Statements and speeches

February 2019

  1. Social and solidarity economy

    Social enterprises play a key role in a decent future of work

    28 February 2019

    Innovative solutions are needed to combat the challenges facing the future of work said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder at the Social Economy National Consultation Conference in Durban, South Africa.

  2. Social Justice

    World Day of Social Justice

    19 February 2019

    In a statement marking World Day of Social Justice, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder says decent work is key to achieving sustainable development and social justice, itself a foundation of lasting peace.

  3. Seventh World Government Summit

    Work for a Brighter Future

    11 February 2019

    In a speech to the seventh World Government Summit, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder stressed the need for people to design the future of work they want. He identified three areas for investment: people and their capabilities; institutions; and jobs of the future, and said that the private sector’s productive capacities, resources and potential needed to be harnessed for the future of work agenda.

January 2019

  1. © Mauro Pimentel / AFP 2019

    Statement

    Brazil dam collapse

    28 January 2019

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, has issued a statement following the collapse of a dam in the town of Brumadinho, Brazil. Around 300 people are missing, with the chances of finding survivors reported to be very low.

  2. ILO100

    A Centenary of endeavour and achievement

    22 January 2019

    In a speech to open a year of Centenary celebrations, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, described the organization as a locomotive of social progress and a harbinger of peace. He also outlined the challenges ahead.

  3. International Conference «New Perspectives in Feminist Labour: Work and Activism»

    Keynote by Gianni Rosas, Director of the ILO Office for Italy and San Marino

    17 January 2019

    University of Bologna

  4. © T. Saputro / CIFOR 2019

    PAGE Ministerial Conference

    We cannot tolerate the cost of inaction on climate change

    10 January 2019

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder outlined three key climate change challenges and put forward a number of proposals, in an address to the Ministerial Conference of the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), in South Africa.

  5. LO-Norway Conference for ILO100

    The future depends on the conscious choices we make

    08 January 2019

    In a speech to the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO), ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, stresses the importance of international cooperation to meeting the multiple challenges of the future of work.

December 2018

  1. © UN Photo/Mark Garten 2019

    Labour migration

    Rights of labour migrants need protecting

    11 December 2018

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, stressed the ILO’s support for the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, in a speech at the Intergovernmental Conference in Marrakech, Morocco.

  2. 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.