Statements and speeches

July 2018

  1. Speech

    Sustainable development is not a choice, but the only way

    06 July 2018

    ILO Viet Nam Director, Chang-Hee Lee, made the speech at the celebration of the International Day of Cooperatives in Hanoi on 7 July 2018.

  2. © InstituteForApprenticeships 2018

    Youth skills

    The apprenticeship innovation challenge

    04 July 2018

    In a speech at the International Conference on Innovations in Apprenticeships, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, outlines how new types of apprenticeships are needed to tackle the youth skills gap.

June 2018

  1. © Rodrigo Soldon 2018

    Palais Wilson, Geneva

    A world of sport that fully respects human rights

    26 June 2018

    ILO Director-General shares his vision at the inaugural meeting of the Advisory Council of the Centre for Sport and Human Rights.

  2. World Congress of the UNI Global Union, Liverpool

    Don’t let the new brutalism shape our future

    19 June 2018

    In a speech to the World Congress of the UNI Global Union in Liverpool, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder says we need a future of work with labour rights, inclusion, social justice, decent work, sustainability and democracy.

  3. World Day against Child Labour

    Towards the urgent elimination of hazardous child labour

    12 June 2018

    “Children are more vulnerable to risk than adults. Urgent action is needed to ensure no child under the age of 18 is in hazardous child labour,” says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder on the occasion of World Day against Child Labour.

  4. © Anne-Mette Jensen 2018

    World Environment Day

    ILO Director-General: Keep our planet safe, clean and fit for work

    05 June 2018

    The ILO joins the international community in marking World Environment Day, placing the spotlight this year on how we can beat plastic pollution.

May 2018

  1. © Ted Eytan 2018

    International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

    Safety, respect and dignity for all at work and beyond

    17 May 2018

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder calls for an end to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, saying it is “a factor leading to violence and harassment in the world of work."

April 2018

  1. World Day for Safety and Health at Work

    Invest in young workers’ safety and health

    27 April 2018

    In a statement to mark ‘World Day for Safety and Health at Work’, ILO Director General Guy Ryder calls for action to make workplaces safe for young workers.

  2. Statement

    Statement by the International Labour Organization to the 17th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (Item 11. Follow-up to the outcome document of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples: (c) Implementation of the United Nations system-wide action plan on indigenous peoples)

    24 April 2018

  3. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    Persistent and growing inequality threatens global growth

    18 April 2018

    In a statement to the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder warned that high and rising levels of inequality are impeding inclusive and sustainable development. Looking to the future of work, he also called for a focus on decent work to confront the challenges of demography, technology, and climate change.