Conference - Thematic Forum

    We must work together and scale up our action to end child labour

    13 June 2019

    ILO Director-General’s opening address to the first Thematic Forum held at the 108th International Labour Conference.

  5. © Tran Van Yen / ILO 2019

    World Day Against Child Labour

    How we treat our children is a reflection of our societies and values

    12 June 2019

    In a statement released for World Day Against Child Labour, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder urges Governments, workers and employers to make a final push to end child labour.

  6. 108th International Labour Conference

    Opening remarks by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, at the 108th Session of the International Labour Conference

    10 June 2019