Statements and speeches

April 2017

  1. © Jesse A. Lora / NAVFAC 2017

    World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2017

    "Accurate data will help to save lives"

    28 April 2017

    "Countries that have good data will be better placed to fulfil their commitment to implement and report on the global plan of action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all under the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development," says ILO Director-General on World Day for Safety and Health at Work on 28th April.

  2. Spring Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    "Weak outlook for jobs puts development prospects at risk"

    21 April 2017

    Statement by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, to the World Bank-IMF Development Committee.

  3. Spring Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    “Weak outlook for jobs at heart of uncertain global economic prospects”

    21 April 2017

    Despite a mild pick-up compared to last year, global economic growth in 2017 and 2018 is insufficient to start reducing global unemployment, says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in a statement to the International Monetary and Financial Committee.

March 2017

  1. Statement

    ILO Statement to the UN Security Council on Modern Slavery

    16 March 2017

  2. Sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women

    Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work

    13 March 2017

    "We bring our decent work mandate to the challenge of making the future of work we want – a future where women’s economic empowerment, gender equality and social justice are features of and drivers for a better world," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

February 2017

  1. © Pradip Shakya / ILO 2017

    Round table

    Making trade more inclusive

    28 February 2017

    Didier REYNDERS, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Roberto AZEVÊDO, Director-General of the WTO, and Guy RYDER, Director-General of the ILO, discussed ways to make trade more inclusive, including labour provisions in trade agreements. Guy Ryder underlined ILO's standpoint in his keynote address.

  2. © Stefan Magdalinski 2017

    World Day of Social Justice

    Decent work for social justice

    20 February 2017

    On World Day of Social Justice (20 February), ILO Director-General Guy Ryder underscores the challenge of bridging the social and economic gaps which have arisen as a result of growing inequality.

December 2016

  1. Statement

    Opening statement to the High-Level Ministerial Meeting on Health Employment and Economic Growth

    14 December 2016

    Statement by Gilbert Houngbo, ILO's Deputy Director-General for Field Operations & Partnerships.

  2. International Day of Persons with Disabilities

    Enabling policies for persons with disabilities are crucial to achieving SDGs

    03 December 2016

    People with disabilities are the world’s largest minority, says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder. However, their right to productive employment and decent work is frequently denied.

  3. International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

    Everyone needs to be aware of slavery and know how to fight it

    02 December 2016

    "The right to be free of forced labour is both a fundamental labour right, as well as a human right", says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in his message for International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.